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There are many short-term and long-term benefits of biking. Some people prefer to actually go biking, but for others, it is more convenient, easier, or safer to simply use an exercise or stationary bike. The great thing about the stationary bike is that you do not have to leave the safety and warmth of your own home, especially if you exercise at unusual hours of the night, live in a colder climate, or live in a city without clear, accessible bike paths and bike trails.

The first of the benefits of cycling is that it provides a good, safe cardio workout. Health experts suggest that you should do aerobic exercise at least three times a week, keeping your heart rate elevated for at least twenty minutes at a time. Using an exercise bike definitely fulfills this requirement. The second benefit of biking is muscle tone. The bike allows you to tone the muscles in your legs and thighs, and depending on the bike, even your arms. You can adjust the workout (or the programmed incline) to give your legs even more of a workout and build the muscles. The third benefit of biking is that you can warm up and cool down for weight training or more intense aerobic activity. The fourth benefit is that it's easy enough, and even low impact enough, that overweight people can begin exercising, as well as people who suffer from pain or back injuries.

There are many benefits to biking, and many different reasons to take up the stationary bike. You can begin by purchasing a bike, or using the stationary bikes at gyms, recreation centers, or even a friend's house.

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Source by Alexander Sutton