Cycling outdoors can be a great stress buster; but unfavourable weather, traffic, and busy schedules can often pose hurdles to building a regular exercise routine around this activity. However, thanks to stationary bikes or exercise bikes, cycling still remains one of the most popular and safe forms of exercise. It’s easier on the joints, and has fewer contraindications compared to running on treadmills or using elliptical trainers; making it a great option for people who have joint problems, are suffering from minor injuries, or are out of shape and easing into a regular exercise routine.
The best way to stay fit is to maintain an exercise routine that is a good mix of cardio and strength training. Combine this with a balanced diet and sufficient sleep and you’ve got it just about right. Cycling, whether on a stationary bike or an outdoor bike, is a great form of low-impact cardio exercise. Several exercise bikes have sophisticated program settings and monitors that help you get the optimum level of exercise for your age, weight, and fitness levels. They allow you to set the incline, speed, and resistance, along with monitoring your heart rate while you exercise. Even if you decide to go in for a relatively basic model, you have the flexibility of choosing between a vertical or regular exercise bike and a recumbent or reclined bike. A vertical bike is closer to an outdoor bicycle and requires you to lean forward while cycling, providing a more high-impact workout. In comparison, a recumbent bike has a more comfortable seat with a backrest that adjusts to your body. It allows you sit with your shoulders back while cycling, giving you a less intense workout than a vertical bike. This bike is a better choice for the elderly and those with lower fitness levels.
Despite relatively few contraindications, lower impact, and burning fewer calories than running on a treadmill for the same period, it is a good idea to start off with half hour daily sessions on an exercise bike, slowly building up to longer workouts. Also, adjust the height of the bike to suit you. On a vertical bike, the leg that is extended downwards should only be slightly bent when pushed to the maximum. Likewise, on a recumbent bike, the leg that fully extended should be slightly bent. Also ensure that you’re seated comfortably on the bike. This is necessary to avoid unnecessary stress to the joints.
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