Cycling is one of the most effective forms of exercising. Combining aerobic and anaerobic exercise in one workout, cycling will get heart rate racing and improve your overall health.
An Exercise Bike is a cardiovascular staple for any home gym. The exercise bike offers a great workout for the legs, abdominals and back muscles. They are easy to use and suitable for all fitness and age levels. The only hard thing about exercise bikes is choosing which one to purchase!
Here, we’ll take you through the different types of bikes so you can make a decision of which one will suit your needs.
Types of Bike
There are generally three types of exercise bikes:
Upright, which mimics the position of a normal bicycle. It has a raised riding position that requires the rider to lean forward to grasp the handlebars.
Recumbent bikes have a bucket seat, allowing riders to pedal in a more comfortable position. This bike is perfect for those with knee or back injuries.
Spin bikes are similar to upright bikes, but allows the rider to cycle in various positions. Due to the reinforced pedals on a spin cycle, the rider is able to stand up and pedal, unlike an upright bike.
What to Look For
There are a number of features that should look for when purchasing an exercise bike:
- Frame. Choose a frame that allows you to adjust the height and distance of the handlebars.
- Resistance: The ability to increase the resistance levels is necessary for your fitness to progress.
- Control Panel & Programs. Monitoring and tracking your fitness progress over a period of time will keep you motivated and allows you to identify where you need to improve. Feedback could show speed, distance, calories burned and heart rate.