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Schwinn Recumbent Exercise Bikes -- Maybe Not A Good Idea?

Author : alf buffington

Why get a Schwinn recumbent exercise bike? These bikes are still favorites several ways. Recumbent exercise bikes are a big part of Schwinn's product line. Schwinn holds a reputation for one because across the product line they furnish value. You can choose one of several models. But why choose a Schwinn and not one of the others?

Exercise bikes remain favorite machines even though they have been popular for years. No fad machine, stationary bikes let you exercise at any time at your convenience. That convenience means you will likely spend more time working out. Isn't that really key to reaching your fitness goals? Just finding a program you can stick with is half the battle. There's more to it though.

Recumbent bikes provide riding comfort that helps you exercise for longer once you get started on a session. A comfortable seat and a comfortable riding position let you ride with less pain and more gain.

Then, as with most bikes, workouts target the main muscle groups of the body. That way you get a better workout as you are really using your legs and that can give your heart and lungs a workout as well. Using the main muscles is the faster way to real progress. Riding exercise bikes burns calories much like other exercises like running and bicycling. How you burn calories depends on how hard you work, but a comfortable workout often means more calories burned and more fat lost. Then also while toning muscle you increase the rate of metabolism which is key to long term weight loss as well.

Related to coming apart is the rock and roll you get when pedaling a bike. See, exercise bike fitness results from lots of pedaling and the harder and longer you pedal, the faster you improve. The best bikes just sit there rock solid and absorb all the punishment the rider can inflict. Lesser bikes, lighter built, sway and move when the pedal force goes up. That in no way encourages more vigorous riding so what happens? Little, weak bikes get used easy and not for long. If nothing else, a wobbly bike feels like it might dump you off and who needs that?

Choosing a bike with lots of positive owner feedback also makes for a more satisfactory owner experience. Let's face it, the quality of construction of a fitness machine may not be easy to evaluate. Even looking at the bike personally can only reveal just so much. It often makes it possible to pick our obvious flaws and weaknesses but there are a number of quality problems that may no show up until some time is on the bike. That's why the ability to read owner feedback makes for a less risky purchasing experience. After all, even if you can return a bike, it's still a costly experience, at least in time, to get less of a bike than you want or need. The Schwinn 230 especially has tons of feedbacks and the 240 model though not around for as long is coming on strong with lots of owner comments as well.

If you know for sure you want a recumbent bike, that's fine. But many upright bikes offer advantages too. Plus the upright stationary exercise bikes offer more for the money. Cost of uprights with the same features is considerably less that recumbents. Then another possibility is the dual action exercise bike, like the Schwinn Air dyne bike. That's a way to get an exercise bike workout that works arms as well as legs.

What is a good recumbent exercise bike depends on your goals. Based on my experience as a twenty plus year owner of a Schwinn exercise bike, I think moderately priced Schwinn recumbent exercise bikes might be a possible choice. These bikes offer a balance between price, quality and features. What's more it's easy to find hundreds of owner comments online to help in the decision process.

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Use exercise bikes to stay in shape year around no matter what the time of year. The Schwinn recumbent bikes help you burn fat with a proven fitness machine.

Discover more tips about the newer Schwinn Airdyne Evo Comp exercise bike at another of our articles.

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