Exercise bikes are a great way to stay in shape. They give you a low impact aerobic workout that's easy to start with and doesn't require a lot of space. They can be found almost anywhere these days, from your local drugstore to the bigger bike chain retailers. There are different types of exercise bikes that you can choose from and they all have their own distinct advantages over another.
Exercise Bikes that are mainly used for cardio workouts tend to be low to the ground and come with one or two kickback mechanisms. They generally have no seat, making it difficult to adjust the seat to the angle you need it at. An exercise bike with an adjustable seat is ideal because it lets you vary how far out you'll go on the bike. You can get on it at eight levels of resistance and pedal for comfort or intensity. A stationary bike without an adjustment mechanism is more easily manipulated by your legs and this may be the better option for some people.
Exercise bikes with some kind of heart rate monitor come in various models. Some have electronic LCD displays that show your average heart rate, zone, and other information during your workout. These kinds of home exercise bikes are usually very basic, but can still be very useful for burning calories and building endurance. Other heart rate monitors have electronic readouts that show your pulse rates during your workout. These are great for building up your aerobic fitness. The higher end exercise bikes have electronic temperature and heart rate monitors that are extremely accurate and useful for keeping track of your workout.
One of the biggest concerns people have about buying one of these bikes is whether or not it will fit into their small space. Luckily there are plenty of options for both larger exercise bikes and smaller ones. Exercise bike manufacturers like Cybex, Powertec, and Energizer are well known and have a lot of products that fit into most standard homes. Even if your house is small, you should be able to find a good size bike that will fit.
A stationary bike is an excellent way to stay in shape indoors. You can do an endless amount of workouts and burn lots of calories if you have one of these units. But you need to purchase one and then subscribe to a monthly subscription to get it. After all, you will have to pay the money each month in order to use the bike and not just use it once and then stop. With an indoor cycle you pay a monthly subscription and then you own the machine as long as you keep using it works. You do not have to buy the machine again just to keep it working.
There are many different types of Exercise Bikes that you can choose from and do various workouts on. You have an indoor/outdoor hybrid bike that is similar to an exercise bike that goes outside but you also do workouts on the inside. There is also a recumbent bike that is similar to the stationary bike you see on most city streets. This style of bike does not give you the same feeling that an actual bicycle gives since you are sitting. Instead you lean back and you pedal but still you can feel the resistance as you work your way around your home.
Another type of bike riding machines is an upright bike. An upright bike gives you the same feel as an actual bike riding, but you are doing the workouts on an elevated surface. An indoor cycle is another choice if you cannot find an indoor bike that you like. The cycles that are used in gyms and other fitness centers give you a cardiovascular workout, but can be somewhat of a pain to get up and down if you are not in shape. An indoor cycle is another option to consider if you are trying to stay in shape but do not like biking.
The best exercise bike for you will depend on what your individual needs are. If you do an extensive amount of research then it would probably be worth it to spend a little more money and go with a top of the line machine. However, if you do not have the time to really do so much research then it would probably be best to just go with an inexpensive machine that you are sure will give you the workout you want.