Over the years, I have tried several exercise regiments and different low impact machines. Until I discovered the recumbent exercise bike, all exercise ended in pain.
While I would be the first to say there is no substitute for walking, I am grateful to have found an indoor exercise machine that actually works for me. By the way, I have tried other types of exercise bikes, but the backless style puts too much pressure on my spine.
The Pro-Form 235 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike Information & Features
ProForm 235 CSX Recumbent BikeOriginally, I planned to purchase a exercise bike made by a company that is renowned for quality bicycles. My husband suggested I go to a local store that has them set up and allows you to test them. I am so glad I took his advice! The one I thought I wanted was uncomfortable, which means I would end up not using it.
When I sat on the Pro-Form Recumbent Bike, I was shocked at the difference. The seat is supportive and quite comfortable. Because the seat will move forward, I was able to set it for my leg length with my back pressed against the seat back for support.
It is recommended that you exercise 5 days a week, for 30 minutes. I am easily able to peddle for 30 minutes without experiencing any pain, during or after. That is amazing!
There are 18 difference workout settings which emulate riding on various terrains, or you can simply peddle at your own pace and preferred resistance level.
For example, I can take it slow and easy, with no resistance, for 30 minutes and burn 150 calories. A real workout would obviously yield greater results.
- Requires 4 D Batteries for Monitor (a power adapter is sold separately)
- Monitor shows time, speed, watts, & calories burned
- EKG Grip Pulse
- Built-in Audio for Ipod
- Adjustable Cushioned Seat
- Water Bottle Holder
- Quiet (almost silent)
- Approximately 5' long & 2' wide
- 275 lb. Weight Limit
Other Considerations Before You Begin
It takes a few hours to assemble the exercise bike and having a second person to help is preferred. You don't want to rush the assembly time!
You will also need a carpet piece or mat underneath the bike to avoid damaging floors when exercising.
Plus, be sure to buy your batteries or the AC adapter in advance. You will want to be able to test everything immediately after it is assembled.
Entertainment While Exercising
Most often, I feel like I should be doing something instead of dedicating time to exercise. After all, real bicycling allows you to enjoy your surroundings, the sounds, the smells, and the beauty of the great outdoors. It is a totally different experience than just plain exercising.
Frankly, I need a distraction when I exercise. The ProForm 235 CSX Recumbent Bike has a slot in front of the monitor for an iPad or Kindle. Instead of watching the monitor, I watch a movie, read, listen to an audio book or to music. Before I know it, the 30 minutes have passed.
Of course, you would set your own workout length of time and preferred resistance. Just be sure to bring your water bottle and entertainment along for the ride.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You should consult your physician before starting this or any exercise program to determine what is best for your needs.
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