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Exercise Bike Machines

What are Exercise Bikes?

Exercise bikes, used in gyms, are like traditional bicycles, except they have no wheels*. So instead of moving forward you remain stationary as you pedal. Fitness experts say exercise cycles are safe, effective and easy to use by seniors, pregnant women and all fitness enthusiasts. Bikes put less stress on knees and joints than most other fitness equipment. There are 3 different types of exercise cycle available -the traditional upright stationary bike, recumbent (seated) bikes and dual action bikes (with moveable handlebars).

* Spinning or studio-bikes, are the main exception. These cycles do have a front wheel or sometimes two wheels, but the bike is grounded or bolted to the floor.

Types of Exercise Bike

Stationary Bikes
Like traditional bicycles and by far the most popular form of exercise bike. Stationary bikes provide good lower body and cardiovascular workouts and fit easily in limited space.

Recumbent and Semi-Recumbent Bikes
These have chair-like, bucket seats and are much closer to the ground than stationary cycles. Recumbent bikes are more comfortable than stationary bikes and provide better back support. They promote efficient blood flow throughout the body and prevent cheating on peddling because you can't stand up.

Dual Action Bikes
Dual action bikes are upright bikes with movable arm handles. This form of exercise bike provides a great overall body workout - the aerobic intensity is better because of the arm handles and upper body toning is enhanced.

Buying Exercise Bikes

Fitness experts agree that a major problem with exercise bikes is boredom. The worst mistake to make is to buy a very cheap exercise cycle which has few features to alleviate the inevitable workout slump. A quality exercise bicycle will give you control over the intensity of your workout, as well as options for specific courses designed to replicate the road bike experience. Before buying, spend time test-riding various bikes - check for adjustability, noise level and ease of operation.

Exercise Bikes: Price Guide

Bikes vary considerably in price, according to the quality of the exercise cycle. Price Guide for a reasonable home-use model: $350.00 to $500.00.

Exercise Bike and Weight Control

Exercise Bike machines improve health and fitness, build muscle tissue, and develop a leaner body shape. They also help to raise metabolism and may also help to develop a flat stomach. To lose fat tissue, and reduce weight, workouts using Exercise Bike machines need to be combined with a calorie-controlled diet. Because unless you create a calorie deficit, you can't burn fat and therefore lose weight.

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