If you are seriously thinking of starting your own home gym, one of the most essential equipment that should definitely be included in your collection is the exercise bike. These machines simulate the cycling action of bikes even while stationary. They look similar to regular bikes except that they have bases that keep them in place.
Why an exercise bike?
A well-designed exercise bike provides a low-impact cardiovascular workout that is perfect for everyone regardless of age, gender or fitness level. But don’t think that just because it is low-impact, it is ineffective. You will be surprised. Used properly, exercise bikes are very effective in burning calories and raising your heart rate.
The different kinds of exercise bikes
The upright-type has a small raised seat and does not have back support. The user sits on it with their back upright and their legs vertical when pedaling.
The recumbent-type on the other hand, features a larger seat and is positioned lower and parallel to the ground. Most units also come with back rests for the user to lean on when resting.
The semi-recumbent type combines the features of an upright and recumbent-type bike.
Finally, the ergometer-type bike functions by measuring the efforts exerted by the user while on the machine.
Tips when buying exercise bikes
Look for a bike with a wide range of resistance levels so you would be able to use the machine for a long time as your fitness level increases. Plus, other members of your family can also use the machine even if their on different fitness levels.
To avoid accidents when using the bike, look for one that has a comfortable seat, has an adjustable seat height and is sturdy and strong.
If you can afford it, choose a bike that has a display panel that tracks down your exercise course.