Exercise, and yes, we said exercise, not ‘extra fries’ is an essential part of any healthy living regime. Exercise promotes longevity, it helps reduce your waistline, it boosts your mental health, it lifts your spirits, it’s fun, and it does plenty more besides. The thing to remember about exercise, however, is that it can be done in a variety of different ways.
If you’re a fan of cardio but are sick and tired of jogging on a treadmill or walking in the cold outside, an exercise bike could be a very effective alternative. Exercise bikes are often overlooked at gyms in favour of bigger, more technologically advanced machines, and we want to change that. Here are 4 great reasons to use exercise bikes.
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Great form of cardio
First and foremost, in commercial gyms, you’ll find exercise bikes in the cardio section. The reason for this is because of the fact that exercise bikes are fantastic for people looking to perform cardiovascular exercise. Cardio is a form of exercise that benefits your heart and cardiovascular system. Cardio is a word derived from ‘Kardia’ which is the Ancient Greek word for ‘Heart’. Exercise bikes help you to get a fantastic cardiovascular workout in which is therefore great for the heart.
When people perform cardio, one of the main reasons why they do so is so that they can lose weight. By weight, we of course mean body fat. If you’re looking to lose weight and shed those unsightly pounds, exercise bikes are awesome. When you workout on an exercise bike you will constantly be burning calories. The exact amount that you burn off will depend on how hard you are working and how large or small you actually are. A one-hour cardio workout performed on an exercise bike however, could potentially burn off as many as 500 calories. If weight loss is one of your objectives, exercise bikes are ideal.
Low impact exercise
Jogging and running is all well and good, but what about for those of you that suffer with joint issues? Running is not a low-impact form of cardio and each footfall can have a jarring effect on the body and joints which could result in you experiencing a great deal of pain and discomfort. Runners often suffer with ankle and knee pain, which will only get worse as time passes by. If you suffer with joint issues however, exercise bikes are perfect. Exercise bikes take the strain off of your joints because you are sat down and pedalling. Rather than running and bring your feet down hard, your feet are instead constantly fixed to the pedals. Exercise bikes are therefore far more forgiving on the joints.
Because of the pedalling motion you perform when using an exercise bike, one key benefit is the fact that you’ll enjoy improved levels of joint mobility. Cycling helps to improve mobility in the hips, knees, and ankles. Each of these joints rotates as you peddle, which helps improve their range of motion and helps to gently strengthen them.