My last blog was about a recumbent elliptical. After further research, I am convinced this is a good invention. And with that, I checked out “marketplace” for a good deal.
And ... I got one! I tried it last night, and again this morning. Yup, my heart rate actually registered in the cardio and peak zones, according to my Fitbit. I am not able to do that just walking around my neighbourhood.
If you have not seen one, here is a summary:
1. It was designed for rehabilitation: easier on hips, knees.
2. Ideal for people needing back support or with balance issues.
3. Gentle motion, with heel-to-toe movement.
4. Programming can be personalized and resistance controlled.
5. Runs on magnets, so very quiet (silent).
6. Handles rotate for arm workouts, as a cross trainer, or as a focused exercise routine.
7. Adjusts in multiple places - handles, seat, seat back, and programs.
8. Easy on and off, especially for people with mobility issues.
9. Nice wide seat! Comfortable, safe and secure.
10. Easier on the knees than a bike, recumbent or otherwise.
11. Can do a longer workout, due to less stress on the body (depending on your settings).
12. It is heavy and heavy duty, but two of us were able to move it. (Some buy and sell ads recommend getting a moving company!)
14. If the gyms close (Covid-19), one at home is ideal.
13. It is not the workout you might get on a treadmill, but it certainly has other benefits.
I was a runner, once upon a time, and really wondered if I would ever get there again. Being overweight, and so much older, convinced me that it would never happen. Now I’ve lost the weight ... no more excuses! With winter snow falling around me, I won’t be running outside anytime soon, but by adding cardio to my day, I might just be interested in running by the spring. Shocking possibility! Stay tuned!
(I picked up this used unit for $300, but was supposed to look at one for $1800. I scored!)