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Exercise Bikes. What are they best used for?

Exercise Bikes are increasingly in demand as the population and demographics of Auckland changes.

Riding exercise bikes works out your hamstrings, calves, hip flexors and quadriceps. …  The difference between upright stationary bikes and recumbent exercycles is that on a recumbent bike, your legs are primarily responsible for powering the machine, but on an upright bike, your core and upper body share the work load with your legs. This is an excellent way to regain or retain low impact fitness.  Plus has the added benefit of calorie burning . A half hour on a stationary bicycle helps up your daily calorie burn.

What to look for in exercise bikes:

Look to make sure there is an adjustable seat both up and down and back and forwards.

Look to see that the exercycle is stable and that you can get on and off with ease.

Sit on the exercise bikes to find one that has a comfortable seat.

 

 

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Exercise Bike versus The Recumbent Exercise Bike

The question of how an EXERCISE BIKE and a

RECUMBENT EXERCISE BIKE differ comes up often.

For those who are used to using gym equipment or who go to a gym this is probably not difficult to understand. These facilities have a range of upright bikes, recumbent bikes and often spin bikes and spin classes for the more determined cyclists.

But for others, especially those who are advised to get an exercise bike for rehabilitation, or because of an ongoing health issue I’d like to take the time to explain the difference.

Lets start with the Recumbent: A Recumbent Bike is an Exercycle which you can sit on like sitting in a chair.  It has a good supportive seat with a back on it.  This is particularly useful if you have extra support requirements while seated.

A typical  upright Exercise Bike by comparisson is probably what most of us think of when talking about exercycles.    It has  a seat similar to that which you might find on an outdoor bike and you sit upright which is particularly important for those with back issues.  This is the more common type of exercycle which you might be referred to use by a specialist after knee surgery, leg and knee injuries and if you other rehabilitation needs.

Here at fit2 run we carry all the different exercycles in stock and can guarantee that the exercise bike that we will provide for you will be steady, reliable and efficient.

Give us a call. We are sure to be able to help you.

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Exercise Equipment- why people Hire for home

Why do people choose to Hire  Exercise Equipment for  home use?

It’s always comes down to one of two things:

FITNESS or HEALTH

From our experience the main reasons people hire equipment are:

* We just want to be fit!
* But peoples  lives are often so busy now and we are often time poor so having a piece of exercise equipment at home really works time wise.
* We want to exercise but this needs to happen after getting home from work.
* Or, We have children at home and only get to exercise once the children are taken care of and are asleep.
* Or for some- particularly for the exercycle, its about rehabilitation needs and having a low impact efficient piece of exercise equipment for recovery.

Whatever the reasons it’s a great option for many.

Whatever your particular reason for looking to hire a piece of exercise equipment we at fit2run are happy to help you and to give you expert advice so that renting home exercise equipment is easy and effective. We are here to help you.

Call or email us today  on 09 281 3541, or info@fit2run.co.nz

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The EXERCISE BIKE – PEDALING FOR FITNESS

The EXERCISE BIKE is often considered  an option for home fitness routines.  Why are they so popular?

(Consumer 2014) noted that  cycling provides  both a convenient cardiovascular workout as well as an excellent low impact option for home exercise maintenance.

In fact experts  go on to say that  the Exercise Bike is a powerful tool to help you improve your fitness level.  And that even  a short sessions can be beneficial, according to numerous studies.

Sometimes called stationary bikes the exercise bike provides the cardiovascular benefits of pedaling a bicycle without going outside.  It has the advantage of cycling without the traffic, the uneven road surfaces, and the weather.

It has the added advantage of getting an effective aerobic workout with minimal joint strain.  This is very important for many who are recovering from a previous injury, surgery or muscular weakness.

There are THREE MAIN STYLES of  exercycle re:

The Upright bike,

The  “spin” bike

and The Recumbent.

They all have different advantages and styles for cycling which we can discus with you if you are unclear as to the best option for your home fitness routine.

At fit2run we stock  all of the above exercycles in our  equipment range and can advise you on the best option for your needs.  Call us to arrange exercise bike hire or to   discuss your best options.

Phone  Auckland  09 281 3541.

 

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EXERCISE BIKES – NEW IN OUR STOCK TODAY

We have just added some new EXERCISE BIKES to our stock for rental, hire or purchasing.

Exercise bikes remain one of the best products for  rental equipment. We at fit2run are very particular about the quality of our exercycles.

