As we get older it can be hard to know what type of stationary bikes are best to meet the capabilities that we need.
For the later years in life (some say the best years) it’s important to keep a consistent exercise regime.
It could be anything such as walking, jogging or lifting weights but what I want to focus on here is the best stationary bikes for seniors citizens.
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Why Choose a Stationary Bike?
A stationary bike is a great piece of fitness equipment that can offer an incredible workout but at the same time has very low impact on your joints.
This is excellent for keeping your heart fit and healthy, helps promote muscle tone and isn’t as harsh on your joints as running or jogging would be.
Research has also suggested that using a stationary bike can also improve cognitive function and even stave off the effects associated with diabetes.
For the sole reasons discussed above I do highly recommend a stationary bike for seniors simply due to the enormous benefits of using one.
You can easily pick up a great stationary bike that offers a full effective workout that comes in quite affordable.
That’s what we’ll be discussing here!
But firstly, let’s have a look at some of the things you should keep an eye out for before purchasing.
What To Look Out For
The Type of Stationary Bike
So as the name suggests a stationary bike is simply a bike that doesn’t necessarily move, like an outdoor bike would.
Now, stationary bikes do come in a few forms.
You have your:
- Upright Bike
- Recumbent Bike
- Spin Bike
- Air Bike
Now, spin bikes and air bikes are designed for intense cardio workouts.
They try and get the heart pumping so you’re reaching your maximum level of output.
So, for senior citizens that may have weaker joints or heart problems I wouldn’t necessarily suggest one of these.
What we’re going to be looking at here is either the Upright Bike or the Recumbent Bike.
What Weight Can It Hold?
When researching for a new stationary bike, always check what is the maximum weight it can hold.
The more affordable bikes may not be able to hold as much weight as some of the more expensive bikes simply down to their design, manufacturing and how robust they are.
But don’t worry I’ll list out what weight each stationary bike can hold!
Is It Easily Accessible?
If you have poor mobility or are still recovering from some form of surgery, you’ll want a stationary bike that is easily accessible.
The last thing you want is to be buying a stationary bike that is more hassle than it’s worth.
Although the bikes I have listed here, make it very easy to get on and off the bike without any real trouble.
This is another big factor here.
Before you think of buying your own stationary bike, always check the space where you’ll be using it firstly!
Check there is going to be enough space where you can place the bike with additional room for getting on and off the bike.
I’ll be providing exact dimensions of each stationary bike here anyway so you’ll no what best fits your space.
Exercising can take it’s toll on the body and can sometimes direct pressure towards your back.
If you already suffer from poor mobility, arthritis or have lower back problems then having a supported backrest can really make the difference.
It will keep pain at bay by supporting your back allowing you to stay on the stationary bike for longer.
10 Best Stationary Bikes for Seniors
NordicTrack Commercial VR21
The NordicTrack Commercial VR21 comes in as one of the most expensive recumbent stationary bikes you can buy.
But for good reason!
It has a fully robust easy-step-in design which firstly allows you get on and off the bike with ease but also allows you to exercise as hard as you want without experiencing any shakiness.
The supported seat backrest can be adjusted forward or back so you can find the right fit for you with the pedals.
Handlebars at either side of the seat and directly in front give you more confidence in your exercise routine and can help drive that extra push through each cycle.
25 levels of resistance allow you to increase the intensity of your cycle that can all be worked from the rather attractive display in front.
This display shows your Time, Distance, Calories Burned, Speed and Heart Rate (if you’ve connected up your heart rate monitor)
This is Bluetooth & iFit enabled which allows you to connect to other apps and get better interactivity from your exercise routine.
An auxiliary music port with duel 2 inch speakers and AutoBreeze Fan help make your workout more enjoyable.
ProForm X-Bike DUO
The ProForm X-Bike DUO has been given this name for a reason.
Because it’s basically 2 bikes in 1!
You see you can use this as either an Upright Bike or a Recumbent Bike.
This is enabled by it’s folding design which not only gives a greater choice in workouts but is an absolute incredible space saver!
It has 14 levels of resistance aswell as 14 workout programmes that are guaranteed to help you work up a sweat!
These can all be controlled by the display in front that gives you all the metrics you need when exercising.
You can also place your phone or tablet in the holder in front if your looking to catch up on your latest show or if connecting to your favourite cycling app.
The ProForm also has a magnetic resistance so you can cycle in silence even with the 3kg inertia enhanced flywheel.
JLL have created a very easy to use and incredibly accessible recumbent bike.
Made of high grade steel – this bike offers a fully workout without comprising durability.
It’s very versatile in the sense that it has 7 horizontal positions that you can extend the bike to.
Whether your taller or smaller in size, not to worry you can find the best fit that suits you.
It has a fully padded comfortable seat and backrest with handlebars at either end just to give you that extra confidence when exercising.
Resistance can be turned up with the turn crank in front that directly adds or removes the magnetic resistance to the 5kg flywheel.
