Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Cycling Your Way To Fitness - Stationary Exercise Bikes - Still A Top Choice For Overall Fitness


Stationary Exercise Bikes - Still A Top Choice For Overall Fitness

In all the craze over new fangled fitness equipment, the exercise bike often gets overlooked. Stationary exercise bikes have been around for many years, which can lead some people to think they are outdated or not as effective as newer types of equipment. But for many people, exercise bikes provide a fun, consistent, reasonable means of exercising, improving cardio functions, and losing weight.

Stationary exercise bikes provide all the benefits of riding a bicycle. They provide good cardio workouts, have much less impact on knees, hips and other joints than walking or running, and can be used at any time it's convenient. Most stationary bikes have manual or computerized controls to allow you to adjust resistance and speed. Many also come with heart monitors and cardio workouts already programmed in. There is a huge selection of price and style, and stationary bikes tend to be the most affordable cardio exercise machine.Plus, with a stationary bike, you don't have to worry about traffic, dogs, or bad weather. You can exercise in the convenience of your own home and even watch television or read a book while you bike. Try doing that on the bike path at the park!

Types of Stationary Bikes

Standard, upright stationary bikes come in single or dual action models. Dual action bikes have handles or levers to work the upper body and have been shown to provide more effective cardio workouts, burn more calories, and also improve overall body tone more efficiently than single action bikes. Dual action bikes work well for those with hip or leg injuries who need to exercise but also need to go easy on their legs. The dual action allows the arms to work harder to operate the machine, thus requiring less work from the legs.

A recumbent bicycle, sometimes called a "bent," is a type of stationary bike that is more laid back?literally. It places the body in a semi or fully reclining position, taking pressure off the back area. Some people feel the position is difficult to adapt to at first, but many who choose recumbent bikes say they are very easy and comfortable to ride. They usually come with a larger seat, which often means you will stay on the machine longer or not have discomfort later.

Because of the reclining position, a recumbent bike works the abdominal muscles more and also creates more hamstring action. The lower center of gravity makes for better balance as well. Doctors feel they are better for those with back problems or with cerebral palsy and related diseases. The recumbent bikes also bring your feet more closely in line with your heart, keeping blood pressure low and providing for a safer overall workout.

Popular Models & Prices

Most stationary bikes come with ways to assess your speed and distance. Economy models have a tachometer/odometer combination and a design that utilizes a flywheel to provide resistance. These models are not programmable and provide the least effective workout, but are at under $200 can be an inexpensive way for a beginner or someone on a tight budget to get some exercise. They can be purchased at many department stores.

Standard models usually come with more features such as a programmable consul that calculates heart rate or allows you to pick a heart rate and then adjust the resistance accordingly. These bikes may use flywheels, fan blades, or magnetic resistance, depending on the quality. Magnetic resistance is usually the best method as it operates more smoothly and is quieter. These models can range from $200 up to $1500 and provide the broadest range of selection for the average person. Some popular models include Tunturi F520 (recumbent), Vision Fitness R2000, and several models from Schwinn, the popular bike manufacturer.

More expensive stationary bikes often use magnetic resistance and typically need to be plugged in to an outlet. They come with all the bells and whistles, including extended warranties, more varied programming features, and comfort options such as built in fans. They typically cost over $1500. Lifecycle 5500HR and 5500RHR (recumbent) are popular choices among those who are serious about their workout or have a healthy budget.Other popular manufacturers of exercise bikes include Nordic Track, Reebok, Weslo, Keys, Fitness Quest, and Edge.

Compared To Other Equipment

All types of stationary bikes provide a low impact workout that many feel is an advantage over treadmill exercise. The force on the knees, ankles, feet and other body parts that occurs with walking or running can cause swelling or discomfort in the joints. It can irritate old injuries or sometimes even produce new problems. A stationary bike provides non-weight bearing exercise that reduces impact on these areas.

In the health and fitness industries, and among customers, there is an extensive debate over which machines burn more calories and give a better cardio workout. There is evidence on both sides of the issue, but many people agree that a stationary bike should have dual action to optimize weight loss and heart health. The pumping of the arms has a significant impact of the effectiveness of any workout, and a treadmill is less effective as well if you hold onto the hand supports rather than letting your arms swing or pumping them in rhythm to your motion.

