|The Lounge | Champions | The Wire | Schedule | Audio | Arcade | The Top Ten | Historical | Email | Video|
Exercise Bikes - Discover The Magic
There are two types of exercise bikes available. The upright bike resembles a typical road bike but they are stationary. The pedals are below the rider and puts more stress on the joints. The recumbent bike has a seat that resembles chairs and the pedals are out in front of the rider so that pedaling is more natural and less stress is put on the hips and knees.
There are a few other types of exercise bikes available as well.Dual action bikes are upright exercise bikes that have moveable bars or arm handles. On this bike you use both your arms and legs. Aerobic activity and upper body toning is experienced while using the bike.
Resistance bikes have some variety as well. Direct tension bikes has manual adjustment of the resistance you use. If it has flywheels the cycling motion is similar to regular cycling motion. Air resistance bikes get resistance by pedaling against the airflow of a fan blade. Magnetic Frictionless Resistance bikes are the most sophisticated resistance bikes.They allow for a greater variety of workout levels.
Feedback Mechanisms on more advanced bikes offer the following readouts:
* speed, time, and distance
* total calories and fat burned
* program mode and resistance levels
* pulse, heart rate, and workout level
* RPM, watts, METS, mpm's, and mph/kph
Choosing which bike to purchase depends on your needs and your preferences. What type of workout you are seeking will also affect the bike you choose? An upright bike will give you a great cardio workout that focuses us on the quadriceps.
A recumbent bike has you seated in a reclining position. The seat supports your back and your legs are out in front of you. They work the hamstrings and gluteus muscles. A recumbent bicycle is much easier on your lower back.
Upright exercise bikes might have handlebars that move back and forth simulating a rowing motion. This will work your arms, chest, abs, and back muscles. Both bikes offer excellent cardio vascular workouts and calorie burning experiences. Match the bike to your size. Most exercise bikes are easily adjusted for almost any body type.
People use exercise bikes for a variety of reasons. Cyclists often use them in the off season to maintain their levels of fitness. Many people use them at home because they feel embarrassed about exercising in front of other people.
Exercise bikes are also used in physical therapy programs to promote healing and the regaining of knee or hip joints. Some cardiac rehabilitation programs also use them to promote endurance and greater cardiac health.
You can purchase exercise bikes in sports stores, department stores like Sears or Wal*mart and online. When you buy from a store it is easier to match the bike to your living space, to your body size, and your budget.When buying online you run the risk of not getting exactly what you wanted. The bike may or may not have the exact specifications or may be bigger (or smaller) than what you ordered.
The other problem with ordering online is taking delivery. The delivery company likely will not bring it into your house, you will be left to get it in and set it up. This is true though of buying it in a store unless you contract with someone to do the entire process including the set up. If you buy from a store like Sears you can purchase service contracts in case of a problem.
Whatever the reason for your purchasing an exercise bike, it is only going to work if you use it. Of course, as with any exercise routine check with your doctor to make sure that you are healthy enough to exercise. Start out slow and build up your endurance. Be safe, be healthy and have fun.
Reprint Rights feel free to publish this article on your website but you must agree to leave all active links contained within 'About The Author' intact and "as is" and NOT hidden behind a java or redirect script.
About the Author
Yoga Pants can Give You Butt Acne, Warn Dermatologists - International Business Times, India Edition
Horizon Elite Treadmills
Horizon Elite treadmills, a series of high quality fitness products, are manufactured by Horizon Fitness of DeForest Wisconsin. Horizon Elite treadmills are extremely durable, high-end performers created with the committed athlete in mind.
Free Weights Vs Machines - The Battle!
It seems like everyone has an opinion on this debate. Which is better- free weights or machines? I asked my trainer friends what they thought and it was pretty much split in half.
5 Big Reasons to Buy Adjustable Dumbbells
Just imagine if you could replace a room full of weight machines with one piece of fitness equipment without it costing you an arm or a leg! Well adjustable dumbbells might just be the solution you've been looking for.Adjustable dumbbells are one of the best investments you can make in your home gym.
Use of Lifting Belts During Strength Training Workouts
The decision of whether to use a lifting belt during exercise should be guided by the following information:As mentioned in an earlier article on lower back pain, the deep stabilizing muscles of the lumbo-pelvic region (core) are suspected as having a "drum forming" effect - that is the muscles contract simultaneously in a reflex (no conscious thought required in people without back pain) action to help stabilize the low back and allow forces to be transferred from the lower body to the upper body and vice versa. This action also has the effect of compressing the abdominal contents - composed primarily of water and very little gas; thus the name of this phenomenon is the "fluid ball" effect.
