There are always going to be exercise trends that come and go, but the exercise bike has remained a staple of cardiovascular exercise for many years. They are popular because offer a full-body workout, which can be an important time-saving feature for everyone.
In addition to working the legs, exercise bikes can work the abdomen, hips, upper body, buttocks, and the exertive nature of the exercise is also beneficial for the heart and lungs. A short 20 minute burst of exercise on an exercise bike can provide increased health benefits than some longer exercises which target only specific parts of the body.
Exercise bikes are available in a wide range of prices. Some models can be too expensive or too bulk to be used in the home, but there are other models in different price ranges and sizes that are great for use as a piece of home fitness equipment.
Aside from the obvious health benefits, the ability to multitask while exercising at home or at the gym is one of the main reasons exercise bikes have kept their popularity.
However, understanding the differences in the types of exercise bikes is an important factor when deciding which type of bike it is you are going to buy. This article will outline both the different types of exercise bikes and the benefits of each one in order to help you – the buyer – make an informed buying decision.
The Five Types of Exercise Bikes
There are five basic types of exercise bikes: upright stationary, recumbent stationary, dual-action stationary, indoor cycles, and interactive stationary.
If possible, it would be a good idea to test out all the different types of exercise bikes by visiting a gym that has a variety of different types of bikes or by visiting a sporting retail store that has numerous display models before you make your final decision. Different bikes will feel better and be more comfortable to different people.
These bikes are the most traditional exercise bikes. They stand up like a regular bike and have the typical bicycle-style seats and pedals. The ‘feel’ of riding an upright exercise bike will be almost the same to riding a real bike, making it a good choice for those who really enjoy outdoor bicycling.
Riding an upright bikes will give you the same type of lower body and cardiovascular workout that riding a real bicycle provides. The upper body also receives a mild workout if the rider chooses to lean forward and grips the handlebars while riding.
Those in need of some additional back support while exercising often prefer recumbent exercise bikes. They are more chair-like with bigger seats and backrests, and the position of the rider is slightly reclined with the pedals in front of the seat instead of below it. This usually provides additional comfort, better back support, and more efficient blood flow for the rider.
Riding a recumbent exercise bike still offers both a lower body and cardiovascular workout, but the muscles worked on a recumbent exercise bike are usually different than those worked on an upright exercise bike.