Exercise Equipment: the Exercise Bike

by Jodee on April 15, 2011

An exercise bike can be a great choice for people who want to stay active. A person can buy one to be part of his or her home gym equipment, or they are readily available at most health clubs or at the gym.

A program of regular exercise provides a number of health benefits, including lowering the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Getting physical can also help to regulate blood sugar for patients diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Before starting any exercise program, do see your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to work out and that the level of activity you have in mind is not too strenuous.

Choosing to use an exercise bike for a workout means that the participant has a similar experience to being out on the road, without having to worry about keeping his or her balance on uneven terrain or dealing with inclement weather. An exercise bike also provides the rider more flexibility in his or her workout because the settings can be adjusted to make the ride as easy or as challenging as the rider needs.

Types of Exercise Bikes

There are four basic types of exercise bikes:

Wind Bikes are the lowest-priced models on the market, which makes them a very popular choice among consumers. As the rider pedals, the movement causes a fan to turn. This is the motion that creates resistance, and it also means that the wind bike can be a noisy choice for a workout.

Magnet bikes use one or more magnets to create resistance when in use. This bike has the advantage of not being as noisy to operate as a wind bike. This type of equipment is also more expensive to buy than a wind bike.

The third type of exercise bike is a fluid-based training bike. This is a good choice for people preparing for a bike race who want to be able to practice indoors. The bike uses hydraulics to create resistance during use. The harder the rider pedals, the more resistance is created.

The most expensive type of exercise bike is the turbo trainer. This is the type used by professionals and it provides an experience that is very similar to taking a bike out on the road. The operator can set the bike to the level of resistance he or she wants to get a better workout. Most turbo exercise bikes have a display screen where a rider can see his or her heart rate, as well as the bike’s speed and the length of the workout.

Before you choose an exercise bike for home use, take the time to try different models to see which one feels right for you. You may want to consider renting or buying used exercise equipment to keep the cost of getting fit down to a budget-friendly level.

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