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Choosing An Exercise Bike

Stationary bikes as means to exercise have been around for decades and were often regarded as just a warm-up device in the early days of gyms. Today`s exercise bikes are far more advanced with challenging programs for all fitness levels. They require less space than other exercise machines and most are very quiet when in use.

 

There are different types of exercise bikes, upright, recumbent, racing and spinning.

 

Upright Exercise Bikes – Are a popular choice for all types of users but this is the more common type of bike that people look for.  When looking for an exercise bike, choose a bike with a heavier flywheel as this will create a smoother feel when cycling. Always look for a bike with a large padded seat for comfort. If you like gadgets and programmes there are bikes with consoles where you can download apps for a more varied workout. All bikes have a monitor showing the basic information, watts, distance, time, speed and calories burned, and most now have programmes built in, including weightloss, to help motivate you. Some people just prefer to listen to their ipod and cycle for 30 minutes and are not too bothered about programmes. It always feels good when you sit on a sturdy bike, so choose a bike that isn’t flimsy.

 

Recumbent Exercise Bikes – Are the choice for people who have a need for a back support. You will get exactly the same benefits as an upright bike, but you are just sat in a different position, and they can take up a little more space than an upright model. An adjustable seat and back rest are found on a recumbent which caters for taller and shorter people, you can adjust the leg length. Programmes along with a standard console are included. Most recumbent exercise bikes have a magnetic resistance with different level increments so you can increase the tension for a harder workout, and they are often used for rehabilitation.

 

Racing Bikes – Most existing outdoor bike riders will opt for a racing bike, usually to train in the winter when the weather is unsuitable to train outside. The most popular choice is the Tour de France model. A racing bike has the same type of handlebars and seat as a road bike. 

 

Spinning Bikes – Are basically an indoor cycle found in health clubs which are used in group classes called Spinning Classes. This type of exercise is performed in groups with an instructor directing the workout. It consists of a group training session, cycling to up-tempo (dance music), when training you perform different movements on your bike you can isolate muscle groups by standing and pedalling slowly or speed up the pace by cycling harder depending on your instructors routine. This can be a hard cardio workout, but fun and enjoyable.

 

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