Just chiming in here, that yes, the stationary bike worked for me. At my highest weight, I began with speed walking, but it was too much & too soon -- I immediately ran into foot problems due to undiagnosed-until-then arthritic joints in my big toes & a nasty, still-with-me case of plantar fasciitis on my left foot. The doctor ordered me off my feet, so I turned to the bike. That ended up being great. My endurance improved, I lost & then maintained weight loss & my legs muscled up. My feet are doing somewhat better now but my left foot remains iffy, so I still spend at least three days out of seven on the bike -- more if the foot starts "speaking up" a lot.
My problems with the bike have nothing to do with the workout it gives me. Two things annoy me about it:
1) Friction. Despite padded bike shorts, I sometimes get a sore butt.
2) Boredom. I need very propulsive music on the iPod, constantly refreshed, and some visual stimulation of soundless TV.
I can't read on the bike. Kudos to those who can. I set the resistance pretty high & like to keep my peddling at a certain rpm, and between the two, all I can do is focus on is the workout.
Last edited by saef : 10-13-2009 at 10:40 AM.