Should seniors use exercise bikes?
If you’re a senior in good health, nothing should hold you back from using an exercise bike, so go for it! You’ll quickly see the many positive effects it can have on your health.
Turn back the clock with regular exercise
It’s a fact: regularly cardio training has a lot of positive effects on your health. An endurance sport will help you to slim down and tone up, reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems and diabetes, and even improving your mood. Cardio can also effectively limit bad cholesterol when combined with a healthy diet.
These are advantages at any age. But seniors can reap other important benefits from regular physical activity, which is the best way to maintain muscle mass, as well as bone density1. This is so essential to people over 50, whose muscle mass tends to decrease while bones become more fragile, especially due to osteoporosis. We know today that to strengthen your bones, it’s not enough to simply take calcium supplements. You also need to exercise regularly!
Need another reason to work out? How about this: it helps to maintain or even improve joint mobility, delay the development of joint disorders, and stimulate the strengthening of your ligaments and tendons. Regular exercise really is the key to staying mobile and pain-free.
Exercise bikes: get the most from your workout
Workouts that emphasise endurance are the best way for seniors to remain independent and without the need to move into an assisted care home. That’s why the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that people over 65 perform 150 minutes of moderate-intensity endurance activity (or half that for a higher-intensity workout) per week2.
For seniors who have kept up their routine over the years, this recommendation is easy to follow. For those who have gradually become more sedentary, it may be a little frightening to start up an exercise regimen again. But for this, there’s a simple solution: use an exercise bike.
First reason: a home fitness device helps you to enjoy all the benefits of exercise in the comfort of your home, conforming to your schedule. This makes it easier to spread the 150 minutes of activity throughout the week - in daily 30-minute sessions, for example. Second reason: the exercise bike is a very versatile device that you can use regardless of your age and level of training. Unlike many athletic activities, an exercise bike generates minimum impact and is very easy on the joints. Third reason: you can precisely adjust an exercise bike’s resistance, adapting it to the needs of beginners just as well as serious athletes. You’ll regain confidence in your abilities, staying fit and alert while minimizing your risk of injury.
Saddle up on an exercise bike
When you start exercising again after a period of inactivity, you need to take some precautions based on your individual situation. More than your age, it’s your level of athleticism and the length of your sedentary lifestyle that are major factors.
Ideally, before starting on a training programme, you should get a complete medical checkup. If you’re a total beginner, it’s a good idea to ask for some tips before starting on an exercise bike.
While there are exceptions to any rule, seniors are generally more "fragile,” especially when they are sedentary. To avoid injury risk, seniors need to choose a quality, reliable and comfortable exercise bike that will keep them engaged in their routine over the long term.
NordicTrack offers a wide range of exercise bikes grouped into 3 principal styles that meet all needs:
- Classic Series exercise bikes comprise all the features needed for a completely safe and perfectly comfortable workout.
- Recumbent Series exercise bikes have an ergonomic seat with a backrest for extra back support, so users can pedal while sitting comfortably. They are recommended for people suffering from back problems. Just one thing to keep in mind: recumbent bikes don’t provide an upper body workout.
- Racing Series bikes, for those who wish to capture the same feeling as a road bike. Offering the same seat and handlebar position as an outdoor bike, racing bikes are geared more towards speed and performance training.
You just need to choose the NordicTrack model that will help you to keep active and fit for many years to come!
1 Site « Mon ostéoporose », de Cherry For Life Science,
2 « Global recommendations on physical activity for health, WHO websiteé