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Pedal the Right Way

It would be nice if a gal or guy could just pop into a gym for a worry-free workout. But, seeing as how most gyms are typically chock-full of equipment and gadgets, it is important for an exerciser to learn a bit before sweatin’ it out.

When it comes to the recumbent versus the upright bike the “What-the-heck-is-this-thingamajig?” questions do not fall flat.
In fact, most exercisers want to learn more than just the simple operating instructions; for many, it is important to also know which provides a more comfortable ride.

Though both bikes can give their riders a solid workout, it's important to keep your exercise goals in mind when hopping on for a workout. Those factors, experts say, can assist in making a quick decision when choosing a bike to work up a good sweat!

The Upright Bike—Similar to an outdoor bike, it's a good choice for riders who want to stay moderately upright when sitting. However, be careful of a spinning bike—it has lower handle bars and causes a person to lean farther forward than he would with an electronic bike.

The Recumbent Bike—Boasting a lower seat than an upright bike, the recumbent bike is positioned so that the pedals are front of the body and the legs are horizontal. The seat is equipped with a back rest, so a fitness-buff may lean back in a semi-relaxed position, as she would in a chair.

What’s more, experts say the best thing to keep in mind before hopping on a bike is to adjust the seat before beginning to ride. This quick fine-tuning will keep knees safe.

So, whatch-ya waiting for? Start pedaling! [MSN]

Posted: 5/22/08