Exercise Bikes, Which one Should you Choose ?
by John Mac
Exercise bikes have been around for a long time
now which may give some people the wrong impression that they are
outdated & no longer of much use when it comes to your fitness
routine. However there are many types of exercise bikes you can
choose from to give you a good workout & you will find that
they have certainly kept pace with the increase in technology in
the modern world in which we live today. They provide an excellent
cardio, low impact workout helping you to keep fit & loose weight
all in the comfort of the gym, your home or garage. No need to worry
about the traffic or the weather.
There are basically 3 types of exercise bike, the
standard upright bike, the dual action upright bike with levers
or handles bringing the arms into play giving your upper body a
workout & the recumbent bike which has a reclining seat giving
more support to your back & also giving your abdominals a workout.
The cheapest exercise bikes, $200 or less, will
have a tension belt whilst mid range, $200-$600 & top of the
range $600 to $1500 and above will have magnetic resistance which
is much smoother & quieter. If your budget allows you should
go for a push button magnetic resistance exercise bike. A heart
monitor is essential if you are serious about getting results as
the whole point of exercising is to increase your heart rate to
burn off those calories & increase your fitness levels.
Cheaper exercise bikes will have no display, or
at best a poor display giving you little information & no feedback
about your workout. Mid range bikes will have a lot more options
including some pre-set workouts whilst the top of the range will
have lots of pre-set workouts some pulse driven which adjust your
workout according to your pulse making sure you are working at the
optimum heart rate level.
Exercise bikes are produced by many manufactures
including Lifecycle, Lifefitness, Precor, Startrac, Stairmaster,
Tunturi, Diamondback, Fitness Quest, Healthrider, Nordic Track,
Proform, Reebok, Schwinn, Stamina, and Weslo.
Whilst exercise bikes may be seen by some people
as outdated I would definatley beg to differ, they offer lots of
advantages over other similar pieces of fitness equipment ie treadmills
in that they are a very low impact form of exercise with very little
impact on the joints such as knees, ankles, hips & back but
yet still provide the same level of cardio workout. Plus they take
up little space & you can even watch TV or read whilst you workout
About the Author
John Mac is Author & Owner of fitnessdiethealth.com
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