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How To Choose A Stationary Exercise Bike Thatís Right For You

Things to consider when buying a stationary exercise bike, such as the different types like standard, electronic and magnetic resistance bikes.

A good way to lose your belly fat and get in shape is to ride a stationary exercise bike. Stationary exercise bikes are great because they improve your cardiovascular fitness effectively and improve leg strength. Stationary bikes are like ordinary bikes except for the fact that you remain on one spot. If for whatever reason you canít run (or just donít want to run!) but want to work towards getting six pack abs, then a stationary exercise bike is probably right for you.

Do you need to save space?

There are two main types of exercise bikes, small standard bikes and larger electronic ones. If you already have a lot of home gym exercise equipment, then you will probably want to buy a smaller bike to save space.

How large is your budget?

If you are on a budget, then you should consider buying a standard exercise bike, perhaps even a second hand one. However, you should always ensure that you buy quality equipment. Using poor equipment is not only a risk to your health but it also more likely to frustrate you, causing you to give up on your exercise plan. Good exercise equipment should be both enjoyable and safe to use.

Make sure you buy an exercise bike that is safe to use.

When on a budget, sometimes buying a second hand exercise bike is the best option. No matter who or where you buy your bike from, you should always ensure that it is safe to use. You should check if any screws are missing, if the bike has a stable base and if the flywheels of fans are covered.

Consider buying a recumbent exercise bike if you have a bad back.

If for whatever reason you have a bad back, hips or knees, then you should seriously consider purchasing a recumbent exercise bike. This type of exercise bike offers support for your back and is easier on your knees and hips. If you have a history of back problems, then you will want to buy a recumbent exercise bike that will support your back. However, even people with healthy backs can use recumbent exercise bikes to ensure that their backs stay in shape.

Consider buying a more expensive electronic exercise bike to prevent boredom.

There are plenty of electronic bikes that can monitor your heart rate and keep track of statistics such as distance cycled, time, speed, etc. These types of bikes can make exercising more enjoyable because you can challenge yourself and see how well you are doing and how far you would have cycled if you were biking outside.

Buy a magnetic resistance bike to reduce noise and save money in the long run.

Exercise bikes can be noisy but with advances in technology, magnetic resistance bikes are now becoming cheaper and more commonly available. Traditional exercise bikes use friction for resistance. This leads to noisy workouts and over time friction will cause your bike to wear out. Magnetic resistance bikes use magnetic currents to provide resistance. This means that barely any noise is generated and magnetic resistance bikes also last for longer, because they are not worn out by friction.

As you can see, there are a number of things to consider when buying an exercise bike. However, two things should remain the same no matter which exercise bike you buy. Firstly you want to buy an exercise bike that is of good quality and secondly you want to buy an exercise bike that you will enjoy using.

This will ensure that you get the most out of your workouts, remain motivated and enjoy exercising, ensuring that you accomplish your goals much more quickly, whatever they may be.

About the Author:
Scott Gray is currently a fitness enthusiast and freelance writer who enjoys providing fitness tips to consumers. He maintains a fitness web site where you can find tips for getting in shape, losing weight and how to live a healthy life style.

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