Exercise bikes are a great piece of home gym equipment. Not only smaller and cheaper than other fitness machines, exercise bikes have many health benefits. Perfect for all age ranges and levels of fitness, an exercise bike can be a brilliant home workout device.
Great for all fitness levels.
If you are new to home workouts an exercise bike is perfect for you as the cycling technique is so easy to pick up- no time wasted on learning how to use it correctly. Even if you’ve never ridden a bike before, it really is as easy as sitting on the saddle and pushing the pedals! With easily adjustable settings and simple technique an exercise bike allows you to go at your own pace for as long as you need.
With the seat supporting your weight an exercise bike allows for a high-intensity workout with less impact on your body. This is probably the biggest benefit of using an exercise bike, it allows for high calorie burn, muscle toning and cardiovascular improvement without the strain and injury risk of other machines such as treadmills. A stationary bike provides a home workout targeting loads of different areas. Cardio and all round fitness or stamina will improve with continual use, lower body muscles will be toned and strengthened, and weightloss can occur.
Low joint stress.
Compared with say jogging or walking, an exercise bike supports your back and legs reducing the strain on those joints and lowering the risk of injury. This reduced strain means that an exercise bike is perfect for older people wanting to keep active, those with arthritis, people starting a weightloss or fitness programme, and people rehabilitating after injury or operation. As with all types of exercise make sure you consult your doctor before beginning something new just to make sure it’s the right method for you.
Good for your heart & your weight.
The cardio exercise from an exercise bike is good for the heart and can help lower the amount of bad cholesterol in your body which contributes to heart disease. Take a look at the NHS Live Well article for more advice about lowering your cholestrol. Any form of exercise will really help when your goal is to lose weight. Using an exercise bike in your home means losing weight is even easier- no expensive monthly gym membership, no need to go out in bad weather or when it’s dark and you can watch your favourite TV show or listen to music easily while you exercise.
Strengthen your leg & back muscles.
For those who do enjoy running or walking, exercise bikes can help you improve your leg muscles and can be a nice alternative to outdoor exercise when the weather is bad. Other muscle groups that can be built up through stationary-bike exercise are the back and thigh muscles through both cycling and maintaining the correct posture.
If you are really involved in your fitness routine, or are training for serious cycling, an exercise bike can provide a great form of cross-training and add variety to your usual fitness routine (especially as it can allow you to give your joints a rest in between high-impact workouts).
Owning an exercise bike is such great investment. Cheaper than paying for a few months gym membership and less hassle than going out on your road/ mountain bike when weather is bad and nights are dark. Gives you a great cardio workout as well as boosting strength, stamina and health. Low stress on your joints and less risk of injury then other home fitness equipment.
There really is an exercise bike to suit all ages and fitness abilities. Take a look at these articles to find the one for you!