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Which exercise bike should I buy?

Which exercise bike should I buy
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    When you ask yourself, “Which exercise bike should I buy?”, there are a number of different considerations. If you are considering purchasing an indoor exercise bike, you clearly already understand the advantages of indoor cycling. You know that having a reliable exercise machine in your home or office makes it easier to engage in the kind of regular, programmed exercise that leads to achieving your goals.

    Knowing the kind of goals you want to set for yourself can be a big part of selecting the stationary bike that will work for you.

    Your Choices

    There are many different kinds of exercise bikes, but they come in two main categories: recumbent and upright. Other distinctions include the type of handlebars, the degree of digital connection/programming, and the type of resistance. Here is a handy checklist that breaks down some of the options:

    • Recumbent Bikes
      • Manual settings to fully programmed digital settings
      • Connection to wi-fi
      • Charger or connective seat for a table or phone
      • Bicycle wheel
      • Fan-type air resistance wheel
      • Weighted magnetic wheel
      • Handlebars that include respiration/heartrate detection
      • Chest band monitor (connected or not connected.
      • Basic to entertaining programmed routines

     

    • Upright Bikes
      • Manual settings to fully programmed digital settings
      • Connection to wi-fi
      • Charger or connective seat for a table or phone
      • Bicycle wheel
      • Fan-type air resistance wheel
      • Weighted magnetic wheel
      • Handlebars that include respiration/heartrate detection
      • Chest band monitor (connected or not connected.)
      • Moveable handlebars
      • Option to stand while pedaling
      • Basic to entertaining programmed routines
      • Type of seat

     

    As you can see, there is plenty of room to individualize your indoor cycling experience. The best one for you largely depends upon your exercise goals. Here are a few ideas to help you with your selection.

    Which exercise bike should I buyRecovery or Therapeutic Exercise

    Recumbent bikes are often the better selection for someone who is recovering from surgery or an injury. A recumbent bike’s seat is more like a chair than the seat on an upright bike. This means that if you have a back injury or if you’ve had abdominal surgery or any number of conditions that make straining your core muscles a bad idea, the recumbent bike is a better choice.

    From a seated, supported position you push out with your legs instead of down. While this does not exercise your core as much as an upright bike might, it is still perfectly fine for a cardio workout where the goal is to raise your heartrate and maintain it at a specific level for a pre-selected amount of time.

    Recumbent bikes are also good for maintaining mobility in joints without putting a lot of pressure on them. This is good news for those who have damaged knees, hips or ankles that can make running or even walking a painful challenge.

    Maintaining Your Bike Muscles

    If you love bicycling, but live in an area where the weather can become either too hot or too cold for outdoor enjoyment, an upright bike is just the ticket for maintaining muscles tone during the months when riding outside is unpleasant or even dangerous. There are a number of options available to you as a bicyclist, ranging from the very simplest sort of indoor exercise bike on which you much make manual adjustments to change resistance, to state-of-the-art bikes that measure respiration, heartrate, and more. Some of these sophisticated exercise machines (and this is also true of recumbent bikes) even help you keep a record of when you exercised, for how long, and whether you reached your target heart rate.

    Which exercise bike should I buy

    Improving your Athleticism

    Depending upon your physical condition, you can use either an upright bike or a recumbent bike to improve muscle tone, respiration, and ability to sustain a specific heartrate. But for the serious athlete, an upright bike is probably the better choice – unless you are recovering from an injury. If you are looking for a serious workout, you will want one of the higher end bikes with an exceptionally sturdy frame, pedals that will allow you to stand on them, and even mobile handlebars.

    Mobile handlebars combined with pedals that will support your weight provides an opportunity for a full-body workout. It is amazing to watch a serious cyclist stand on the pedals, pedaling for all he or she is worthwhile working mobile, upright handlebars. It doesn’t take long for the serious cyclist to work up a superb glow. This kind of routine means that instead of starting spring training with sore muscles, you can enjoy pedaling down the familiar ways with muscles that are already toned and prepared for the road.

    Regardless of which indoor exercise bike you choose, you can be assured of the opportunity for a good cardio workout and the convenience of not having to leave home.