Equipments for Exercise Bikes

There are literally hundreds of different models of recumbent and upright exercise bicycles available in the market. Often, the difference between these bicycles is the presence or absence of certain fancy equipment that adds value to the product. Truth be told, you can survive without all the fancy equipment and it won’t affect your workout that much. However, when you go out to purchase your new stationary bike, you’ll find yourself comparing all the features and fancy equipment.

Most of the time, this equipment is the justification for the price difference and if you’re going to be paying extra for the fancy equipment, you should know what you’re paying for and what kind of fancy equipment to look for in your stationary bike.

Central Console Unit

The console is the central nervous system of your bike. It is essentially the brain that gathers all the data from gadgets and sensors attached to the machine and processes them. Its final task is to display the data to the user on an LCD panel. Truth is that you won’t find any of this on a traditional bike, but you’ll not be able to find this on any of the modern bikes either.

You can dial in any setting such as selecting a pre-set workout program and selecting the resistance, and the console will interpret it and tell the bike to act upon the request. Now all of this sounds boring, but it’s of great importance and makes all the modern stationary bikes tick.

LCD Screen

Of course, the most important console equipment is the LCD screen as it displays all the information to the user and defines all the crucial numbers and parameters to help you out with your workout in every session. The amount of information displayed varies from model to model, but most of the LCD screens found in modern stationary bikes show at least the number of calories burned, average speed, distance traveled, and workout duration. The more advanced ones may also show the heart rate, while almost all display custom workout options that you can use to adjust the settings.

As discussed before, you can work out even without all the information, but knowing all the stats helps you make your workouts more effective. You can set targets for yourself to achieve and improve your workouts in doing so.

Heart Rate Monitor

Most of the stationary bikes that come with a heart rate monitor are pricier than the average ones. If you feel like you don’t need a heart monitor i.e. you don’t have any cardio-related problems, then spending extra bucks on buying a stationary bike with a heart rate monitor is useless. However, having an integrated heart rate monitor helps you ensure that you’re in good shape.

For cardio workouts, heart rate monitor is almost essential. Cardio exercises can be the most effective if your heart beats at a specific rate, also called the fat-burning zone. You can cut down the time you spend on the bike significantly as the monitor can be used as a reminder to stay in the fat-burning zone.

Other features such as water bottle holders, built-in speakers and fans are also found in some of the high-end stationary bikes, but since they are not all that common and not very essential, it’s okay if you don’t take them into consideration. The purpose of having an indoor bike is to help you lose weight or stay in shape, and the only fancy equipment that is useful is the one that helps you achieve that by making your workout more effective.


10 Reasons To Exercise Daily

We all know that any physical exercise if done for at least 30 minutes every day can aid in weight loss, but that’s not all that is to it. Here are some important reasons why you need to exercise daily.

  1. Keeps blood pressure in control

Physical exercises strengthen your heart muscles and make it more capable of pumping blood evenly, throughout your body. Due to the free movement of blood, arterial plaques are prevented, thereby reducing cases of hypertension that lead to abnormal blood pressure.

  1. Mitigates risk of Type II diabetes

When you do any exercise for about 30 minutes per day, you are doing a great favor for your overall wellbeing. Thanks to a healthy diet for company, exercises help to boost your metabolism rate and regulate glucose levels in the blood, making you less prone to Type II diabetes.

  1. Good memory

You would be surprised to know that regular physical/mental exercises can help in the functioning of your brain and protect you from conditions like memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s at a later stage.

  1. Corrects your posture

Most of the times, chronic back pain, joint pain or neck pain is because of incorrect postures. When you work out for an hour every day, all stiff muscles get relaxed, improving your overall posture.

  1. Boosts immunity

Regular exercises help you to keep your vital organs in a healthy condition. You can flush out toxins from your body, which in turn, helps in blood circulation and keeping you energized all through the day. Therefore, your immune system receives a huge boost.

  1. Helps you relax

The time when you get to spend in your physical or mental exercise schedule every day helps you keep your mind relaxed and de-stress. It is important that you take these 30 to 60 minutes in a day for yourself and your wellbeing. This helps you stay motivated and confident during crisis situations too.

  1. Improves sleeping patterns

If you have been experiencing insomnia for quite some time and have been trying out various techniques in vain, you have to start exercising regularly to find great results. Physical and mental (like meditation and yoga) exercises help to keep your body and mind relaxed and you start sleeping well at night.

  1. Mitigates the risk of arthritis

When you exercise regularly, you will knock off those extra, unwanted kilos from your body. Hence, the bones in your knees and other joints have a reduced burden to carry, thereby protecting you against ailments like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and more.

  1. Keeps your sex life active

Due to strengthened muscles from regular exercises, your body starts producing more androgens, which are essential for the functioning of your sexual organs. Physical exercises keep you energized and relaxed at the same time, thereby helping you to enjoy your sex life better than ever.

  1. Keeps mood swings in control

When you exercise regularly, you are less prone to negative emotions like depression, anger, jealousy and more. You are very relaxed, and you would always look for practical solutions for all problems, instead of getting submerged in self-pity.

It’s high time you start exercising regularly, because, as you can see from the above, it helps you become a better person.