is stationary/emcumbbient bike ok to use?

By shortysmalls Latest Reply 2014-02-18 23:06:42 -0600
Started 2012-11-08 02:43:19 -0600

I bought an exercise bike that is close to the ground. is on low and am peduling but seems to hurt after I stop. But havent ridden a bike in yrs…havent forgot but knees and ankles hurts. Is it good for diabetics to use stationary bike? Want to exercise, which is a good thing, but dont want to get sore, hurt and discouraged so wont do it any more. Does this make any sense?
thanks and have a great Thanksgiving. Shortysmalls

33 replies

Turtle 2012-11-12 17:36:35 -0600 Report

When you go to the dr. talk with him/her about starting an exercise program, what you are interested in doing and if it is ok to begin. When I go to the ymca, I like to get in a corner in the shallow end and work on leg movement since my knees hurt so bad all the time. I also use the stationary bike (recumbant). Yes, it is a workout at times and I have to remember to use either cold or heat or both, 20 min on 20 min off. I agree, when you first start out, it does hurt. So you may need to do it less and work up slowly.

Nick1962 2012-11-12 19:54:39 -0600 Report

Hey Turtle, when you go to the pool, have you ever considered using a pair of swim fins like these?
They make use of your shin and thigh muscles and go a little easier on your knees. Once you outgrow them you can always hand them off to someone and get a pair of full snorkel fins like I did when I was learning to snorkel recently.
And for the pain…Biofreeze really works for me and you can get it on Amazon

shortysmalls 2012-11-13 09:37:47 -0600 Report

i cant dont go to pool much…would sink like a rock…lol

Nick1962 2012-11-13 09:55:46 -0600 Report

You only think you can't. I didn't think I could either until I jumped off a boat with a snorkel and fins on.

shortysmalls 2012-11-13 20:09:24 -0600 Report

havaent tried to swim in yrs…never hurts to venture into the unknown so to speak…next summer maybe will give it a go…bike coming along ok…ctually start to enjoy it.

Nick1962 2012-11-14 07:43:06 -0600 Report

Yeah, I was 49 before I really tried to do it and was pretty suprised. I'm not the best at it, and if I were in a shipwreck would probably drown, but I was able to snorkel nearly a mile and kept up with the group.
Don't know if you like music or have any type of player, but that really helps pass the time during exercise. Sometimes I'm so into it I forget and go past the time I set for myself that day.

shortysmalls 2012-11-15 13:58:43 -0600 Report

and yes will drop hints…will also drop the hint for some other stuff…work for walmart so maybe hubby can get stuff there..or…let faily know..but will try the music thing

shortysmalls 2012-11-14 21:50:41 -0600 Report

yes do like m usic..may give it a try…at the moment am watching tv…so its ok but always seems to be lkooking at the time…but going to get a radio or something so make time go faster thanks for suggestion

Nick1962 2012-11-15 11:10:49 -0600 Report

My MP3 player was really cheap and I can tailor my workout to my music or vice versa. It's like a little concert each time I exercise. Of course you still have to buy or convert any music you already have (and buying can get expensive), but that way I can choose what puts me in a happy mood. Christmas is just around the corner, never to early to start dropping hints.

Fefe12 2012-11-11 00:10:09 -0600 Report

Oh boy! The beginning of the workouts. Sorry to tell you that when you first start, and when you do something new, you WILL hurt. Goes with the territory. But dont let it discourage you, it will go away. My best and only advise is to find something you love to do. If you dont you will fail. There will always be an excuse to NOT do it for one reason or another. If you love it you will find ways to get it done. Rain or shine, early or late. Ive been doing mine for 8 years now. Never get tired of it, will do what ever it takes to get it done.

Linda crutch
Linda crutch 2012-11-09 17:07:42 -0600 Report

I've had a lot of knee surgeries over the years and the physical therapist put me on stationary bike every time. Sure, it hurts at first, but eases as time goes by. Like the others replied: take it slow and gradually add time and resistance.

shortysmalls 2012-11-10 21:08:43 -0600 Report

am taking it slow…but man it seems like forever!!but slow is a good thing…doing 4 min but knees still hurt. guess thats normal but time will tell. thanks for the support and encouragement!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-08 11:18:59 -0600 Report

There are diabetic athletes so this means diabetics can with proper care perform all kinds of sports should they choose to do so. Have your doctor check your joints to see what is causing the pain. When exercising for the first time, take it slow to build up your endurance.

shortysmalls 2012-11-08 16:36:11 -0600 Report

have an appt with dr in two weeks so eill see wht it is. i know I have osteoarthritis so with cold and doing this bike, that might be the cause but will ck and make sure. thanks for the advice

Nick1962 2012-11-08 09:33:19 -0600 Report

I used to own a bike shop and one of the most common mistakes is proper seat position. I assume the seat is adjustable, so make sure it is at a position that when you are on the bottom of the downstroke (when the pedal is farthest away) your leg is completely extended without being bent (or bent very slightly)at the knee, ideally with the bottom of your foot at a 90 degree angle to your leg. This makes your knee and hip flex less.
It’s the difference between standing up straight and just ducking down a few inches or doing deep knee bends.

