Stationary bikes have taken over the fitness world by a storm. Nearly all gyms and training centers have many exercise bikes, with steamy sweaty people working out on them. Heard about the spinning classes? Yes, they are all about them. Fitness enthusiasts and even beginners have this magic machine at home; it is no doubt part of everyone’s workout regime. Even people who do not have the time or inclination to work out regularly, resort to stationary bikes few times a week as their ultimate answer to weight loss and “staying in shape”.
But recently, a few people have made unproven claims that exercise bike is not worth the time and energy we dedicate on them. It is believed by some that exercise bikes are indeed a waste of money.
But are they?
Many self-claimed fitness experts justify exercise bike as a waste of money by claiming that they are not beneficial for the heart health and overall cardio health. They claim that exercise bikes only involve leg movement and they do not provide a full-body workout, therefore you are likely to not burn enough calories. There are also many articles circulating the internet that claim spending tons of time working out on an exercise bike is wastage of time and energy, as not much weight loss is achieved by that.
If exercise bikes really did prove to be futile when it comes to maintaining cardio health, promoting weight loss and providing a good workout, the big names in fitness equipment would not be manufacturing tens of thousands of different types of exercise bikes annually. Nor would the spinning classing in your neighborhood would be going so smoothly.
While an exercise bike cannot be counted upon to attain a full-body workout that a treadmill or other resistance machine can offer, it is still an ideal choice of workout for many. It is the best choice for beginners who wish to slip into a fitness routine. Exercise bikes serve the needs of a repetitive, solo workout which contributes greatly to a rapid decline in body fat and burns calories. Ever heard of “spinning into shape?”. Yes, that’s exactly what exercise bikes are for.
An individual can burn 97 calories after each workout on an exercise bike. To achieve the same result, the individual may have to exercise 35 times more to shed 1 pound of fat. Exercise bikes are ideal for achieving daily basic exercise goals for people from all walks of life.
Furthermore, research proves that a full intensity 30-minute workout on an exercise bike burn over 300 calories. All of this can be achieved in the comfort of the living room with this standby machine. “Spinning” on your exercise bikes provide you the very energetic, almost same levels of calorie burning results that a long bike ride may provide. They are also a means to boost your metabolism to further aid weight loss. Needless to say, every workout no matter how much energy or time you give to it is futile without a healthy diet plan.
Some exercise bikes are packed with built-in resistance that can be altered or controlled by the users according to their preferred fitness level. A good, intensified workout on an exercise bike engages your calves, quadriceps, core and arm muscles. So next time someone tries to delude you with the ineffectiveness of an exercise bike, defend your mean machine by giving these facts. Happy spinning!