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Fri 27 Sep, 2013

5 Reasons to Hit the Exercise Bike


The exercise bike is one of the most effective and popular cardiovascular machines in the gym. Below are five powerful reasons to hit the exercise bike the next time you’re working out.

Great for Fat Loss and Toning

The muscles in your legs are some of the largest in your body, therefore working these muscles is a great way to burn calories. Even though your legs are doing most of the work when you’re on the bike, cycling a few kilometres can be an excellent way to increase fat loss in other parts of the body, including around your waist. Few cardio machines are more effective at giving you toned and shapely legs.

Increase Fitness and Stamina

People who use the exercise bike regularly will see a significant increase in their cardiovascular fitness in a short period of time. If you know anyone that cycles regularly, it is likely that they will have a high level of fitness and good muscle tone. This is no coincidence. Cycling longer distances is a great way to build up your stamina, which will help you with strenuous tasks in everyday life such as climbing several flights of stairs or carrying heavy bags.

Low Impact

Some types of cardiovascular activity, such as running, are regarded as high impact exercises because of the impact on your joints as you take each stride. Although running is a great form of exercise, it may not be appropriate for everyone, particularly if you have had problems with your joints in the past. A big advantage of an exercise bike is that it is low impact, meaning its easier on your joints but you still have an opportunity to burn lots of calories.

Versatile

An exercise bike can be used by almost anyone, regardless of their physical fitness. As you dictate the pace you can easily decide whether you’re going to do a steady few kilometres or a shorter, more intense workout such as HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training). There are also different levels of resistance to choose from, depending on how hard you would like to pedal. Some people use the bike for a warm-up, whereas others use the bike for their whole workout.

You Don’t Have to Worry About the Weather or Traffic!

Traditional cycling is a very popular pastime for people here in Britain. However, unless you’re willing to brave the elements on a regular basis, the number of days that you will be able to cycle outside will probably be quite limited. When you get on an exercise bike in the gym you don’t have to worry about bad weather, dangerous drivers, or stopping and starting at traffic lights. You can even read your favourite magazine safely!

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