You’ve just started your exercise routine and you are really feeling good about yourself. You’ve joined your local gym and scheduled your weekly visits. You’re starting to see a little downward movement on your bathroom scale. “This could really work!”, you think to yourself…
What Happens When Life Throws You a Curve
You walk into the office and find out you have to put in some extra hours to help with a big project. Suddenly your schedule is thrown completely off. Already running on a full load you must let something slide.
The only thing flexible right now is that trip to the gym.
One of Your Co-Workers Mentions Indoor Bike Trainers and Something Called Interval Training
At lunch you overhear someone mention indoor bike trainers. What the heck is an indoor bike trainer you wonder.
Indoor bike trainers is a piece of equipment that can turn your bicycle into a stationary bike that you can ride any time inside your home.
Choosing The Best Indoor Bike Trainer
There are several types of bike trainers on the market. The one you choose depends on what you want to get out of it.
For instance the Kinetic Road Machine is the top of the line bike trainer. It comes with an unlimited lifetime warranty. You might say it is the one that fills most of your exercise needs.
If you’re looking for a more realistic ride then you might look into CycleOps fluid trainers. This trainer provides more resistance than you will ever need.
And speaking of resistance, CycleOps Magneto trainers offers progressive resistance. What this means is even less work to get that realistic ride. In other words there is no need to get off your bike to adjust the resistance levels.
How to Get the Best of Both Worlds
Mounting your bicycle to a bike trainer or riding it out side is simple and easy to accomplish. During sunny days and when time allows take your exercise program on the road.
And when time is short or weather turns nasty put your bike to work inside with your routine unhindered.
There is no need to head off to the gym every week. And you’ll even save those fees.
No need for heavy massive exercise equipment taking up space. Get your family room back.
Take your bike outside or easily transform that same bike into an indoor workout.
Exercise when you want and when the time is right. Create the perfect environment for body, mind and soul.
Add HIIT (high intensity interval training) And Rev Up Your Metabolism
What interval training allows you to do is put a strain on the systems of the body that only kick into gear when your effort is above a sustainable cardio effort. There is no way you could maintain that effort for long periods of time as in steady cardio.
But as you work out in intervals over a period of time the benefits start to add up.
An example of a HIIT Workout Looks something like this:
- 10 minutes warm-up of easy spinning.
- 10 minutes of alternating 10 seconds ‘all out’ effort with 20 seconds of easy spinning.
- 10 minutes warm-down of easy spinning.
And the benefits of this type of exercise last long after you’ve completed your routine. Your body continues burning fat for hours after you’ve stopped.
Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine. And you may want to cut your duration in half to begin with and work your way up.
A beginning routine may look something like this:
- 5 minutes warm-up of easy spinning.
- 5 minutes of alternating 5 seconds ‘all out’ effort with 10 seconds of easy spinning.
- 5 minutes warm-down of easy spinning.