Stationary bikes are a great way to get fit! But, as with any piece of equipment, it’s only effective if you use it. That was the problem that I encountered and have found that I’m not alone. Many people purchase these exercise bikes with all the great intentions in the world of getting in shape and improving their cardiovascular health, only to let them sit sedentary in a room all by themselves until they finally lose the hope they once had and sell the thing off to the next person with a health resolution. This, of course, is not an effective fitness tool when used (or, more aptly put, not used) in this way.
That being said, if these bikes are used in the manner they are intended, they are exceptional methods of reaching and maintaining your desired fitness level. They get the heart pumping and increase lower body strength. Some have additional features that even allow for upper body training, as well. Because they are stationary, there is much less chance of injury than outdoor riding bicycles have, especially for those of us who may be prone to, shall we say, less dexterity than others. Due to the fact that many people purchase them and lose sight of their goals before they really get started on their way, you can also find them second-hand at reasonable prices…another plus for the exercise bikes.
There is also the option of joining a health club and using the stationary bikes that are provided there. These may be a bit more high tech than you would buy for home. Though not necessarily more beneficial, they may seem to be as they are often a better quality machine, newer, and equipped with all the bells and whistles. It can also be easier for you to use them as you are there for more than just that purpose. There are some people, however, who end up spending more on the gym fees than they would have on the bike itself and yet, still don’t go enough to get the real benefits. If you use the membership, though, this is often the best way to get your riding in.
One of the new and quite trendy classes that a great deal of gyms are offering are “spinning” classes. These aren’t what you may be picturing, if you are unfamiliar with them. People aren’t spinning around in circles together in a big room, arms extended or anything like that. Wheels are spinning! These classes are routines done on stationary bikes. They are fun, as there is typically high energy music playing and low lighting. After just a couple, I can assure you that these will get you in shape! They are tough and intense, but incredibly invigorating at the same time.
Exercise bikes work when people work with them. This seems like a no-brainer, I know, but apparently it’s not. At least, if you use the one collecting dust in my garage as a measuring stick. For anyone interested in getting fit using this tool, I would encourage you to try the classes and see if they may be just what you need to get out of your fitness slump.