However, in order to see change, one must work out an intensity that will affect some change in the body. You must bike at a pace where sweating is taking place and you are slightly out of breath. If you are not doing this, you are not working out hard enough.
5 Tips That Will Help You Have An Effective Stationary Bike Workout
1. How to set up your bike
You want to set up your bike properly. If the seat is too high or too low, it could cause you to become injured. Watch this video below on adjusting your seat. The video talks about people with knee pain but the bike adjustment works for everyone. If you have a spin bike, click on this link. For recumbent bike owners, go here.
2. Warm-up before your workout
You must warm-up on the bike, start pedaling at a slower pace and at a lower intensity for about three to five minutes. After that time period, you can crank up the speed and the intensity. The warm up prepares your body for a more vigorous workout.
3. Avoid bike boredom
If you find riding the bike boring, try working out to your favorite music, podcast or television program. However, you have to make sure you are working out at a moderate or hard intensity. You can track this by exercising at your target heart rate. Read my article on How Hard Should I Exercise
4. Cool-down and stretch
Just don't jump of your bike at the end of your workout, bike at a slower pace and lighter intensity like in the warm up. It will help you bring body back to its resting state and help you from passing out due to the blood pooling in your legs after suddenly stopping your workout. After getting off your bike, you must stretch. Check out this video for the top five stretches to do after a ride.
5. Take your workout outdoors
There is nothing like biking on a bike trail. If you have a bicycle, try riding your bike outside but make sure you wear a bike helmet. I love the summer because that is the time I ride along the lakefront in Chicago. I also do organized bike rides in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Google bike rides near your town.
As you can see, you can lose you belly from riding your stationary bike, just make sure you follow the tips I advised above. I recommend you check out these two posts because you have made up your mind to start utilizing your stationary bike.