12 Days of AHF Christmas: Seven bikes-a-spinning

Editor’s note: To help get our loyal Internet followers ready for Christmas, and let them know about the many great deals available through At Home Fitness, I’m revealing the 12 days of AHF Christmas. Here’s Day 7:

“On the seventh day of Christmas, At Home Fitness sent to me Seven bikes a-spinning, Six treadmills a-churning, Five golden dumbbells, Four exercise mats, Three vibration machines, Two home gyms, And A sales associate with a great fitness plan for me.”

There are few pieces of exercise equipment that can benefit as many different types of people as an exercise bike. This Christmas, consider getting yourself or a loved one an exercise bike. From stretching out before exercising, to cooling down afterward, or making it a core part of your workout the exercise bike is a must-have for any gym.

Exercise bikes range from the simple to the high-tech, complete with video screens to map out courses on top-end models.

When you’re beginning an exercise routine, it’s important to find something you enjoy and is easy to do. That’s what makes the stationary bike or recumbent bike an ideal choice, especially for the novice exerciser or someone with back, knee, or joint problems that make running or walking more difficult.

An upright stationary bike is very easy on the joints, and also easy to use compared to say a treadmill or elliptical machine.

Having a bike indoors can also offer great freedom to ride when you want and also stay out of the elements. You can ride watching TV or listening to music, day or night.

Even for highly fit individuals, an exercise bike can still be a great way to get loose, change up the cardio routine or cool down.

Exercise bikes put less wear and tear on your legs than running on a treadmill. You won’t burn quite as many calories as running in the same amount of time, but exercise bikes still offer the chance to get consistently good workouts.

Studies show on average that people burn 750 calories per hour on a treadmill, compared to 550 on an exercise bike.

However, that can be a little misleading because for many people it’s much easier to keep up a good pace longer on an exercise bike than a treadmill.

So in the long run, you may be capable of burning more calories on a bike.

What are the top exercise bikes? – Here are my six leading brands of exercise bikes, in no particular order, I’m sending to you as part of my At Home Fitness list:

1. LeMond Fitness

2. LifeCore Fitness

3. Inspire

4. Life Fitness

5. Vision Fitness

6. Life Span

7. Elliptigo

Recumbent or upright bike? – There are two main types of exercise bikes and here are some tips to decide which is right for you?

Upright stationary exercise bikes have been around a long time and look like the bikes we grew up riding on.

To more and more people, though, recumbent bikes are the popular choice.

with no back support and a great way to work out the legs, especially the quads.

For avid outdoor cyclists, during the cold months they’re the next best thing to riding outdoors.

Upright bikes are also a great way to warm up before a workout, cool down and-or get a cardio workout on.

You get a lot more support from a recumbent bike, which offers a back rest with curved lower-lumbar support and puts more emphasis on the hamstrings.

If you have had any back trouble, a recumbent bike might be the best choice because of its added support. When choosing a stationary bike, comfort is a big key.

For many people who are way overweight a recumbent is a great way to start the process of trimming down. You can get a cardio workout on it without putting much stress on the back and joints.

Each type of fitness bike has its pros and cons depending on your riding preferences and fitness goals.

Recumbent bikes are becoming a more and more popular choice for people to own in their own home or to use in the health and fitness clubs.

When riding a recumbent bike, you get a lot more support than on upright bikes, thanks to a back rest with a curved lower-lumbar support.

This also puts more emphasis on the hamstrings.

For people who have had any back trouble, a recumbent bike is often the best choice for exercise because of its added support. When choosing a stationary bike, comfort is a big key and the padded seats of a recumbent bike are big plus as well.

For those who are moderately to very overweight a recumbent bike is an excellent way to start the process of trimming down. You can get a cardio workout on it without putting much stress on the back and joints. They are also good for people with knee troubles.

Additionally, many people believe the recumbent bike is more ergonomically and bio-mechanically correct because of its frame and handlebar design.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

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