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The Benefits Of An Exercise Bike

Aug 17, 2007
So you want to buy a piece of home exercise equipment. Why choose an exercise bike over say, a treadmill or elliptical trainer?

Here's a brief review of the benefits of choosing a home exercise bike.

One of the top benefits is that stationary bikes are probably the most affordable piece of exercise equipment on the market right now. Starting around $200 and ranging up to $2500, they offer a huge variety of models for every price range and every fitness level.

Keep in mind however that you will get what you pay for with any piece of fitness equipment. Don't expect a $200 stationary bike to come with impressive bells and whistles and last you over 3 years. However if you are on a budget, an exercise bike is a great way to get in shape for less.

Another great benefit is that exercise bikes provide a much lower impact on your joints and ligaments than other equipment like a treadmill or stair climber. This can result in less chance of sustained injury over time and can also be great for people with joint problems, arthritis, etc.

Another recent factor that has made the exercise bike much more comfortable is the introduction of the recumbent bike - where you sit in a semi-reclined bucket seat with your legs angled out in front of you instead of hanging down.

Until the recumbent bike came along, many people just weren't comfortable on the standard upright bike seat. The recumbent bike allows people to get a much more comfortable workout - which means that they can workout for longer periods of time and reach their goals faster.

Exercise bikes can also be much safer than other forms of equipment. You can slip and fall on a treadmill. You can lose your balance on an elliptical trainer. It's much more difficult to fall off or injury yourself on a recumbent bike. This makes it a great alternative for the elderly exerciser or someone who is new to fitness equipment in general.

Another factor that makes the recumbent bike so popular in home gyms is the fact that you can read or watch tv while you're working out. Boredom is one of the main reasons people don't exercise. So instead of forcing yourself to trudge through your workout, why not choose a piece of equipment that's going to allow you to multitask and do what you want while working out?

Read your favorite magazine or the latest murder mystery novel. Set the bike up in front of the television and watch your favorite show while pedalling. Time will fly by and you'll feel like you've made strides towards your fitness goals with minimal effort.

This leads into what is perhaps the best benefit of an exercise bike. Because they are so affordable, comfortable, low impact and safe - and because they allow you to fight boredom while exercising - the chances that you'll use it are extremely high.

No one wants to spend a lot of hard earned cash a piece of fancy exercise equipment and then use it for a clothes rack. You want to be able to stay fit, burn calories and keep healthy by working out. But if you buy a machine that you never use, all of your best intentions have gone to waste.

Because of the great benefits of exercise bikes, many people find that they not only use them for years to come but they also end up exercising much more than they thought they would. This leads to a slimmer figure, better health and overall well-being.
About the Author
K. O'Neill writes for Exercise Bike Reviews offering brand reviews, 'Best Buys' & buying tips.

For more information visit http://www.Exercise-Bike-Review.com
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