For any cyclist, there’s a guarantee that, at some point or another, they will feel that heat in their thighs while cycling. That’s a sign that they’re getting a good work-out. It’s common knowledge that cycling has health benefits, after all. Many people looking to improve, or maintain, their fitness levels, however, choose to go to the gym, as opposed to cycle on the road. But why? Are the two options the same or are they different?
When people walk into the gym, they typically head over to the cardio machines. They’re an essential part of the beginning of any workout, both in fat-loss and muscle-building routines. It’s important to warm up your body before you continue with the remainder of your workout. Some people opt for the treadmill, while others choose something with more high-intensity. Most people, however, choose an exercise bike.
The debate over which is more effective: an exercise bike or an actual bicycle, continues. Some make the case for an exercise bike, arguing that it’s a more intense exercise, while others say that real bikes offer a more natural workout. The fact is that each comes with its own pros and cons. While it’s difficult to name a clear winner, you can be educated into choosing one or the other.
The pros of road bikes
Cycling enthusiasts perceive real bikes as classics. While tradition has its place, it would be closed-minded to ignore the benefits of exercise bikes for that reason alone. It isn’t as if there aren’t any cons of real bikes. Let’s begin, however, by looking at the positives.
Exercise bikes are great for exercising your legs. The purpose of these bikes is to provide a strenuous workout for your buttocks and thighs. Your upper body, therefore, won’t get much of a workout. So, you’ll have to engage in other exercises for your upper body because it isn’t enough to simply tone your legs.
Road bikes tone both your upper and lower body. While the emphasis remains on your legs, you will be exercising your whole body as you will be using it to sit or stand to reduce or gain speed, streamline yourself, and maintain balance. Further, you will be getting a mentally tough workout, all of which will contribute towards burning calories.
If you’re at the gym with a particular target in mind, there’s a chance that you’ll finish earlier than expected. You’ll likely find yourself more inclined to tire faster than when cycling on the road. It isn’t because of your body, which could probably go on for some time, in fact. It’s actually your mind that’s having trouble remaining stimulated.
When cycling outside, however, you’ll be engaging in pretty much the same workout (at times, an even harder one) but you’ll have things to keep your mind occupied, such as life in general and the scenery all around you. It’s common to get bored while on an exercise bike, which can result in your brain wanting to do more.