Why a stationary bike?
Even though training on a stationary bike may seem a little humdrum, it has many, many advantages.
You can train all year long
Weather during spring, fall and winter isn’t always great, and sometimes summer is simply too short. When you cannot cycle outside because of bad weather, a stationary bike is a great alternative.
Or you just simply want to train but don’t have enough time to cycle outdoors, or maybe you are only interested in physical effort, without all the sightseeing.
Well, if so, a stationary bike is a solution for you: you can train at home, you don’t have to take weather into a consideration, and it takes less time to train and have good results.
You can maintain a proper pace and pulse
It is really difficult to find a route outdoors that is long enough to reach a proper speed and maintain your pulse at a proper level for aerobic training to be effective. You’ll encounter many curves and uphill rides, you’ll have to avoid pedestrians and other bikers and adjust your riding speed to traffic signs. This means you’ll stop and change the tempo a lot.
When it comes to a stationary bike though, you don’t have to worry about any of those things. You just fix the speed that you want, choose the distance and train! An integrated computer helps you to measure your pulse. These are perfect conditions for aerobic training. And if you find cycling in one place too monotonous, you can always play your favorite CD or watch a TV show. You won’t even notice till the training is over (and the calories are burnt).
Young people don’t have a problem carrying a bike on a staircase, riding uphill, or other obstacles to bicycling. They will probably choose a normal bike over a stationary bike during spring and summer.
But if you are an elderly person, you have health problems (for example joint or spine problems), you can’t carry heavy things, or you get too tired when riding on an uneven surface, a stationary bike is the solution for you. You can start and finish the training whenever you want, and you don’t have to worry about weather or any of the above.
- You don’t waste time looking for routes or tracks and the training itself takes only 60 minutes a day (or even less, especially in the beginning). An hour on a stationary bike equals two hours on a normal bicycle.
- You don’t need to worry about balance, uneven surface, evading obstacles or the surroundings during training. You concentrate on exercise and nothing else.
- You don’t have to worry about the weather or the time of day.
- Training on a stationary bike is a good way to relax and forget about everyday problems.
- And of course, it keeps you fit, burns calories, and improves your leg muscles and more.