I purchased a spin bike, had tried them and liked them, but I find I am not using it because it hurts my knees and it stresses my neck and shoulders from how I must be positioned on the seat/handle bars. I want to get a machine of some kind……I used to have a treadmill and sold it, but I want something aerobic that will also tone…..do you have any recommendations? I am also looking at the Bowflex Tread Climber…it says it combines, stair, elliptical and treadmill for low impact and I really need low impact. If it hurts me, I won’t do it…..thanks for any light you can shed.
Yes I agree with Stephen, I would also suggest switching to a recumbant bike if you do enjoy cycling. When cycling with knee arthritis, be sure the seat is adjusted properly to your height for optimum comfort.
Also the Arc trainer that Marlan suggested is my #1 choice at our gym for arthritic members. Basically this machine allows you to swing your legs in a wide stride and the resistance can be adjusted to give you a harder or easier workout. I prefer the arc trainer to the elliptical because it positions the feet and legs in a slightly different way that removes almost all torque from the knees and hips.
And Andrew mentioned the Rower which works out the upper body, core muscles and legs. There is little to no impact on the knees and hips with this machine and body weight is predominantly supported by the machine, making it an excellent choice of exercise machine for people with bad knees, and yes as long as you don’t lock the knees when extending legs.
Now as far as purchasing the Treadclimber, it will also give your knees a gentler low impact workout . Also if you are easily bored it will also help ward off boredom by acting as a stair stepper or a treadmill.
My suggestion is to try them out in the store (especially the Treadclimber due to it’s high price tag) and see which one you and your knees like the best! 🙂
As Joanne said, it is a great idea to look up the exercise guidelines for people living with arthritis. This is a general topic, to me, because there are different types of arthritis and different levels of pain, so it’ll take some work finding the right set of “specific” guidelines depending on your condition.
I don’t know if this will be a helpful resource for you, but consider the following:
As far as a good low impact machine, consider the Cybex 750AT Total Body Arc Trainer, or one of the lower-end models. Speaking from personal experience, these machines will kick your behind, cardio-wise, and they are fun to be on. As with ellipticals, it can be difficult to get started on at first, but the learning curve is small and it’s easy to get accustomed to the machine and begin enjoying the workouts with less fatigue.
I hope that this was somewhat helpful to you, Patty!
I would suggest finding out what are the exercise guidelines for people living with arthritis.
Arthritis is a clinical condition and there are published exercise guidelines for this condition. The ACSM is a good resource. This should serve as a good guide for you in making an informed decision.
All the best.