Elliptical trainers are another exercise option that provides a low impact workout, but many feel they do not provide the same cardio benefits. Rowing machines are boring, more difficult to use, and can be hard on the back. Other equipment has disadvantages as well, making stationary bikes a good choice for overall effectiveness and satisfaction. Consumer buying shows that exercise bikes continue to rank as a top choice for exercise and fitness training.

In the ever expanding world of health and fitness equipment, there have been some true advances as well as a bunch of gimmicks. A stationary bike is an old standard that has been a proven exercise tool for years, and that continues to improve and adapt through new technology. The overall effectiveness, ease of use and variety of designs and prices makes a stationary exercise bike an excellent choice for beginners and advanced enthusiasts alike.

About the Author:
C.J. Gustafson is a successful writer for Best-Home-Gyms.com, providing consumer information on the best discount home gyms. Read ourelliptical trainer reviews, exercise bike andtreadmill reviews for great ideas on equipping your gym.

Copyright 2005 Best-Home-Gyms.com

Permission is granted to publish this article on your site only if the author's byline is included and all links are hyperlinked.


MORE RESOURCES:

Allure Magazine (blog)

How to Banish Back and Chest Acne for Good
Allure Magazine (blog)
I'm someone who loves summer and the heat. I love getting extra sweaty at SoulCycle. I love hanging out at the beach (covered in sunscreen, of course). What I don't love, however, is the back and chest acne that can come with all of that. Every summer ...



Economic Times

Ranbaxy inks pact with Cipher to sell acne drug in Brazil
Economic Times
Isotretinoin is used in the treatment of severe recalcitrant nodular acne. Under the terms of the agreement, Cipher will receive an upfront payment and is eligible for additional pre-commercial milestone payments, it added. Further, Cipher will be ...
Cipher Pharmaceuticals and Ranbaxy Announce Distribution Agreement for ...MarketWatch
Ranbaxy, Cipher join hands for Brazil ventureHindu Business Line

all 5 news articles »


How Get Rid of Stubborn Acne—for Good
Shape Magazine (blog)
Sometimes, when we're glaring at an out-of-nowhere bump on our nose, we have to wonder whether anything will ever send acne packing for good. And, of the purported "cures" out there, which ones actually lead to the clear complexion we've always ...



Crist: Parent seeks 'the facts' about acne
The Coloradoan
Dear Gary: My son is 16 years old and has very bad acne. He is very self-conscious of how he looks. Kids at school have made fun of him, and I can tell it makes him feel sad. He told me that there is a girl at school he likes, but he is afraid to talk ...



Cutting-Edge Microneedle Helps Treat Acne Scars, Skin Conditions In Patients
CBS Local
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — People suffering from skin conditions such as wrinkles, acne scars and skin discoloration are turning to the treatment of a “space age” looking Dermapen to improve their skin through natural healing. Cosmetic surgeon Alex ...



Exercise and Acne
Christian Post (blog)
"Sweat in itself doesn't cause acne, but if you are prone to acne, sweat can aggravate your skin." This infographic from Clearogen offers advice for teenagers and adults that struggle with acne. One tip is to blot sweat instead of wiping it away. When ...



Acne Treatments: Banish Breakouts For Good
Hollywood Life
June was Acne Awareness Month but some of us continue to suffer with debilitating acne all year round. It's not only teens who have to deal with this problem. Adults can also get breakouts — we are recognizing this and are here to help you ditch those ...



Cynosure Receives Expanded FDA Clearance to Market PicoSure™ for ...
MarketWatch
"The clearance to treat acne scarring with PicoSure represents a significant milestone in our strategy to pursue expanded indications that demonstrate the breadth of this technology," said Cynosure President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Davin.

and more »


7 Home Acne Treatments Using Easy-To-Find Ingredients, So You Can Zap Zits ...
Bustle
Having genetically oily skin definitely makes it easier for acne to flare up on an otherwise healthy, clear face. I find no solace in the many sources that say oily skin ages better because the production of oil keeps skin moist and smooth, keeping ...



Fox News

7 adult acne myths, busted
Fox News
If you've ever had a pimple, you know how frustrating it can be to find a solution (and if you've never had a pimple, congratulations: you're the luckiest person alive). An overwhelming number of acne products are available (all making the same promise ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.