One of the best advantages of exercise bikes, when compared to other pieces of home exercise equipment, is that they can be used by beginners, for therapeutic rehab following an injury or medical condition, and by experts who want a vigorous workout.
Here are a few things to think about when choosing to exercise on a stationary bike:
- You will need to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and muscle cramping from lactic acid build-up.
- You can easily continue your normal exercise routine while you have your period, but you might want to reduce the intensity some.
- If your goal is to lose weight, try to incorporate a well-balanced diet as well.
- Be sure to stretch before and after your workout. This allows the muscles to warm up, cool down, and recover.
- A good night’s sleep will also help your body recover from exercise. Interestingly, exercise will help you sleep better too!
Stationary bike as home exercise equipment
A stationary bike might be the best option for beginners who want a single piece of home exercise equipment. Using stationary bikes is a low-impact form of exercise and easy on the knees. Stationary bikes are also convenient. Many offer various programs to assist you in your workout. With these, you can adjust the level of your workout by increasing or decreasing the resistance on the pedals, simulating hills and flat areas as if you are biking outdoors.
There are many different benefits when it comes to using a stationary exercise bike. Here are just a few:
- They take up less space than other pieces of home exercise equipment.
- They can be used in your home whenever you chose, and you never have to worry about weather conditions or traffic.
- They can also be a great option when you are doing cross-training. Pedaling on a stationary exercise bike works your abs, glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves, and tibialis anterior muscles.
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What you do with your exercise bike depends on the type of bike you are using and the type of workout you are interested in. Here we have included three different types of exercise bicycles listed in order of workout intensity, ease of use, and price.
Stationary exercise bikes
Stationary exercise bikes are the least expensive type of exercise bike you can purchase. They offer you a basic, low-impact exercise routine for beginners and those interested in exercise rehabilitation. They are designed so that the rider is in an upright position, similar to riding an outdoor bike. This type of bike gives you a more consistent workout and helps you develop your core muscles as well.
Recumbent exercise bikes
Recumbent exercise bikes tend to be a little more expensive than basic stationary bikes. This is because of the way they are designed. With this type of exercise bike, you are seated with your legs stretched out in front of you. The idea behind this design is that with the pedals positioned in front instead of under you, there is much less impact on your joints.
This can be great if you have arthritis or an injury, and it also reduces the strain on your lower back. This type of exercise bike is also a great option for people with neurological conditions where balance may be an issue. They are much safer because they have a larger seat, so the person is less likely to fall.
Spin exercise bikes
Spin exercise bikes are the elite class of exercise bikes and the most expensive. Models such as those sold by companies like Peloton can cost as much as $2,000 and up. They also seem to be a “love it or hate it” type of home exercise equipment. This is because spin bike exercises are very different than those you would do on any other type of exercise bike.
Exercising on a spin bike typically involves alternating short bursts of intense exercise followed by a slightly longer period of less intense exercise (rest period), otherwise known as high-intensity interval training. These are not for beginners but are a great cardio workout for even the most experienced cyclists.
The best advice we can give you about selecting a home exercise bike is to try them out before you buy one. Visit a showroom or gym to try out different pieces of equipment and become better informed about the right bike for you. When you decide on a bike, place it somewhere in your home that is not only convenient but inspiring.
Few people can get motivated to exercise when the room is dark, boring, or has no windows. Finally, if you’re pressed for space, you might opt for a model that can be folded and stored.