At Home Fitness: Treadmills vs. Stationary Bikes.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it seems that no one has time to make it all the way to the gym. Luckily there are alternatives to getting a gym pass. You can get a home workout with nothing more than your body weight and a cardio machine.
Worried about the price? While gym memberships might not seem like much month after month they really add up. With a $50 per month gym membership you can buy a great treadmill and workout at home for the same price as a two year gym membership. No more excuses or making time to go to the gym. Simple workout at home and get into the shape your bodies deserve.
Many people understand that working out at home can be better workouts and easier on your wallet as well. However, it you are going to buy a home fitness machine what machine should you invest in? When it comes to home fitness equipment there are some major players in the industry. We have chosen to take a look at the treadmill and the stationary bike. You have the Treadmill which seems to be the most popular of all of the home fitness equipment and you have the bike that is one of the easiest workouts you can do.
Benefits of a Treadmill
Treadmills, also known as running machines are your very most basic piece of at home fitness equipment. You can run, jog, or walk on a treadmill. The biggest benefit of a treadmill is the fact that runners can continue to train when the weather is poor.
Treadmills overtime have went from basic running on a treadmill belt, to know being highly advanced with incline and decline options. As well as built in routes that simulates running specific courses. Built in trainers allow you to get motivated and keep up the pace or push harder.
Treadmills can also monitor your heart rate, track your weight, and tell you how many calories you burn per workout. While you can still buy a treadmill that will just let you run on it, if you spend a little more you can get all the bells and whistles you can dream of.
The main benefit of a treadmill is that it allows you to run any time of the year. They are also good if you do not feel safe running in your neighborhood.
Drawbacks of a Treadmill
While there are a lot of benefits to a treadmill there are some drawbacks as well. While it may seem obvious treadmills are only good for running. Yes you can walk or jog but if you are looking for an upper body workout. While other machines are more difficult to simulate without the actual machine if you don't have a treadmill you can still run outside.
Stationary Exercise Bikes
Exercise bikes are extremely easy to use and are very low impact. You actually don't even need to know how to ride a bike to use a stationary bike. They can provide a very intensive work out without being hard on the users body.
Benefits of Exercise Bikes
The biggest benefit of a bike is that it is so easy to use. You literally just sit on the bike and start peddling. Unlike a treadmill there is little to no risk of falling. This can make working out really safe for those people who maybe a little clumsy. You can also slow down the pace if you start to feel tired or peddle faster if you want a more intense workout.
Peddling is also a low impact exercise, making it good for the joints and those people who may have suffered an injury. “Spinning” classes have become a popular group exercise class in many gyms these classes provide a trainer that will push you to peddle faster and to get a better workout.
Drawbacks of Exercise Bikes
Exercise bikes do not work the upper body. If this is the only workout you do each week you will be neglecting the top half of your body. Also some people have a problem getting the level of workout they need with a bike because they don't peddle as hard as they should.
About the Author
Ryan Mayfield recently graduated from a local university with his BA in Mass Communication. Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, friends and writing about subjects such as sleep, exercise and health related topics.