The stationary exercise bike has become a very popular form of exercise due to the many benefits this form of exercise offers. I will look at the many benefits of the stationary exercise bike and why you should seriously consider getting one if you want to lose weight, tone your muscles, work your cardiovascular system and feel great.
The first major benefit of working out using an exercise bike is that you can do it in your own home, no matter what the weather is like outside. It could be blowing a gale and pouring rain, but your training will not be disrupted. The down side to this is that you will never be able to use the weather as an excuse anymore to get out of exercising!
A side benefit of using an exercise bike in your home is that you can exercise in a controlled environment. This is especially important when you are using a heart rate monitor to guide your intensity during the workout. On the open road it is harder to monitor your heart rate safely, and the terrain may make it hard to effectively control your heart rate if you are trying to keep your heart rate within a pre-determined range. For example, you may find it difficult to lower your heart rate while climbing a steep hill, but if you were using an exercise bike, you could lower your heart rate quite easily and stay within the range you desire.
Another benefit of training on an exercise bike is that you can relieve boredom by watching tv, reading a book or magazine, or putting on a dvd. Training on the open road does not allow you to take your mind too far off the task at hand, without putting your safety at risk. Also, many of the more expensive bikes have built in computerized workouts. The monitor shows the terrain, so you can see if you are going up hill, downhill or along a flat section of road, and the computer automatically adjusts the intensity of the workout to match the terrain. Mixing up your exercise adds another element to your workout and makes it more challenging. Some bikes go further and allow you to develop your own preset workouts.
If you are exercising to shed a bit of weight, using a stationary exercise bike is a great benefit as it will keep the stress off your knee joints in particular and off your body in general. This is a great exercise to keep stress off your body and joints, but get a great cardiovascular workout for your lungs and heart.
Well, there a few of the many benefits of working out using an exercise bike.