Having your own exercise bike in your home is a great way to ensure that you get lots of CV and burn lots of fat. Exercise bikes are stationary forms of CV meaning you can do them on the spot and you can do them indoors. This means that when it's chucking it down with rain and when you can't face going to the gym, you can easily work out in the comfort of your own home. It also means that when your favorite show is on TV, you can workout while still watching it. And then on top of these benefits is the considerable boon that riding a bike involves no impact on your knees.
So in other words, if you have a bike in your home then you will likely benefit in terms of your health and fitness very quickly. However you can also get more out of it if you know some tricks and if you know how to use it and how to work with your own body and mind to get the results. Here we will look at how to do that and some tips to ensure you get the very most from your bike.
When choosing your stationary bike you should look into the different models on offer and you should be selective with which one you choose. While all the bikes will involve basically the same motion, the different features and bells and whistles will vary greatly. Some for instance will have modes that enable you to cycle through hills, while others will have settings to burn fat etc. This then means that you can mix up your training program. On top of this different bikes offer different amounts of biofeedback meaning you can monitor your heartrate etc. If you can't afford a top model exercise bike then you should look at getting one second hand which will work just as well and mean you can afford the best features.
Use Interval Training
Interval training is basically a form of training where you alternate between fast bike riding where you are exerting yourself a lot, and slower less intensive segments where you recover. This enables you to burn more fat more quickly, but also to generally put your body in a more anabolic state to more quickly tone muscle and shed fat. This is a highly effective way of training and also means you take a lot less time out of your day to train.
When you're riding you should ride with a target and not take a break in between (or you will struggle to get back into it). That means you need everything in place before you start so you don't need to get up - have water, have the TV remote, be dressed appropriately and make sure you've been to the toilet just before.
Use the Right Stimuli
When you have the TV on or some music, make sure it is conducive to your training and helps to gear you up. That means action films or music with a tempo - nothing slow and nothing depressing.
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