Louisville Chiropractor recommends recumbents as the healthiest type of cycling
When Chiropractor Dr. Larry Preble of Oldham County, sees cyclists with
physical complaints like "lower-back pain, numbness in the hands and tingling in
the fingers, sciatica or impotence caused by putting too much pressure on the
groin", he might be likely to recommend a unique solution. He tells his
patients to get a recumbent bicycle!
That's because he feels that:
Dr Larry, featured in an article in the Courier-Journal (LouisVille, KY) told reporters he switched to a recumbent "out of curiosity" in 1999 but his wife, Margaret, also switched because a regular bike was causing numbness in her hands, something which she never feels on a 'bent!
J. Michael Kennedy, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, recently used a heart-rate monitor and compared riding a recumbent with regular cycling. Kennedy found that not only did he burn MORE calories on a recumbent but he stayed in the aerobic ('fat burning' zone) for longer. PAIN does not burn calories - with a recumbent the old adage "no pain, no gain" is not true. It's all fun and lots of gain in enjoyment and quality of life while possibly a loss in the weight department. Does it get any better?