Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Benefit of Exercise Bikes That Aid in the Exercise Experience

Benefit of Exercise Bikes That Aid in the Exercise Experience

There are many exercise equipment products on the market today that are designed to enhance the exercise experience. Some of this equipment may include a treadmill, weights, step apparatus, rowing machine, etc. Often well-meaning resolutions or other commitments are the driving force behind the purchase of these pieces of exercise equipment. However, after some time, boredom begins to set in or possibly an injury which results in this apparatus being used to gather dust, become part of a garage sale or the focus of a “for sale ad” in the paper.

Therefore, when selecting exercise equipment, it is important to select equipment that will provide physical exercise, not produce boredom, reduce the risk of injury and be comfortable to use.


One benefit of exercise bikes is that it provides a good exercise workout. A good exercise workout is defined as that activity that provides aerobic benefits, works the major muscles and aids in maintaining or reducing one’s weight.

The benefit of an aerobic workout will stimulate the heart and lungs. The stimulation is achieved through the proper intensity and continued level of the exercise being conducted. The levels needed for this aerobic workout is dependent upon the age and health of the person who is exercising.

Another benefit of exercise bikes is the exercise received by the major muscles of the legs. Both the muscles of the lower legs and thighs receive considerable attention and allows for a good “burn” to be achieved.

In addition, the benefit of exercise bikes is the burning of calories. It is estimated that a workout of 30 minutes can burned close to 300 calories. This burning of calories in conjunction with a decrease in calories consumed, can help to contribute towards the loss of weight or maintaining one’s weight.

Reduces Boredom

It is impossible to receive the benefits of exercising if one does not exercise. Although, there are no guarantees, the purchase of an exercise bike may decrease the boredom associated with other pieces of exercise equipment. This decrease in boredom is possible because the exercise can be accomplished while reading a book or watching TV.

Less Risk

Another benefit of exercise bikes is that there is less “shock” associated with this exercise. “Shock” is defined as a part of the body coming in contact with a hard surface. This “shock” action can cause stress which can be detrimental to parts of the body such as the ankles, feet, and knees. Such an example of this “shock” is jogging and the wear and tear realized by the knees when the feet hit the surface of asphalt or other hard running surface. Obviously, any exercise that is done and creates pain is an exercise program that should be abandoned.

Comfort of Use

In addition, a benefit of exercise bikes is their comfort of use. Not only are exercise bikes available that can be sat upon like a normal bike, but there are exercise bikes that are manufactured in a semi reclining position. These bikes provide more comfortable seating as well as allowing the legs to extend outwardly rather than straight down. This comfortable seating provides less risk to the person who is exercising and minimizes the possibility of losing your balance and falling.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Painless Abdominal Exercises

Many people are bothered by lower back pain. The pain can be the result of an injury, arthritis or poor posture. No matter why the pain is there it is often debilitating. The thing that people who are not in constant pain do not realize is how much energy is taken from the person that is suffering from the pain. The pain can cause sleep deprivation which leads to the inability to concentrate and the feeling of being tired. There are many things that can be done to help with back pain. One of the most effective is abdominal exercise.

Many people do not realize how much the abdominal muscles help to support the lower back. By keeping these muscles strong the back is supported more. Exercises that stretch and strengthen the abdominal area can greatly alleviate the pain. Abdominal exercise is usually done lying on your back. For some people with severe back pain getting off the floor from a laying position can be quite difficult. For these people they can begin to strengthen the stomach muscles by performing the abdominal exercise in bed. This is not as affective as doing them on the hard surface of the floor, but it can begin the strengthening process so that the person can get to the point of lying on the floor.

Another effective and joint friendly way to begin the process of strengthening the stomach muscles is through deep breathing exercises. These are exercises that can be done in any position and at anytime throughout the day. Simply sit or stand very erect and pull in the abdominal muscles as you take in deep breaths of air. Hold the breath and slowly exhale, keeping the stomach muscles held firm. Repeat this procedure several times throughout the day. The deep breathing will also help relax tense muscles that may contribute to the pain level.

A more advanced abdominal exercise is doing belly crunches. This involves lying flat on your back with your knees raised and you feet planted firmly on the ground. Place your hands behind your head and lift the head and shoulders a few inches off the ground. Hold that position for a few seconds and go back down. Repeat this for a number of times. The deep breathing can be added to the abdominal exercise by inhaling and exhaling as you rise and fall. There are many variations that can be done with this basic exercise, such as reaching your arms out in front of you between your knees as you rise. If you alternate one arm than the next over your stomach as if you are climbing a rope you will work the abdominal muscles that are higher. Repeating these simple moves in the morning and evening will help to warm your back muscles as you prepare for work or sleep. Warming the muscles through stretching also helps to alleviate the pain.