10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Using An Exercise Bike
As you probably know, there are many different pieces of exercise equipment you can buy to help you get in shape, improve your fitness and stamina, etc.
We found one of the most popular pieces of equipment our client's purchase is an exercise bike.
We can’t always find the time to visit our local gym and exercising at home can conveniently be done first thing in the morning or before dinner at night - that’s why an exercise bike is the equipment of choice for a lot of people.
They all have the basics of handlebars, a comfy saddle, and pedals. Did you know that they some of them now give you the ability to monitor your heart rate, play music while you rise or allow you to increase the resistance of the spinning wheel to improve your cardio?
Not only that; using them gives you some amazing health benefits - here are our 10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Using An Exercise Bike which you should find helpful:
Great For Cardio
If you have a cardio day planned, one of the cheapest options is to simply go for a run. However, you don’t always have the time or the weather isn’t that great.
Did you know that doing the same cardio exercise day in, day out is one of slowest ways to lose weight or improve your health?
This is generally because your body gets used to the workout. Ideally, you should vary the types of cardio exercise so your body gets a good balance of the different types which should allow you to burn more calories in the long run.
Cycling can either be done in isolation or can easily be slotted into a workout schedule - it’s the sort of thing that’s great for a warm-up/cool-down or even in-between.
In that respect, an exercise bike is really flexible. It’s also a fantastic way to strengthen your heart and improve your respiratory system without overdoing it.
Improve Strength Training
If you are struggling to find exercises that specifically target the lower body region, then look no further - using an exercise bike is great to build and tone the muscles in your lower body.
Depending on how high you set the resistance and the frequency of use, you should find it’s a great fat burner and provides isotonic exercise if done consistently as part of a regular exercise routine.
Not only does it help build muscle and tone your lower body, but it also works great for toning your middle core too.
Brilliant For Weight Loss
Among the many millions of theories of losing weight, regular cardio exercise is a proven way to lose weight as well as a good healthy diet.
One of the major reasons an exercise bike is good for losing weight is the sheer amount of calories you can burn in a short period of time.
The more you use it, the stronger you get. The stronger you get means you can adjust the resistance of the wheel. For example, our popular AirUno Air Assault Exercise Bike gives you many options for air resistance so that you can increase it as you become fitter.
Not only does it build stronger muscles, but it also has the added benefit of burning fat at the same time.
One of the most popular ways to build muscle and to get fit is using weights, however, this isn’t for everyone...
If you are looking for exercises that provide a great cardio and is low risk from strains, injuries or back pain, etc. then an exercise bike just might be the best option for you.
We found running and skipping to be great cardio exercise BUT there is a greater chance of you having an injury due to the amount of pressure you put on your limbs and the impact your joints take as your feet make contact with the floor.
Cycling not only strengthens your muscles, but it also has a lower risk than most exercises of doing damage.
Improve Joint Movement
If you have problems with joint movement, it would be a good idea to seek the help of a physiotherapist - they can give you all the help and guidance you need to improve your joint movement.
One of the most popular pieces of advice they give is do low-risk, low-impact exercises such as cycling. This is because it improves the range of motion in your joints with each rotation. In time, it will help them become stronger with the added benefit of becoming fitter too!
Convenience - Can Be Done At Home
As I mentioned in the opening paragraphs, due to an exercise bike being a static machine that doesn’t need to be moved, you have the ability to exercise from the comfort of your own home.
It is also relatively easy to use if you are just getting started with cardio exercises. No matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, you have the ability to get started and improve the intensity at your own pace.
Depending on how busy your life is, there is also the added benefit of multitasking while you exercise - not exactly something you can do lifting weights or going for a run..! In fact, it’s a good time to catch up on a good book, watch TV or listen to your favourite podcast.
Not Dependant on The Weather
So far, we have talked about the health benefits of using an exercise bike and the convenience of using one, however, an added convenience factor is that the weather doesn’t stop you from using one.
Whether it is too cold or even too hot outside, using an exercise bike at home allows you to set the ambient temperature of your surroundings.
This means you can achieve a great cardio workout with the added benefit of being flexible about when and where you do this.
Fantastic For The Lower Body
If you ever look at a cyclist you will probably see how toned both their legs and their butt is.
Adding in a cardio workout with an exercise bike into your workout routine is key to developing, toning and strengthening your quads, calves, and glutes.
Cycling targets both the inner and outer thighs and is specifically good if you are recovering from a hamstring injury.
Gain Strength In Your Legs
If you are looking to build strength in your legs, then weight lifting is probably the most popular choice of exercise. However, studies have shown that weight lifting is particularly useful if you want to build muscle and mass.
If you want to tone and look lean, you don’t always need to go through the trouble of using weights - an alternative option would actually be cycling.
By increasing the resistance as you get fitter, it is a really good way to strengthen your legs without the risk of doing yourself an injury lifting heavy weights.
Makes You Feel Great
Lastly, a lot of people have said they get a different kind of rush when they cycle - even though running gives you a major rush, cycling seems to allow you to be at one with yourself and, depending on your confidence level, allows you to maintain a good healthy cardio program in private.
Not everyone feels confident enough to go out running in public or be on show at their local gym. Cycling on an exercise bike can ultimately improve your confidence and make you feel better about yourself as you become fitter.