Does The Stationary Bike Provide a Good Workout?RBF Team
As per the opening quote, life really is like riding a bike – you have to keep moving, or pushing pedals, in the case of home fitness equipment, to stay balanced and to get results. When it comes to the Roger Black Fitness Exercise Bike range, Roger and his team are keen to get the nation moving and to stay moving. This might be on a stationary or folding bike and turning pedals at home, or perhaps outside on the road – or even a mixture of both. In the words of a very well-known brand “Just do it…”.
What is a Stationary Bike Workout Good For?
Before you decide on the product to buy, ask yourself how much space you have at home, consider your budget and whether you want a cardio workout to build leg muscle and tone or whether you are looking for more of an overall body workout.
When you buy most home exercise bikes, unless you purchase a spinning bike or one designed with clips, you will be seated for most, if not all of your workout. When you get onto the saddle for the first time, you are there primarily to enjoy your workout but to get your heart beating a bit faster and to get those legs pumping.
How to Plan a Good Workout on the Stationary Bike?
Once you are clear on the purpose of your purchase, have a look online – there is a lot of content on YouTube although sometimes too much information can become both time consuming and confusing.
If you write down or add a note in your phone or calendar about how much time you have to spend on a daily or weekly basis, consider a five-minute warm up and cool down either side of the main workout, start slowly and then build up. Programmes to burn fat may differ to building muscle and strength in the legs and you can also keep surprising your body by mixing up your workout styles.
A manual programme allows you to control the pace of your workout and you can adjust the tension knob or computer programme for greater or lesser resistance. You do need some resistance to get your body working but don’t overdo it, particularly if you have any pre-existing health conditions or are recovering from or preparing for surgery.
You can also source or create an exercise bike work out play list, ranging from 60 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) or beats per minute within the song and on the monitor screen to faster or slower, depending on the level of resistance or speed.
You will know when you are working with more intensity as you will begin to feel your ‘bite’ mark on the bike, which is different for each of us. The greater the resistance, the more you have to work your legs to complete each revolution with the pedals. But don’t overdo it or put so much resistance on that you can’t move the pedals at all or cause yourself an injury.
Is a Stationary Bike Good for a Cardio Workout?
A static or folding home exercise bike can offer a great cardio workout to get the blood circulating around the body and to break out into a bit of a sweat. You can also see on most monitors how many calories you are burning. If not on the monitor, then on your Apple Watch or similar. It’s good to be accountable so do track your progress or buddy up with a friend or family member to support one another.
Going back to the intro, it’s all about balance – not just to stay poised on your home fitness equipment but more generally within life. Exercise, albeit at home or in the great outdoors, should be enjoyable and add value to your life. It shouldn’t be a chore or anticipated with dread and ideally should become a daily or weekly habit, integrated into your life schedule. You just have to find the right way to exercise that works for you and your body and consistency is key.