Health and Fitness

Aerobic and Cardio Training with Exercise Bikes

Nautilus R514 Recumbent Exercise Bike

Nautilus is a brand name you can notice at the Gym and since they make pro level equipment in gyms it’s a brand to take seriously when looking for  your own home exercise equipment.

But is it right for you?

Let’s look and see what’s in the box…

Features of the Nautilus R514 Recumbent Exercise Bike

  1. There are 16 resistance levels to choose from when exercising and these are selectable from the computer console
  2. Computer has 2 programmable user profiles and helps you to track your progress
  3. The computer display shows time, interval time, RPM, watts, distance cycled, pulse or heart rate, “speed”, calories burned and the resistance level
  4. Heart rate monitoring either from the hand grip on the rear handle bars or from the chest strap and telemetry to the console
  5. A built in fan with its switch on the console
  6. Water bottle holder just below the console
  7. Measurements 67 x 25 x 52 inches (L x W x H)
  8. Under seat rack for towel, book, knitting…
  9. A power supply is needed both for the computer and the fan

Who is the Nautilus R514 Recumbent for?

  • People wanting to get the best from the 17 built in programs and 16 levels of resistance offered
  • Those wanting a sturdy machine with a long guarantee
  • People who want the extra facility of chest strap heart monitoring

Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle

The Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bicycle, the Mag cycle, is a best selling recumbent bike that seems to offer a lot at a bargain price… so let’s take a look at what it offers and see if it might be what you are looking for.

Features of the Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle

  1. Recumbent Exercise bike with step through design for easy use
  2. Choice of 8 levels of resistance to suit your fitness and exercise needs
  3. Magnetic unit for quiet operation
  4. Display unit displays time spent, calories burned, distance covered
  5. The pedals are counterbalanced and have adjustable foot straps
  6. Compact size measuring 55 x 40 x 25 inches (W x H x D)
  7. It weighs 66 pounds – but transport wheels make it easy to move
  8. Battery operated – no external power cord is needed

Who is this Marcy Recumbent for?

The Marcy Mag Cycle is ideal for those who…

  • need an exercise bike with a budget price
  • want an uncomplicated exercise machine
  • do not want a flashy console or computer
  • prefer a battery powered screen

Aerobics and Cardio Confusion

There’s a lot of advice and opinion available on how to exercise. We’re told to do aerobic exercise and we’re told to do Cardio. Now I seem to be adding to the confusion by telling you to do Interval Training.

So who’s right?

How we exercise has to be depend on the truth about how the body works. We cannot follow an exercise system simply because it is advertised on TV or on a best seller list – or being presented by a celebrity who probably knows less than we do about exercise. If you are looking for high quality exercise bikes in India then lets find out best exercise bikes here.

Let’s start with Aerobics.

Aerobic exercise means moderate or low intensity exercise that continues or can be continued for a long time – an hour for example. Walking, long distance running, cycling or swimming are obvious examples.

Aerobic exercise has many benefits such as strengthening the muscles used in the exercise as well as many fringe benefits of exercise including reducing stress. But it leaves important needs such as flexibility, and peak performance unmet.

Both of these are important but your peak performance is crucial.

It may surprise those of us who are not athletes that peak performance is of any concern. Some of us are told to exercise by our Doctor after all! But muscles when pushed to their maximum behave different in ways that are important and valuable to us all.

A sprinter when doing the 100 yards sprint is not exercising aerobically. The muscles are working as fast as possible at their peak and are burning energy stored in the muscles and continue to burn energy faster even after the sprint.

Short high intensity exercise raises the speed at which you burn energy 24 hours a day. The effect of the short high intensity exercise is to increase the metabolic rate of the body so even when not exercising the body is burning more energy.

Needless to say this is good for weight loss.

And in case the phrase “high intensity” worries you – you can sneak up on it as slow as you like!

Or get a trainer for a few sessions.

Lots of folk get their initial boost and advice from a few sessions with a coach.

Naturally the high intensity exercise only lasts for a few seconds – typically 30 seconds and then you do a either a complete rest or better a low intensity type of exercise.

On the recumbent exercise bike you just pedal slow for 90 seconds.

And then…

The beeper sounds – or your watch if you prefer it! You need some kind of timing to do this kind of exercise.

We mentioned a sprinter as our example. A sprinter would train like this

sprint, rest, sprint, rest.

This is called interval training and the sprint might be replaced with any high intensity exercise – like peddling fast on a bike.

This gives us extra health benefits as well as raising our metabolic rate. I’ll go over it more in other posts soon but there are powerful anti-aging benefits to high intensity exercise.

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