We’ve heard it time and again, the working millennial trying to squeeze in a workout for the day, or even for just a week. But it’s either the schedule is too tight or the motivation is low. Sometimes, the workout buddy isn’t available or the gym’s about to close. Or most times, it’s having slept late at night or getting preoccupied with texting a crush. There’s always an excuse to start for someone whose “why” to exercise isn’t that compelling of a reason. After all, exercise is good for the health but not a necessity like water or food to remain alive.
If you want, however, to live a better quality of life, exercise has many benefits for both your physical and mental health. You don’t even have to muster the will to go outside for a sweat session. You can be right at home starting slow with an exercise that’s only going to take around 10 to 25 minutes of your day.
One way is through the stationary bike. Unlike biking outdoors, you won’t have to deal with varying temperatures, slippery roads, or other dangerous terrains. You can be in an airconditioned room, watching television or blasting music while you pedal your way to happiness. Here are some benefits you’ll enjoy if you regularly exercise on a stationary bike.
Benefits of Using a Stationary Bike
1. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
Regularly exercising on the bike is an endurance activity to promote good heart health. It keeps the heart pumping and the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body improving. When you regularly exercise, you are less likely to have a stroke.
It also lessens the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. When you engage in cardiovascular exercise such as cycling, your muscles use the glucose that lowers your body’s overall blood sugar level. Diabetes is also linked to obesity so exercising regularly will help maintain your weight or even shed off some pounds.
2. Boosts and uplifts mood
Cycling releases the body’s endorphins or what are commonly called happy hormones. This exercise is an instant mood booster and will help reduce anxiety.
3. Increase life expectancy
Exercise strengthens the immune system. Cycling strengthens the heart, lungs, and muscles so doing it regularly may help increase one’s life expectancy.
4. Burn calories
If you want to lose some weight, stationary bikes can help you burn calories and fat. Set the intensity level of your bike based on your fitness goal.
5. Strengthen the lower body
Not only will it help you lose weight, the stationary bike guarantees toned legs, thighs, and buttocks. If you add twists to your routine such as using handlebars and lowering or raising the saddle, you may also work out your arms and core.
6. Improves range of motion of the joints
Cycling can be a light exercise for those recovering from a joint injury or those who are at a later age and want to move their bodies. Clearance from the doctor is still needed.
8. Boosts brain functionality
Studies show that pedaling improves a person’s cognitive functions, memory, focus, and attention. For work efficiency, use a stationary bike to wake up that brain.
Benefits of a Desk Bike
A stationary bike is used for exercise while a desk bike’s main purpose is to provide an ergonomic solution for those working at home who want to be more efficient. Here are some benefits from using a desk bike while working:
1. Improves productivity
Pedaling the desk bike while working helps people stay alert, awake, and focused with the task on hand.
2. Lessens fidgety gestures/mannerisms
If you can’t sit or stand still, the desk bike helps in releasing that energy for you to stop fidgeting or disturbing your other officemates.
3. Helps in staying active
For those with busy schedules, a desk bike will at least help you squeeze in a workout while working and without taking any time away from your priorities. And again, exercise, even just 15 minutes a day in 12 years, will also promote better cardiovascular health.
4. Burns calories
It doesn’t burn calories as much as a full-blown workout but it still does as compared to not having any exercise at all for the week.
Flexispot Desk Bikes
Offering ergonomic solutions for 20 years and counting, Flexispot has desk bikes available in its catalog including these three: the Sit2Go 2-in-1 Fitness Chair, the Home office All-in-One Desk Bike/Bike Workstation V9, and the Under Desk Bike V9U.
The Sit2Go 20in-1 fitness chair and all-in-one desk bike have similar features: a height-adjustable seat and a supportive seat cushion. They also both have a calorie tracker and a whistle-friendly pedaling system. The difference is that the SIT2GO has a breathable mesh backrest not seen in the All-in-one Desk bike or the V9 pro. The latter has a spacious desktop attached to the chair while the former has none.
The Under Desk Bike V9U is the all-in-one desk bike without the spacious desktop attached. It has rolling caster wheels so that the bike can be easily moved around the workspace. If you get tired of pedaling, you can always grab another chair and set aside the bike chair in a corner.
Many have attested to how much they’ve been loving the desk bikes from Flexispot. All units are easy to install and just take around two minutes to finish assembling upon arrival of the delivery. The height is adjustable and the resistance levels challenge a person’s exercise level.
There’s always going to be a reason why we can’t exercise but if we set the conditions right, we’ll be able to inject movement into our everyday life.