With so many exercise machines on the market it can be difficult to understand which exercise machine is right for you and your workout needs. If you are looking for an affordable, entire body workout, available to every fitness level, an exercise bike is an excellent option. Exercise bikes provide the same cardio exercise of running, jogging, stair climbing, and more but without the hard impact to your body's joints.
All cardiovascular exercise is key to fast weight loss, increasing energy, stamina, and overall fitness. Specific benefits to exercise bikes include allowing you a complete body workout with just the one piece of equipment, convenient for home use, takes up little space, affordable, and allows you to easily work out regardless of the weather. By increasing your heart rate, exercise bikes simultaneously burn calories and tones muscles. Spending 20 minutes on an exercise bike you get an entire body workout that would take you at least twice as much time if you attempted to work out individual muscle groups with different pieces of exercise equipment.
With so many different brands and types of exercise bikes on the market it can be difficult to compare and choose the right exercise bike for you. In general, there are two major types of exercise bikes: the upright exercise bike and the recumbent exercise bike. An upright exercise bike most closely resembles a bicycle you would ride outdoors: you sit upright on the bike seat, your legs go down and rest on the pedals below, and you reach forward towards the handle bars. Upright exercise bikes have greater range of movement to provide for a more strenuous work out, but can be hard on your back.
People of advanced fitness levels wanting a more challenging work out really like the Monark 828E Stationary Bicycle Cardiovascular Tester because it is specifically designed for fitness testing. The Monark 828E Stationary Bike is adjustable, has pendulum balance that is easy to calibrate, and features an electronic meter which tracks revolutions per minute (RPM), heart rate in beats per minute (HR), calorie consumption, and much more.
Conversely, with a recumbent exercise bike you sit on a fuller seat with a back rest (similar to a chair) and your legs extend out in front of you towards the pedals. Some people claim the recumbent exercise bike encourages a slower work out, but they're especially popular with back pain sufferers for being comfortable and easy-to-use.
A very affordable recumbent exercise bike is the Sunny Upright Magnetic Exercise Bike, with easily adjustable features and eight different levels of resistance. The Sunny Magnetic Recumbent Bike is praised for being affordable, high quality, and comprehensive.
The Hudson Fitness HEC-400R Recumbent Exercise Bike The Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Bike is a rugged in-home cardio exercise system designed to provide a comfortable and ergonomic addition to your workout routine. Superbly crafted to ensure a comfortable and convenient riding experience, this exercise bike will ensure your workouts are fun, easy to customize, and exceptionally effective.
Combining exercise machines to maximize work outs has been a recent trend, and the Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike / Rower is an example of this. The Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike / Rower is a recumbent exercise bike, rowing machine, and upper body exercise machine all-in-one. The variety of exercises available in one exercise machine make this a smart buy for someone wanting more variety in their home gym in as minimal space as possible. The Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Trainer helps users reach their fitness goals in the comfort of their own home Sunny Magnetic Elliptical Traine.
If you like the idea of an exercise bike workout while doing other things such as watching tv or working on the computer, you might like using compact exercise bikes. Mini exercise bikes, such as the Mini Exercise bike, allow you to utilize the pedals for both arm and leg workouts. A mini exercise bike can be both used and stored in small places, making them both convenient and very affordable home gym (or office) options.
While physicians and physical therapists will often recommend recumbent exercise bikes because of a perception of being more beneficial, safer, able to provide a great workout for people of all fitness levels, and often say people are more likely to continue using the bike over time than when using an upright exercise bike. When discussing different types of exercise bikes with medical and fitness experts, though, the general consensus is that the type of exercise bike right for you is more of a personal choice than an expert opinion. A physical therapist's office or local gym may have both types of exercise bikes and allow you to try each for yourself.
Regardless of the type of exercise bike you like better, if you are looking for a comfortable, convenient, whole-body workout with only one exercise machine an exercise bike is ideal for you. ActiveForever has a variety of affordable, high quality exercise bikes to choose from. When starting any new physical activity, it is imperative you consult your health care provider first. After talking to your doctor, if you still are unsure which exercise bike is right for you then feel free to come by an ActiveForever retail store or call to talk with one of our experienced, friendly customer sales associates.