Exercise Bikes

What will an exercise bike do that a bicycle won’t? Well, no more bent over bumpy rides in crazy weather when you’re riding an exercise bike.  That’s for sure. An exercise bike beats out bicycles for safety riding in the street every time. “Whew!” They’re small, portable, low-impact and easy on the joints. Stationary exercise bikes offer a seated workout with multiple benefits. A traditional bicycle doesn’t come close. Distant cousin to the two-wheeler an exercise bike retains the seat, handlebars, pedals and a wheel but for use in a relaxed position. Exercise bikes offer control. A bicycle can’t compete.

Exercise Bike being used during football practice
Exercise Bike being used during football practice - photo by: {link:http://www.flickr.com/photos/maveric2003/4088890360/}maveric2003{/link}

Exercise bikes provide electronic fitness monitoring as well as programmable “courses” to bike through. You control your ride by recreating the resistance found on hills and inclines. Exercise bikes provide a mechanism for applying resistance to pedals. The harder you push the pedals on your stationary bike the more resistance you meet. Resistance mechanisms include weighted fly wheels, magnetic wheels, fan “wheels” for wind resistance and other mechanisms to increase intensity of exercise. Talk about getting in shape and improving stamina.

Exercise bikes style up in different shapes and sizes:

  • Upright stationary bike – which mirrors the traditional bicycle position
  • Recumbent stationary bike – for reclining and thereby reducing groin and lower back strain
  • Mini exercise bikes – a pedaling device with resistance for use while seated in a chair
  • Adaptive bicycle trainer – multiple rollers for two-wheeled bicycle to be used for distance or race training

Popular brands of stationary exercise bikes include Schwinn, Stamina, Phoenix and Sunny Health & Fitness. Popular spin bikes include Schwinn, LeMond, Giant, CycleOps and Star Trac.

Spinning for all ages
Spinning for all ages - photo by: {link:http://www.flickr.com/photos/leehaywood/4765177982/ }Lee J Haywood{/link}

Are you ready to sit down, relax and pedal for cardiovascular health? Whichever exercise bike you choose you will enjoy strengthened and improved health from regular workouts. An exercise bike is proven fitness for people of all ages. Pedal to the people!

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