The popularity of the exercise bike among many exercise machines is that exercise bikes move almost all the back and leg muscles of the user while riding.
Resistance on the exercise bike can be adjusted to intensities that will suit an individual’s aerobic needs from the gentle to the more rigorous. The versatility of the exercise bike makes it adjustable to the different requirements of the exerciser. Some prefer the slow pedaling at higher resistance levels; others need to spin the wheel at lower resistance levels while some would want to use different resistance alternately. It can also suit the exerciser requirements that would need a more forward-leaning position, an upright position, and the recumbent position.
When doing the exercise for the first time, a health professional should always be around to provide a safe program for the patient. Knowing the patient’s optimal heart rate is crucial in determining the program and preventing injuries. Aside from the exercise programs the health professional will also determine the correct posture and resistance that are needed. They are also trained to spot potential difficulties that could cause more problems that someone not trained will not.
Normally, these kinds of programs should be done three times a week for at least 20 minutes each. The patient is always required to
start slowly especially for those who are not used to the rigors of exercising. One of the main objectives here is to raise the patient’s heart rate from 60 to 85% of the patient’s maximum heart rate.
For people who would prefer to have the exercise at home instead of going regularly to the gym, an exercise bike is a convenient machine, as it requires very little space. Some exercise bikes are collapsible so that it does not continue to occupy spaces when no longer in use and be tucked away under a bed or a closet.
Exercise bikes can be as inexpensive as a few hundreds of dollars to a few thousand depending on the features and other benefits that it offers.
In lieu of the exercise bike, an ordinary bicycle can also be used. The bike is mounted on a trainer (which is very cheap and is very easy to install), where the rear wheel of the bicycle is raised and the exerciser uses this as a stationary bike. Trainers can be bought at most bicycle retailers.
There are many benefits that the exercise bike can provide but it is especially effective for people who have back ailments.
Riding a bike on the roads, running, and jogging is good at strengthening the back conditions of patients but it can also injure the spine, this is why a stationary bike is a popular alternative. Some ailments that could benefit best from an exercise bike are Spinal Stenopsis and Osteoarthritis.
Exercise bikes are good at strengthening back muscle groups, the leg, calf, the hamstrings at the back of the thigh, and can also work the abdominal muscles.
Exercise bicycles can also improve the flexibility of muscles and ligaments. It can also aid to a very large extent the range of movements of the muscles that otherwise can develop spasms and stiffness. Exercise bikes can help reduce the stresses of the muscles at the lower back, and with the regularity of use can promote circulation and cardiovascular health.