Comments (0)December 28th, 2009Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Fat Burning Tips

Stationary Biking: Maximum Carb-Burning with Maximum Safety

Getting the most exercise possible while not compromising your safety and health is always a difficult conundrum to solve. The very act of working your body to the fullest to strengthen muscles and deepen your pool of stamina means that you risk cramps, sprains, strained muscles, and other problems. These are often difficult to avoid, not just because of the ease of overexerting yourself, but because of unforeseen environmental factors. Ice patches, puddles, piles of dry leaves, poor lighting… all these things and far more can turn an ordinary workout into a painful and debilitating accident, and it’s impossible to avoid them with most forms of strenuous cardio. However, the development of the home gym industry and all its many peripheral tools and equipment has created an extra emphasis on exercising hard but safely. We now have available tools that our ancestors never would have dreamed of to stay fit with minimal risk. One of the best examples for the sake of cardiovascular health is the stationary bicycle.

Bicycling is, in and of itself, an excellent means of cardio-based exercise. With a centuries-tested design, they work your lower body and legs efficiently but in a low-impact way, making it a good choice for people with delicate bones or other issues. Being a classic workout activity with a wide support base both among casual users and professional biking competitors, there’s very little to not recommend it. However, Biking outdoors isn’t without some risks. Navigating an outside environment while pumping yourself up to maximum speed can be tricky to do without risk! There’s traffic, pedestrians, stray animals, ice and snow and puddles. And, of course, in the back of your mind you always have to remember where you’re going and how you’ll get back.

The conflicts between environment and exercise are neatly swept away by stationary bikes, which are some of the cheapest forms of effective home exercise equipment available. Exercise bikes are well-supported, stable mounted bikes that you can ride in your home. No longer do you have to keep track of your balance, watch the sidewalk or road, make turns or stops. Instead it’s all about the actual exercise, allowing you the most efficient use of your time. And these simple machines often cost less than an actual professional bicycle would! Some of them also come with side benefits you wouldn’t find on a normal bike, such as a built in heart monitor or workout timer. That’s right, all the benefits of biking, if not more, with none of the drawbacks and roughly equal cost. If you’re thinking of saying no to a deal like that you’re not thinking very clearly. With the added tools, stability, and control over environment to make the perfect exercise routine for you divorced from the uncontrollable factors of the outdoors, there’s a reason why these machines are so popular in gyms!

Of course, even such a great exercise tool as this isn’t completely perfect. Stationary biking should be done as part of an overall well-rounded healthy lifestyle, if you really want to get fit. Keep in mind that it doesn’t help your upper body strength much, and that it won’t necessarily help you burn off fat in short time periods if you’re eating more than you should. Remember to use it as something to help get your stamina and lower body strength up to par, and you’ll be more than satisfied with the results.

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