RECUMBENT BIKE BENEFITS
A common misconception in the fitness world is that you will burn less calories on a recumbent compared to an upright, but this is incorrect! While you may not be able to work as many muscles (you’re required to remain seated) you will still burn an equal number of calories. Plus, recumbents offer unbeatable comfort thanks to the chair-like seat that supports your back throughout the workout, meaning you can ride for longer and actually burn more calories!
Perfect for those recovering from injury, the recumbent benefits from a lower seat position, meaning it’s easier to get onto and ride. This reclined position, however, means your lower body and legs have to work harder against gravity.
With a larger footprint, a recumbent bike takes up more space than an upright, and are generally more expensive too. Not a big deal in most cases, but something to take into account.
Choose a recumbent bike if:
- You want a comfortable workout
- You suffer from back pains, or you’re recovering from injury
- You want built-in workouts