Exercise bikes are a simple and effective solution to get fit and lose weight!
Whether you cycle regularly or not at all, don’t let anything put you off adding an exercise bike to your lifestyle.
The NHS Physical Activity Guidelines state that an adult should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week- using an exercise bike is the perfect activity to help you achieve this easily and from the comfort of your home. To help with weight loss, did you know that an exercise bike can burn an average of 14 calories per minute? That means it will take you about 6 minutes to burn off a chocolate digestive!
You can easily workout at a low-intensity or a high-intensity depending on how hard you push yourself and by adjusting resistance settings, and being an easy piece of equipment to use an exercise bike is great for beginners who haven’t used any fitness equipment previously. As with all new fitness challenges you take up, make sure you check with your doctor before giving it a go.
High intensity, low impact.
Exercise bikes allow for a high-intensity workout with low-impact. As an exercise bike requires less bodily exertion than most other machines you can easily do a longer workout and push yourself as hard as you wish. Interval training on an exercise bike (alternating between cycling at high and moderate intensities) can burn just as many calories as a high intensity treadmill run, only with the benefits of less injury risk.
The technique is simple and easy to pick up unlike a more complex piece of equipment such as a rowing machine making them the perfect machine for beginners or those with a busy schedule. Another bonus with an exercise bike is price, as even top-end exercise bikes tend to cost less than mid-range rowing machines or treadmills.
Exercise bikes are great for improving your overall fitness and endurance. Even if you do just half an hour of cycling on a stationary exercise bike you can burn about 260 calories, and with less stress on your joints this is better for you than running or jogging on a treadmill. While mainly focusing on leg muscles, with proper posture an exercise bike can also help tone back and shoulder muscles.
Cycling on a stationary bike really helps with flexibility too as it works out the ligaments and joints in your legs. Regular exercise in such a way can also help the flexibility and motion of the spine which can help reduce the risk of lower back pain in later life. This also makes an exercise bike ideal for older people who may be struggling with balance or arthritis. For those suffering with chronic low back pain an exercise bike is ideal for physiotherapy.
Reduce stress and feel good.
An exercise bike is also very good for improving energy levels and the aerobic exercise it provides is great for lifting mood and relieving stress.
Exercise bikes take up less space than treadmills or rowing machines making them perfect for those living in apartments, or if you just want to keep one in a home gym or garage for the occasional home workout. Stationary bikes are also fairly quiet machines so you can work out without disturbing the other people in your house. These machines can fit perfectly into hectic home and family life and lifestyles.
If you want a quick and easy home workout that burns calories in little time then an exercise bike could be the fitness machine for you!
Take a look at our Best Exercise Bikes Review for 2017 to find the right bike for you!