There are many ways to get that ripped, healthy body that you’ve always dreamed of. And no, there’s no shortcut (excluding plastic surgery, of course). But beyond losing weight and burning calories, exercise is good for you, especially in this “automated” world of today. Almost every single thing is automated; from doing the laundry
to even brushing your teeth
It’s not that we are ungrateful to science and technology for the many ways they make our lives easier. But, truth be told, with the rapid progress and improvements made in technology, the average human is doing less and less with his or her body (aside from stuffing it full of all those tasty treats).
If we do not make the deliberate effort to exercise the body regularly, we might actually wake up one bright morning to see that the robots have taken over! This is because exercise not only helps you lose weight and keep fit; it also helps your vital organs function excellently. It even helps your mind too. When you work out, your mind is challenged to keep pushing beyond its limits. The discipline and self-control that come from enduring a workout session is an advantage to the mind.
It translates that to positive energy that reflects in your work and the time you spend with your family. It expresses itself in that clear-headedness with which you approach your daily routine, however choked it may be. It reflects in sharp thinking, swift and analytical observation, and ultimately that brilliant, on-your-feet decision you make at a board meeting.
There are many ways to get a good workout, whether at the local gym or your own personal gym
. And one of the great ways of doing that is using an air bike. An air bike is a fine choice on many counts: it is inexpensive, it gives you a full body workout, and it is low maintenance.
So, how is an air bike actually designed to work out your upper and lower body simultaneously? Unlike normal indoor stationary bikes, the air bike features movable handles. So, as you move the handles, you get an upper body workout. Pedaling the bike not only exercises your lower body; it also provides the air resistance that the air bike uses to get the job of exercising your body done.
The harder you pedal, the more the air resistance, and then the harder you have to pedal again, and the resistance builds up and you have to pedal some more, and… you get the picture now. Good. So, ultimately, you keep pushing yourself and you burn more calories while your heart pumps more too. We all know it’s a good thing when the heart does that.
Using an air bike might prove to be hard work at the beginning, but what good, result-yielding habit isn’t? The benefits of the air bike are immense and, in the end, it pays off and actually becomes enjoyable.
As you might have guessed, an air bike, as with gym equipment in general, doesn’t come cheap. So, forget the idea of a cheap air bike. A cheap air bike will not help you achieve the body of your dreams at all. Most are noisy, not durable, do not provide enough air resistance, or may even provide too much. In the end, it defeats the entire purpose of getting an air bike.
That said; if you’re going to get yourself a good, affordable air bike, you should be looking at something around $90 at least. A luxury air bike, with the full works and then some, might run close to, or slightly more than, $900. Anything in between this price range works normally, giving you the basic workout. With unique touches and accessories by the manufacturer, comes an expected rise in price, as you might have already figured out.
There are quite a number of things to keep in mind when the idea to purchase an air bike pops into your head. You might want to grab a notepad and a pen and make a potential checklist. So, if you’re ready, the features are listed here:
- Purpose of your Workout
- Seat Adjustments
- Fan Size/Resistance
Let’s take a quick look at all of these features in detail.
Construction and Design
The construction and design can either help or hinder your workout, so take a look at all the options you can chose from!
- Footrests - A newer (you can also read “more expensive”) model usually comes with foot rests, allowing you to kick your feet up and work your upper body instead. But an older model will most likely not afford you that luxury. So you have to keep on pedaling whether or not you feel like it. Don’t pout. At least you get a full-body workout every time. And your doctor will be proud of you.
- Handlebars - Moving on, (unlike the footrests) the handlebars are constantly in motion. Although you can’t stop them altogether, some air bikes can change the air resistance to concentrate on working out different areas of your body. The handlebars can also come with different features to make your workout more comfortable; such as an easy-grip shape or foam covered bars.
- Consoles - Air bikes generally come with consoles where you can see the statistics of what’s going on in your workout session. So, you can be sure that you’re actually achieving something and not just sweating like one of Santa’s reindeers. Wait, do those guys actually sweat? Anyway, the console of your bike and what it displays really comes down to how much you paid for your bike. And yes, it’s always about the money. Sorry. A basic console will track time, burned calories, distance covered, etc. They aren’t usually backlit but, in good light, their surface areas are wide enough to read values quite easily. If you part with a few more bucks, you can actually get a bike with a console that allows you to set goals and factor in intervals.
- Seat - Some people struggle to find bike seats comfortable; but don’t worry, you’ve got lucky with this choice of air bikes as most of them have adjustable seats for people of all different heights. There are also designs that have extra padded or high density foam on the seat so you won’t get any aces and pains during your work out…well, apart from the usual!
PS: Some people say you can get padding for your seat to make sitting less treacherous for your tushy.
Performance and Ease of Use
Here are a few quick tips that might come in handy for newbies to the air bike. Once you’re in place with your feet on the pedals and holding the handles start to pedal. Don’t start pedaling full-throttle immediately. Start slow and build up like a Kenyan marathoner. Be sure to move the handlebars as you pedal to work out your upper body. Then, as you begin to get the hang of it, increase your speed according to your abilities.
It’s your “bikedom” and you are king. Don’t push yourself too much. The fan will always respond to you or, more appropriately, your pedaling. So, stay in control. Be in charge. Continue the workout for 20 - 60 minutes, as your strength permits. Remember to listen to your body and take any breaks that you need; happy pedaling!
Now that you have the hang of riding, you don't need to be a mechanic to keep your air bike working smoothly, but do yourself a favor and pick features that will be simple for you to maintain.
- Drive - Like a normal bike, your bike will definitely come with a drive: either a belt or a chain. And this translates to two distinct kinds of experiences. With the chain, you get more noise, probably a slight vibe on the pedals, and some kind of regular maintenance, such as lubrication approximately every two months. Belts, on the other hand, are more expensive, provide smoother rides with less noise, and require less maintenance. But when they stretch, and start to slip (and they all do eventually), a specialist will be required to replace them.
- Fan - Now to the fan. The fan does not produce as much air as a whirlwind or tornado, no matter how hard you pedal. It’s usually a gentle breeze that even cools you down as you work out. As mentioned earlier, the fan produces resistance to give you a tougher work out, one air bike even boasts unlimited resistance for those who want to be pushed to their limit.
- Noise - Finally, you should know that air bikes are noisy but it’s not necessarily “mob-action” noise however it’s there. The faster the wheel turns, the more noise you’ll generate. Unless the fan is bad, it shouldn’t make more noise than your normal fan at its highest speed.
- Extras - Not many air bikes come set with all the accessories, however there are some that come with a bottle holder, a reading rack or a wind guard. However if the bike you want doesn’t come with these, you can buy them separately and add them on.
When it comes to the best, only you can decide for yourself. Now that you’ve gotten some inside information from our buying guide, you are definitely in a better position to make a choice. Each individual has different needs when “keeping fit” comes to mind, so pick which “fits” you the best after going through this review.
We hope you’ve become better-informed with respect to choosing the right air bike. But in the unlikely event that you didn’t find something that fits you perfectly, remember that this review is just a glimpse of what these brands have in store for you. Now go ahead and buy with the confidence of a well-informed person.