Exercise Bikes Are Not What They Used To Be

Do you remember the days when exercise bikes were just bikes held up off of the ground? When exercise bikes were no more complicated than your regular everyday outdoor bike? It seems like a million years ago but in fact it was just yesterday. In an amazingly short amount of time exercise bikes have changed the way we exercise and they way that we stay in tip top shape.

Gone are the exercise bikes that are like outdoor bikes, not we have spinning machines and exercise bikes with TVs on them. We have exercise bikes that will take us up hills and down them to add some spice to our workouts and exercise bikes that will monitor your heart rate and your breathing. It is truly amazing just how much these amazing fitness machines have changed over the last few years. And the best part is that all of these changes to the exercise bikes of today mean that you get a better, more personalized workout each and every tie that you get onto on.

What makes exercise bikes so great and so popular is that they offer so much variety but you never have to leave the house. Many people do not like going to a public gym to exercise in front of all kinds of people. It makes you uncomfortable, who wants others to see them sweating? I know I don’t. And when you have home exercise bikes you never have to take this kind of thing into consideration, you can do all of your exercising in the privacy of your own home.

That is not the only plus to exercise bikes though, there is more. If you had a regular bike, what would you do when it snowed or it was raining really hard? It is not safe to ride a bike outdoors in that kind of weather. Not only could you slip and fall off, but others driving could have a hard time seeing you. This can lead to all kinds of dangerous situations but when you have your own exercise bikes indoors, you can exercise at any time of the day or night, in any weather with perfect safety. Safety should always come first and with these kinds of exercise bikes it always does.

When it comes to choosing the exercise bikes that are right for you, it will take some serious shopping around. You need to take into consideration why you are looking for indoor exercise bikes. Is it to burn fat? To promote good heart health? Better circulation? These types of considerations will affect the kind of exercise bikes that you should be looking at. Since there are so many add ons and extras that you can get these days you need to make sure that you are looking at the exercise bikes that have what you need.

For example, if you want to work on your heart health then you need to look at the exercise bikes that will have heart monitors and perhaps some more of those kinds of add ons.

Upright Exercise Bikes Vs Recumbent Exercise Bikes

  • UPRIGHT EXERCISE BIKE: these are backless bikes, which is the traditional design of these bikes. This backless feature has its own advantages and disadvantages that have led to a mixed bag of reviews about these bikes.

When exercising without any back support, you keep your body posture straight and upright. This helps in exerting pressure on your abdomen, which leads to toning up of the abdomen muscles and loss of fat from the belly area. The foot rest are directly under your bodyline. Also, this upright position while paddling the bike helps you develop an upright posture even while sitting and doing about your daily works.

On the other hand, the upright posture without any kind of back support results in exerting pressure on your lower back. This can lead to pain in your back after 15-20 minutes of paddling. Also, you can experience stiffness in your neck and back due to wrong back and hand postures while exercising. This is highly uncomfortable, especially for people new to exercising.

Except the above mentioned problem, this bike has no other disadvantages. The back ache subsides with experience and also body becomes accustomed to it. However, it can lead to a perpetual bad body posture.

  • RECUMBENT EXERCISE BIKES: These bikes are the modified and more comfortable version of the Upright bikes. These bikes have a comfortable back attached for back support and they have wide and padded seats. These are a little reclined backwards thus, providing an extremely comfortable exercising posture. Also, these are lower in height and much closer to ground. The footrests are provided in front, near the front wheel of the bike.

These bikes are perfect for people with back problems and for old aged people, who cannot sit upright for long. Also, these bikes are much comfortable for obese people. These bikes are considered a better option than upright bikes and are thus, more popular.

Choose the exercise bike best suited for your body type. Remember, an exercise machine should do benefit to your body rather than harming it in any way.