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.
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.
Just about all of my clients with knee problems like the elliptical machines. I would try out different models because there are some variables with resistance, stride length and overall feel. Some also add arm movement which I personally don’t like but others do.
I wish you good luck finding the right piece of equipment and I applaud your attitude of not letting knee pain stop you from exercising.