Woul;d walking or bike riding be better for You???

bulldinkieAugust 27, 2003

Does anybody know. I can go further on excersise bike than walking because of my knees.I fell down my stairs a couple years ago and damaged both knees.The only place I can walk here is one lane road with woods on both sides hubby doesnt like me walking there.

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lazy_gardens

Try walking in place, inside on a padded carpet.

Then try bicycling and see how your knees feel.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2003 at 1:21PM
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trekaren

My gym has a regular exercise bike with a standard seat, and one that is recumbant. I find the recumbant bike much more comfortable and I can endure much longer on it.

Once you've lost a few pounds, you can try walking on a treadmill with no incline set, and good quality shoes.

Then alternate each day. They both have good benefits. It sounds like due to the isolation of your trail that walking may not be available to you. (and I sympathize - my DH refuses to walk with me and I don't like to go alone). If you look into bikes, try them out in the store before you buy.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2003 at 1:56PM
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bulldinkie

I walked for years at a local lake. till I fell . so I have treadmill. I also have that great bike I love it.No theres no where to walk. Roads are narrow dangerous.Like I said the other one is isolated. No hubby doesnt need any excersise he cant it his butt what he has of one down.Hes a workaholic.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2003 at 11:07PM
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hayjud_mn

Bulldinkie,
Ive heard that the bike is good for working off calories, but that walking is good for keeping your bones strong.
Hayjud

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 12:41AM
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bulldinkie

well I was to the dr yesterday as usual they weigh you I lost a few pounds and went down 1 pants size in 3 weeks so its helping that way.I do feel good.Little more energy.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 8:27AM
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hayjud_mn

bulldinkie,
That is wonderful! Keep it up!
Hayjud

    Bookmark   August 31, 2003 at 10:43PM
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joann23456

I was ill for years, lost a lot of weight and a lot of muscle mass. At one point, my knees were so weak that I had to crawl up the stairs.

I found some gentle knee exercises that I did to strengthen my knees (actually, my thigh muscles) before I ever started working out. This website is about what I did.

Now that my knees are stronger, I do both the treadmill and the recumbant bike, plus the Nautilus circuit. All of them seem to be working, because I can now easily go up and down stairs.

Thanks, and good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Gentle knee exercises

    Bookmark   December 6, 2003 at 8:36AM
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chinacat_sunflower

I've got one bad knee, and two bad ankles...and biking is the only aerobic exercise I get- swimming's always a lazy thing for me, but biking really gives me the need for speed-

the exercises that joanne's website shows are great, I'm one of the many who swear by the chondriton/glucosamine and Magnesium/calcium supplements...

I may never play rubgy again- but I can not only sit cross-legged again, I can STAND UP from that position without using me hands...

and that's something, indeed,

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 12:11PM
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bulldinkie

Yes the bike I have you kind of lay back,You are so comfortable on there compared to a regular bike.I walked many many miles every day tilkl I fell down stairs damaged knees.Walking is great.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2004 at 9:27AM
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joann23456

I'm with chinacat, too - I swear by glucosamine/chondroitin. There are actually some small peer-reviewed studies out there that show a benefit to it.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2004 at 1:52PM
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