When you step into a fitness centre or a typical gym anywhere in the world, exercise bikes are something that you will not easily missed. It is a "must have" for all indoor gyms. Why is that so? Because there are so many benefits of using this exercise equipment. It is loved by lots of people due to its effectiveness in cardio workouts and simplicity to use. In urban cities, working out on indoor exercise bike is one of the best ways to exercise given the busy working schedules of most people.
A list of the exercise bike benefits are listed below:
1) Improve fitness and lose weight at the same time.
Riding on an exercise bike can very quickly bring your heart rate to the target zone easily without too much effort. This is important, as effective weight loss and fitness can only be achieved if your heart is beating at the target exercise zone for a specific length of time.
2) Easy to use.
The learning curve to ride on the bike is very short as compared to other indoor exercise equipment like elliptical machines. Riding on an exercise bike does not require any balancing or any specific skills. Most people ranging from age 7 to 70 know how to ride a bike without any big problem. It is both easy and enjoyable.
3) Soft impact exercise.
Riding on an exercise bike is easy for your joints especially when you are using the recumbent type. Unlike running on a treadmill, your body pressure is not on your knee joints. There is hardly any stress to your joints at all when using the bike. Therefore it is unlikely to inflict any injuries during the course of working out.
4) Allows multi-tasking
A big benefit of the exercise bike is that it allows the rider to multi-task while exercising. Most people like to watch their favourite TV programs while riding, and some simply could not take their eyes off their favourite magazines or novel while riding away. By multi-tasking, it indirectly helps the rider to temporary forget about the fatigue and focus on something that they enjoy doing. This will make the rider not to feel tired easily, and therefore able to endure a longer workout.
5) To shape the lower body
If your objective is to have shapely thighs, calves and a tight bottom, then working out consistently on the bike will certainly get you there. Exercise bikes focus on your abdominal muscle, hamstrings, as well as muscles around the hip area. Be disciplined and consistent in your workout, and you will look great in shorts, pants and jeans.
6) Suitable for senior people and people recovering from injuries
Due to the very comfortable seat of the recumbent bike and the usually walk through design of the bike, it is very suitable for people who has movement constraint to use it. For senior people, this is one of the best kind of exercise for them as it does not easily cause injuries. For those that are recovering from injuries or illness, working out on exercise bikes will keep them active and yet gentle enough not to aggregate their injuries.
7) Excellent indoor trainer
With the upright stationary bike, it simulates riding on an actual road racer. In bad weather condition, working out on an indoor stationary bike is the best way to train. On top of that, the resistance level can be adjusted to simulate uphill riding or any undulating terrain that is likely to be encountered in real road racing event.