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Tips To Selecting The Right Exercise Bicycle For You

May 11, 2008
Exercise bicycles are a safe and effective means of exercise as they provide a means of low-impact cardiovascular exercise, are generally quiet in operation, and are efficient with their use of space.

Two main characteristics to consider when selecting a stationary bicycle are first, the seating position on the bicycle, and second, the method of resistance. All exercisers may choose the standard upright bicycle or semi-recumbent (sitting) stationary bicycles, which may be more comfortable for some individuals. And for resistance, stationary bicycles use friction belts or wheels, magnets, hydraulics, or fans. Moreover, many bicycles are equipped with computers that will report workout data and in some cases even direct exercise sessions. These all characteristics influence the cost of stationary bicycles.

We must consider your needs and interests when purchasing a stationary bicycle. Important is position. All upright bicycles come with a large, well-padded saddle, so comfort for most will not be an issue. And, for individuals with lower back pain, mobility, or balance concerns, a semi-recumbent stationary bicycle may offer a safer, more comfortable option. All computer, size, and resistance mechanism options will allow you to select the stationary bicycle to meet your fitness goals. Do remember, more expensive models do not inherently make you more fit. And an inexpensive model used regularly can adequately provide the necessary resistance to increase cardiovascular fitness.

Always take care of stability; and try wide base for ergo meter and use protected or covered flywheel and/or fans. Choose established, reputable company which does not need any assembly requirements. Stuffs like warranties and local maintenance also matter. Annual maintenance costs and availability of replacement parts must also be taken care of. Bike must be capable of providing adequate resistance and do consider noise generated by fans. Always adjusts for proper fit on the bicycle. Always choose comfortable seat, saddle, and handlebars and do consider the size of the assembled unit must take care that the electrical requirements, if any, available in your exercise area? And always read guidelines for assembly and operation should be clear and complete.

These bicycles should be positioned so that all moving parts are allowed safe clearance and should also have adequate room to safely mount and dismount the machine. The position on a bicycle is critical to enjoyable and effective cycling. The handlebar and saddle height are the primary considerations. And when you adjust your position on a bicycle, you are attempting to distribute your body weight evenly between your arms and your seat.

Firstly, adjust the saddle so that it is level with the floor, pointed up will put pressure on the groin area and pointed down will put too much weight on your arms and shoulders. Then, adjust the saddle height so there is a slight bend in the knee when the pedal is at the bottom of the stroke. And an additional saddle height guideline is that your hips should not rock back and forth when you pedal.
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Kyle Newton is a health and wellness professional with 16 years experience helping people make the right decisions for everything from Exercise Equipment to nutritional supplements .
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