Is an Exercise Bike right for you?
Exercise Bikes, along with treadmills and home
gyms, are one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment purchased for weight
loss and improved fitness.
In this article we discuss the top ten reasons people buy exercise bikes for their home so that you can assess whether an exercise bike is the right piece of fitness equipment for you and your family.
The top 10 reasons to buy an exercise bike are:
1. Weight loss and improved fitness.
Exercise Bikes have helped millions of people to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals and they may be able to help you too.
Cycling on an exercise bike can help you burn a lot of excess calories and can improve the strength and health of your heart and lungs.
Cycling at 15 kilometres per hour (9 miles per hour) burns nearly 12 kilojoules / 3 calories per kilo of body weight every half an hour. For a person weighing 100 kilos, that equates to 1200 kilojoules or 300 calories every 30 minutes.
Cycling on an exercise bike is also great for raising your heart rate into the zones most appropriate for weight loss and fitness.
2. Exercise Bikes can help prevent you from training too hard.
One of the most common mistakes people make when they first start exercising is to train too hard.
Training too hard in the beginning of your exercise program can lead to injuries and may encourage you to quit because you feel it's too hard and not worth all the effort.
By giving you the ability to regulate the speed at which you cycle, exercise bikes can help you avoid this common exercise mistake.
Some exercise bikes are even sophisticated enough to monitor your heart rate while you are exercising. What a great way to make sure you're always training in the right heart rate zone!
3. You can make small adjustments as your fitness improves.
Because the speed and resistance of most exercise bikes can be adjusted in very small increments, exercise bikes are perfect for training at increasingly higher intensities once you've built a base level of fitness.
Because cycling on an exercise bike can be made a little harder or a little easier with the touch of a button, they are also great for including interval training into your routine where you cycle at various speeds within the same workout.
4. An Exercise Bike can be used at anytime.
One of the greatest benefits of owning an exercise bike is that you can exercise when you want, day or night, hot or cold, sun or rain.
Many of us today lead hectic lives and find it hard to fit exercise into our busy schedules.
What we need is the ability to exercise when we want and for as long as we want.
Having an exercise bike at home can be better than joining a gym in this respect because we don't need to worry about gym opening and closing times and having to share our exercise bike with a hundred other time-poor exercisers.
5. Make maximum use of your time.
Owning an exercise bike allows you to get your daily exercise done while you're doing other things, like watching your favourite TV show or listening to your favourite music.
Watching TV while cycling on an exercise bike often makes your workout seem a lot shorter and even a little easier.
6. The whole family can use it to exercise.
One of the great things about having an exercise bike at home is that the whole family can use it to lose weight and get fitter.
Research shows that when the whole family has similar goals and is committed to losing weight together, each family member is more likely to succeed.
7. You can save money.
Buying your own exercise bike can be cheaper than paying gym fees, especially if more than one person in the family wants to exercise.
Gym fees can be expensive, and for some of us, that money may be better invested in a good quality exercise bike that will serve us well for many years.
Most exercise bikes today are very well built and come with good warrantees so we can be sure to get many years of exercise out of them.
8. Exercise Bikes can simulate cycling uphill.
Because you can adjust the resistance that exercise bikes provide, you effectively have the ability to simulate flat ground cycling and cycling up slight and steep inclines.
This means that with the touch of a button you can simulate cycling uphill which helps increase your heart rate and of course, burn more calories for every minute you exercise.
If you are training for a cycling event, it also means that you can simulate the undulating terrain you're likely to encounter on your ride.
9. Exercising in private.
Many people who want to lose weight are very self conscious and don't necessarily want to exercise in public.
Having your own exercise bike allows you to exercise in the privacy of your own home so you won't need to feel embarrassed working out at your own pace.
10. Shapely thighs, calves and a tight butt.
Let's face it girls and guys, many of us would kill for more shapely thighs and calves and a tighter tush.
Having an exercise bike at home, and using it, can help us achieve these things so we look great in shorts, skirts, pants and jeans.
If you would you like any of these, maybe it's time you went out and invested in an exercise bike for your home.
Exercise Bikes, along with treadmills and home gyms, are one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment purchased by people who want to lose weight and improve their fitness.
In this article we discussed the top ten reasons many people buy an exercise bike so you can make an informed decision about whether they are right for you.
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