DeanaG 2012-11-08 13:18:56 -0600 Report

Ahhhh, maybe that is the problem with my bike.
I will try adjusting the seat as you advise, Nick.
Thank you!!

Nick1962 2012-11-08 14:13:00 -0600 Report

Yup, there's a whole list of seat tilt, forward/backward, handlebar position things to go through to get the right fit. A stationary bike is a bit different because you don't have to deal with balance, but a good rule of thumb is to sit on the seat (with hands on the handlebars) and you should be able to put your heel on the low pedal with no bend at the knee. If you find yourself rocking side to side as you pedal, it's too high, and never ride "no-hands".

shortysmalls 2012-11-08 10:40:08 -0600 Report

thanks for the advice, did adjust the seat and since am 4'9" is almost to the handlebarss…LOL but its not up too far so that cant get off or not extending legs. will adjust the tension so will c if that helps or others. thanks for the advice.

Nick1962 2012-11-08 11:31:44 -0600 Report

Sure. Didn't know what type of bike it was, but most people automatically think they should be able to put their foot on the ground while still seated, so they set their seat too low. That really works your knees. Same applies to an exercise bike. Just moving the seat an inch or two can work a whole different set of muscles. Best of luck to ya!

shortysmalls 2012-11-10 21:13:29 -0600 Report

moved the seat back alittle…but cant go two far back or like I said cant reach the peddles…so am trying to see what works without moving too far back…still sore but still staying with it.

GabbyPA 2012-11-08 08:22:26 -0600 Report

Unless there is damage in your joints to avoid, bikes are great forms of exercise. If you are rusty, it will take some time for your body to catch up. But if you start out slow and small time frames and do it consistently, you will build up to the time and effort you want. Take it slow so you don't get too painful and give up.

shortysmalls 2012-11-08 10:41:38 -0600 Report

am taking it slow but tyhink its cause havent done it in awhile. will take it slow. do but 2-4 min at a time. just concerned cause knees are sore. but wont give up. and will be conssistant. but it still hurts…lol

JSJB 2012-11-08 03:15:47 -0600 Report

I use it every morning and log on 2 - 3 miles in 20 minutes. I also go to the gym and walk on the tredmill for 40 min 2 miles. Don't do it every day, i vary my exercise time and equipment. Now I am looking at a machine for uperbody work. Wish I did this when I was younger but ??????

shortysmalls 2012-11-08 16:38:30 -0600 Report

oh how I know bout doing exercise when i was younger…was the couch potatoe so exercise was a dirty word. wish I had though. but never too late to change habits and pick up some good ones. am doing bout 4 minutes twice a day…all that body can handle for now. think bikes out there where handlebars move or something. know have rowing machines and stuff like that but not sure.

jayabee52 2012-11-09 16:04:31 -0600 Report

YES there are bikes like the Schwinn Airdyne where the handkebars move and you can use it to work out your arms instead of peddling with your feet. I used to have one. I believe I have seen them in a recumbent configuration also. My upright Schwinn cost a pretty penny when I bought it back in 1980; Unfortunately it became for me very expensive clothes rack and I finally gave it away.

JSJB 2012-11-09 03:37:31 -0600 Report

4 min. is better than nothing. It gets easier just keep it up. I like the stationary bike and tredmill. I am now going to start upper body work.

shortysmalls 2012-11-10 21:10:27 -0600 Report

i loved my treadmill…went through two of them in two yrs!!! i lived on mine…was either a hamster or a lab rat…lol. but am taking it slow but need to learn patience…not my strong suit but am trying…

jayabee52 2012-11-08 03:12:03 -0600 Report

howdy shortysmalls

I know of no good reason why a Person With Diabetes (PWD) should not ride a bike. In fact it is good to use it to exercise IMHO. You might want to back off on the intensity and length of the ride, and slowly increase it week by week.

Thanks for the thanksgiving wishes. Praying a blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!


shortysmalls 2012-11-08 16:40:18 -0600 Report

am going to increase week by week but will c how it goes. did the t readmill which i likesd but with s apt isnt an option. doing reg ride and see how goes thing…but will take slow. and thanks for thnaksgiving wishes. not working that day so going to relax with family…no plans yet shorty

shortysmalls 2014-02-18 23:06:42 -0600 Report

well got rid of the bike but went back to my old standby…walking. easier on my joints and if fall, not that far to go…lol. but will try going into the pool and doing some type of exercise. I also had bought some hand weights and use them to tone. but since the last time here…we lost water in our apartment…had none for 3 months…got an RV and moved during a snowstorm no less…so stress was insane…more like a 15!!! so now am hooked up again online…and can get back here more often. missed everyone though…hope all had great holiday!! shorty