The monitor in front displays all the information you need: Time, Distance, Speed, Odometer and Pulse.
A great bike if your after something more accessible.
Exerpeutic GOLD 525XLR
The Exerpeutic Gold is an incredibly robust stationary bike.
This can hold up to over 28 stone!
Made from high grade steel with a strong foldable design – this bike is great for people that weigh more.
It’s built to last and the bar located directly below the seat is what gives it that additional weighted support.
This bike can be folded down to nearly half it’s size which makes it a great space-saver.
A large 14.6″ seat gives you extra assurance and confidence during your exercise allowing for comfort also!
Resistance can be controlled with the dial in front and LCD monitor displays all the information you need.
Pulse sensors are also located on the handlebars at either side of the seat so you can measure your pulse and rough guide on calories burned.
It’s an awesome bike that is seriously heavy-duty!
The V-Fit Stationary bike is a great bike for anyone looking for that additional back support.
It’s a well-built and robust bike that will provide a full cardio workout everytime!
It has a easy to step-into design that makes getting on and off the bike a breeze.
Turn dial at the bottom allows you to find the best fit for you by extending the seat back or forth.
8 Resistance levels can be controlled with the turn dial in front and can all be monitored with the LCD Display.
This measures your Time, Distance, Speed, Pulse and Calories Burned.
You can also guarantee a smooth and quiet cycle thanks to the magnetic resistance against the 6kg cast iron flywheel.
The AtivaFit is a great 2-in-1 bike that offers the full cardio workout you’re after along with resistance bands to help to strengthen your arm and shoulder muscles.
It’s basically a full body workout!
The ‘S-Type’ Design offers a full sturdy, robust frame so you can cycle with full confidence knowing that the bike is strong and fully balanced.
The large seat and backrest provide that extra comfort along with handlebars at either side to give you balance as you cycle.
A great additional feature about the AtivaFit is the resistance bands installed just in front.
You can work those arms and shoulders aswell as pedalling below.
Even 10 minutes on this bike and you’ll notice how effective it is!
The LCD monitor provides all of your workout data along with hand pulsers located on the front handlebars.
Great for measuring your heart rate and calories burned.
What’s also awesome about the AtivaFit is that is can be folded up to half it’s size- making it an ultimate space saver.
The UltraSport F-Bike is a very popular choice by many!
It has a strong, sturdy steel frame with a ‘S’ Shape design to improve robustness.
This design allows for a solid base as you workout with your greatest effort.
The 8 resistance levels can all be controlled via the turn crank in front and can really offer a fat melting workout the further you go up resistance.
What’s great is that this bike can be folded and stored away which is incredible if you very little to no space in your home.
It can fold away to 131 x 43.5 x 45 cm.
A great little space-saver that really packs a punch!
The Pleny bike is basically a ‘2in1’ bike where it provides everything a standard recumbent bike would but it also has resistance bands included so you can get that full body workout.
Cycle and pull on the resistance bands to really target your upper and lower body muscles at the same time!
It has an amazing 16 levels of resistance that is really going to provide a fat shredding workout.
The LCD monitor in front measures all of your workout activity with a phone and tablet holder in front so you can workout whilst watching your favourite shows or working out to a certain cycling app.
This bike is also foldable so you can perform your workout and store away so that it’s not taking up too much room!
A great bike for the ultimate workout!
JLL RE600 Pro
The JLL RE600 Pro is the next step up from the RE100.
It’s an incredible recumbent bike that offers all the bells and whistles you would want in a bike.
Experience absolute comfort with fully adjustable height, seat and large backrest.
Handlebars at either side also provide extra confidence in your workout.
The beautiful 6 function screen in front provides all your workout data from distance, speed, calories burned, heart rate and recovery heart rate.
You can choose one of the 12 programs to begin your workout or create your own custom program that is best suited to you.
The RE600 can connect to 100’s of programmes through both App Store or Google Play Store.
It can specifically connect to iConsole and Kinomap to track further workout data and make your workouts more engaging with Geo-located videos.
Slightly pricier than the other bikes here but it matches it with these incredible features.
ProForm 325 CSX
The ProForm 325 CSX offers an incredible fully engaging workout experience.
Equipped with the latest technology, this recumbent bike allows you to cycle with full effort, provides optimum comfort and sturdiness, tracks all key workout metrics and is completely silent thanks to it’s Digital SMR.
Choose from one of 24 pre-set workout programmes starting from beginner right through to advanced.
Great at tailor making a workout designed specifically for you.
It is iFit Bluetooth enabled where you can connect the bike up to 100’s of workout programmes that is really going to offer an immersive workout experience.
The EKG Pulse Grip provides a completely accurate heart rate sensor that measures yours exactly so you can see just how many calories you have burned.
An awesome bike that is really going to deliver that fully-rounded workout!
So there you have it
10 of the best stationary bikes for seniors you can get your hands on.
All provide optimum comfort with full robustness and rigidity so you can workout in full confidence and safety.
If you have any questions, please drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.