How does your daily workout look? When you first start working out at home it can be tricky to really figure out your regular routine. The easiest first step is body weight training, maybe even plyometric exercises or weight training depending on what you have access to. If you’re still left feeling like you have more in the tank, it’s definitely worth considering adding a great cardio burner like the exercise bike to your routine.
How do I use an exercise bike?
This piece of equipment is honestly so simple to use but how you use it makes a huge difference to the quality of your workout. Exercise bikes could also refer to spin cycles and recumbent bikes which are both great in their own ways, but for the purpose of this blog we’ll be referring to a classic upright style of stationary exercise bike.
It’s important to adjust your bike’s frame before you start riding to stay comfortable and protect your joints throughout your workout. Most exercise bikes let you adjust the saddle both up and down as well as forward and back.
Once you’re comfortable in the saddle, it’s time to start riding. Take some time to explore the features your bike might include like distance, speed, and heart rate monitors. With a manual resistance bike like the ZJET 430, it’s super easy to adjust the resistance and begin your workout. Automatic resistance bikes like the SL8.0 offer enormous possibilities for varying the intensity of your workout, so spend some time learning how to adjust your automatic resistance, and finding a preset workout that’s right for you.
Do exercise bikes help with weight loss?
This is one of the safest and most comfortable ways for you to workout in your own home. Set up your bike in front of the TV and you can burn calories without even thinking about it. That being said, your exercise bike has enormous potential to increase your heart rate, burn calories, and help you lose weight, so make sure you find a workout program that works for your goals.
Are exercise bikes good for toning legs?
After half an hour on the bike your legs will feel like jelly. In a good way. It can be difficult to feel a nice burn at the end of a leg workout with just body weight resistance. Pedalling for long periods through high resistance is a great way to tone and strengthen your leg muscles. Have you ever seen a cyclist’s legs? Training with an exercise bike is one of the easiest ways to workout your legs with the added benefit of being kind to your joints. Not just your legs either. If you ride with good form, exercise bike training can also be a great way to strengthen your core muscles.
How long should I use my exercise bike for?
That all depends on your workout goals. Thirty minutes is a great goal to work towards. If you can comfortably ride for longer then by all means stay on. If you’re pressed for time, don’t sweat it. You can get a lot out of your exercise bike workout in as little as ten minutes if you make the time count. Think about varying your routine. Try simulating hill climbing by continually adding resistance. Interval training is another great way to increase your heart rate. Go flat out for a couple of minutes, come back to a steady pace, then go right back to a higher intensity. If you have an automatic resistance machine then the computer, or an associated app, likely already has preset workouts that can take you through a variety of training programs. Don’t be shy, try them out until you find what works for you.
Great cardio in your own home.
That’s what you get when you add an exercise bike to your routine. Amazing resistance training for your legs and core while keeping your joints happy and healthy. The best part? You can achieve your fitness goals while you sit in front of the TV. Happy riding to you. Check out our full range of exercise bikes here.