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B J Elliott
09-04-2009, 06:34 PM
My wife and I are wanting to purchase an indoor exercise machine of some sorts, I am leaning toward a bicycle. I an 59 any the othere half is 65 with not good knees. Before I go out and make a huge mistake, can someone maybe guide me in the right direction? (treadmill, stationary bike etc.) Thank you. BJ

Bebo
09-05-2009, 12:27 AM
B.J. .. I am not expert but the treadmill and bic are both going to be high impact on knees and I doubt that they will be used if it hurts .. I would be leaning toward possibly some kind of water exercise device, something to give exercise but not have to have hard impact on knees ... maybe like a small pool and do isometric type exercise routines .. Just my thoughts on topic.

rkbartley
09-05-2009, 01:59 AM
BJ, due to the knee problem, Bebo is correct that water therepy is the best (if available). I suggest talking to a qualified physical therepist, or possibly more than one, to get their thought on a home machine or other options. There are several that allow you to focus on more than the legs...but be prepared to shell out some bucks. Bow-Flex comes to mind but there are many more....
Good luck in your search!

rkb

Decline
09-05-2009, 08:50 AM
If you had to go with one or the other the bike is going to be lower impact than the treadmill. I know there are people who do spinning. I have not done it but my understanding is that they pedal at a brisk pace with little to no resistance dialed in on the bike. it seems to work well for some and it sounds low impact since you aren't working against resistance but i suppose it depends on just how bad these knees are. I personal prefer a treadmill because it feels natural- less of a chore to use.

You also might look into a recumbent stationary bike
this was just the first one that popped up on yahoo
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/c_10153_12605_Fitness+%26+Sports_Exercise+Cycles?p sid=15812772&sid=ISx20070515x00001b&OVRAW=recumbent%20exercise%20bike&OVKEY=stationary%20recumbent%20exercise%20bike&OVMTC=advanced&OVADID=43776900512&OVKWID=64832442512
http://s.sears.com/is/image/Sears/00689587000?hei=100&wid=100&op_sharpen=1&qlt=75 (http://recs.richrelevance.com/rrserver/click?a=10153&vg=f6e306bda138a897:1b59d3ba:12389ac4f6f:-3962&pti=4&pa=content_json&hpi=-1&stn=NonGenreCategoryTopSellers&u=00005iy-bp8UlJ5sASkZYbqE0k0:14djto93i&s=00005iy-bp8UlJ5sASkZYbqE0k0:14djto93i&pg=10&p=00689587000P&ct=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sears.com%2Fshc%2Fs%2Fp_10153_ 12605_00689587000P%3Fmv%3Drr)

these are easier on the backside!;)

Cottonmouth
09-05-2009, 02:01 PM
What's good for one may not be good for another, but I workout 5 days a week at the gym. I walk on the treadmill 30 min. twice a week and walk on the elyptical machine 3 times a week. Whatever time I have left when I finish the rest of my workout, I spend on the stationary bike. My knees don't hurt all the time, but when I squat down, I almost need help to get up, and jumping is strictly taboo. Out of the three machines, if I was going to put one in my home, it would be the elyptical machine. You stand on the foot pads and you press down on the pads in a walking motion. Very low impact and by increasing the resistance when you get used to it, you can get more calories in 30 minutes than on the bike or the treadmill. The first time I used the elyptical machine, I lasted about 3 minutes. Now I go for 30 minutes. Hope this at least gives you a little comparison between the machines. If you have any more questions I can help you with, BJ, get with me privately.

Roy

B J Elliott
09-05-2009, 07:03 PM
I could not have gotten any better advice anywhere from anyone. Thank you all very much. What everyone said makes good sense. BJ:)

Eccentric
09-06-2009, 10:00 AM
Keep in mind that exercise in water is good exercise but lacks the weight bearing that is good for keeping bones strong.

Sometimes just plain old brisk walking on a very regular basis is a great thing. Hits the cardiovascular, bones for weight bearing, muscles, etc.

Pick a distance and increase it a bit after each week.

My two cents for whatever it's worth.

B J Elliott
09-06-2009, 05:42 PM
Well guys, ended up going to a place called play it again sports here in town and purchased an elliptical. It was used but you could not tell that at all, my wife is going to talk to her doc and if he says no good, I have 7 days to return. Most appreciative of all the good advice. A new one cost 2800 dollars and I got this one for 299 plus delivery charge. Hope it works out, me, I do not exercise, it hurts too much but my wife sort of needs it, heh heh:D