Interactive exercise bikes are gaining in popularity at fitness centers around the world. These bikes allow you to play computer games while steering and directing your avatar through virtual worlds.
Designed to divert your attention, interactive exercise bikes offer variety of activities that can take your mind off your workout. Boredom is one of the biggest threats to regular exercise, and anything that can help take the edge off that boredom is a step in the right direction. If you find exercise boring or exhausting, start using an interactive exercise cycle.
There are many benefits you can get from riding a stationary bike. People with joint problems may want to try riding a stationary bike instead of running, as a low impact way to stay in shape. Riding a stationary bike does not put a lot of strain on the knees and lower back like running does.
If you want to get started, there is a number of options available. The first option to consider is purchasing an off the shelf interactive bike. The second option is getting an interactive bike kit.
Expresso Bike: The bike offers a built-in LCD screen loaded with interactive cycling routes, games and social networking capabilities. The bikes are very well constructed, however they are expensive. Try it out before you commit to spend thousands of dollars.
Cyber ExerCycle: If you already own a stationary bike, consider retrofitting your old stationary bike into an interactive exercise bike by using a PC game controller kit. The game controller turns any stationary cycle into an interactive exercise bike. It detects pedal motion and sends them into the PC. Since the device interfaces to a regular PC, you are no longer restricted by the game selection provided by the bike manufacturer. There is a huge selection of driving and racing games, RPG, first person shooter games as well as cycling simulation software, many of them available free of charge. Clearly this is a much lower cost solution, however it does require some setup.
If you’re a gamer at heart and you’re looking for a way to get motivated for exercise, you just might want to consider trying an interactive bike. Always remember, before you ride a stationary exercise bike, do some light stretching to loosen up. Gradually start to increase your speed as you ride the bike. And finally, follow all safety precautions as indicated by the manufacturer of the exercise equipment.