First and foremost we recognise the importance of making sure the exercycles are easy to use, adjustable, comfortable and particularly well balanced. There is nothing worse than getting on and off a bike and finding that it is unstable!

As  fitness equipment experts we know what people need when it comes to  exercise bikes and what to suggest that will meet your needs.

 

We are alway very happy to have a good chat to our customers and this is so important when it comes to making sure you are going to get what is the right piece of fitness equipment for your needs and for your safety.

This is particularly important if you are using something like an exercise bike after some sort of injury or surgery. We assist many people who are looking at knee replacements and post operative recovery.

If you are interested to talk a little more with us feel free to call us any time  and we will talk you through the different options for rent or sale.

 

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Your Home Fitness Equipment Spring Routine

SPRING has arrived and with it the momentum to get fit and  sort out your Home Fitness Equipment workout. 

It won’t be too long now until the season we all look forward to –  summer – which is just around the corner.

The question for Spring is what sort of home fitness equipment is best going to work for you to get yourself in good shape for summer – and look stunning in that swimsuit or in that lycra gear!

The Treadmill is ever popular particularly with the unpredictable spring weather and its tendency to rain and prevent outside training.  It gives you good opportunity to keep up the mileage and the walking or jogging through these months and to be ready for  the summer.

Or, if you are like many of us rowers who can’t wait to be out paddling there is the option of hiring of a rowing machine - More and more we can see paddling becoming a water activity many choose.  Not only with the school teams who are in full swing preparing for the Mardi competition, but also all the paddle boarders out there on our glorious harbour.  Auckland has one of the best harbours for these sort of activities, which is no surprise given how stunning and accessible our harbour is.

Then there is the Exercise bike – such a good training option for those who love  cycling and can’t get out on the road or trails as they will in the summer months.

Fit2run has just added new exercycles to the fleet either for rental or purchase.

Whatever your personal exercise routine is, make sure to keep up the fitness for the summer season ahead, and if  at fit2run we can help by getting you going we will be very happy to assist.

Call us on 09 281 3541 if you would like further information on our great range of equipment.

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How Do I Exercise After Knee Surgery?

A common request is to provide the right fitness equipment for recovery after knee or hip surgery or injury. Many specialists will suggest that you hire an exercycle.

The reason for this is due to the low impact gentle exercise that an exercycle provides during the rehabilitation stages. It is important to have the right exercycle which is going to provide you with maximum benefit and support the rehabilitation program.

We are happy to discuss individual needs and equipment with you at any time and have provided many clients with great options for their rehabilitation programs.

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What is the Most Popular Home Fitness Equipment?

The most popular choice of fitness equipment from our experience is the treadmill. Generally the smaller treadmill in our range is the most common choice. Following this would be the rowing machines and the exercycles. Rowing machines are popular as an all round workout as are the Cross Trainers. Exercycles are popular for low impact exercise and are particularly useful when recovering from surgery or injury and where low impact low resistance is required.

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Renting an Exercycle: What to Look For

What do I look for when renting an exercycle?

For some people the key point of interest is how comfortable the seat is, and this is quite valid! The exercycle needs to be comfortable to cycle on, easy to use and perform well. An exercycle needs to be able to fit your size and your weight so if you are very short or tall it needs to be adjustable. If you have had some injury or surgery you may have some restricted movement. It’s important that you can get on and off the bike and manage any stepping through the bike if the model of bike requires this.

Exercycles are a great way to get fit.

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Use an Exercycle to Aid Knee Rehabilitation

The exercycle provides your thighs (Quadriceps) rehabilitation while controlling the stresses to the knee ligaments.

With Pedaling on the exercycle, forces are applied to the ligaments, and the posterior structures of the knee joint as the knee is tilted. The knee muscles can modify their forces as a result you biuld strength without doing harm

Therefore, by controlling the mode of cycling with varying seat heights and pedal positions, the ligaments can be relieved from these forces during the initial stages of the rehabilitation process.

An exercise routine on the exercycle will help to build the strength in the muscles that support the knee joint, as a result you will gain more strength and mobility.

We have exercycles available at $12 per week for a 12 week term that are just perfect for knee rehabilitation purposes.

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See Our Tips on YouTube Our YouTube Channel

At fit2run we are committed to making fitness equipment hire and service easy. Enjoy these youtube presentations in which we guide you through:

  1. How to Choose a Treadmill
  2. Treadmill Belt Maintenance
  3. Understanding Error Codes on Treadmills
  4. How to Tension a Treadmill Belt

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