Aerobic Equipment - Find The Best Deals On The Best Equipment
The benefits of aerobic exercise are well documented. Aerobic exercise is defined as any number of activities that use the large muscle groups and force the heart and lungs to work harder than while at rest.
Blood Pressure Monitor - Is Youre Blood Pressure OK?
The focus on reducing high blood pressure in today's society is more so then ever now we now know that living with a high blood pressure can result in having a stroke or a fatal heart attack.High blood pressure is the most common cardiovascular disease amongst the older generation aged 60 plus - high blood pressure actually effects 2 in 3 in those aged 70 or above and often comes without warnings, lending it the name 'The Silent Killer'.
Treadmill Best Recommended List
Runner's World Magazine conducts an evaluation, to come up with their treadmill best recommended list. Unlike other sports-related products that the athletic magazine reviews on an annual basis, treadmills, they explain, are not extensively and continually redesigned and upgraded.
Why Buy A Treadmill?
Buying a home treadmill? Treadmills are still the most popular choice among exercise equipment buyers today. Why do many people invest in a home treadmill? Here are the major benefits of buying your own home treadmill:Burn more calories:Treadmills burn more calories per hour than any other exercise machine.
Proform XP 590s Treadmill
The Proform XP 590s Treadmill - Storage Is XPedientThe Proform XP 590s treadmill is one of the XP series treadmills produced exclusively by Proform for Sears.Proform XP 590s treadmills, along with the 542e, 542s and XP 800VF, are designed for use in the home gym and are suitable for use in fitness, training and weight loss programs.
Electronic treadmills could just as easily be called treadmills with an attitude: they don't go as fast as you do; you go as fast as they do.An electronic treadmill is equipped with a motor to drive the treadbelt and another to raise and lower the deck at an angle.
Gazelle Cross Trainer Pro
Fitness guru, Tony Little, designed the Gazelle Cross Trainer Pro. This fitness machine is one of his latest models of Gazelle trainers.
Amazing Kettlebell Workout Produces Superior Results
Russian Kettlebells are amazing! These kettlebell workouts may be the answer to maintaining a home gym or having an expensive clubmembership.With Russian kettlebells you can develop superior gains overtraditional workout methods and save lots of space in your home.
Free Weights vs. Exercise Machines
Anyone who has ever been in a gym before is familiar with the gleaming banks of shiny exercise machines. Coming in all shapes and sizes, they are usually cause for the newcomer to the gym to pause and ask, "What IS all of that stuff?"Well, according to the price that the gym paid for any one piece of that equipment, I certainly hope that it not only stimulates your muscles, but also cooks your breakfast, washes your car, and brings the kids home from soccer practice! Now the question becomes whether or not those machines were worth the price, or if you'd be better off doing a home aerobics video with a can of soup in each hand?.
Elliptical Trainers and Burning Calories
One of the most frequently asked questions is do the use of elliptical trainers help me burn calories compared to other cardio machines?With our busy schedules it is completely understandable that you want to get the most results for the time you spend working out.As you may know how many calories burned during a workout will vary depending upon your weight.
How Treadmills Compare To Other Types Of Home Fitness Equipment
When it comes to exercise, people like to walk or run. These are natural activities for us.
Find the Best Home Tanning Bed Package
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could find a cheap used tanning bed for your home. Have you ever wondered how to buy tanning beds and what would be the best home tanning bed package? Well you've come to the right place.
Developing a Fitness Attitude - A Healthy Weight Loss Program Approach
Exercise is Not a Four Letter WordIt's obvious that the word 'exercise' has more than four letters, but many of us will agree it sounds like a four-letter word.Indeed, many people feel so negatively about exercise, experts often advise using the term 'physical activity' instead.
Portable Treadmills - For People On The RunPortable Treadmills are a convenience most appreciated by busy people.Manufacturers like Walkmill focus on light folding machines that will set up and fold away quickly.
Ironman Treadmills - For The Guy Who Does The IroningIronman Treadmills are produced by Keys Fitness Products, which also produces Keys, Alliance, Discovery, Healthtrainer, and Encore treadmills. Ironman treadmill models are in two series, the newer Ironman T Series and the substantial Ironman M Series.
Refurbished Treadmills - What Exactly Are They?
Refurbished treadmills are big business. Because treadmills can be so expensive there are many who can not afford to buy a new one.
Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us
Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.