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Exercise Bikes in Iowa

Iowa MapHeart attacks, lung disease, high cholesterol - these are just a few of the chronic diseases that threaten Iowa residents today. Thanks to modern medicine, symptoms of these diseases can be partly alleviated, but according to the old adage, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What can a person in Iowa do to prevent chronic disease?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise each week goes a long way when it comes to increasing health and preventing chronic disease. Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart, which in turn significantly lowers blood pressure and regulates cholesterol levels. Riding an exercise bike for 30 minutes each day is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise.

Several types of exercise bikes are available. The recumbent bike has a large, chair-like seat that supports the back and offers increased stability. Since the rider is in a reclining position, the weight is evenly distributed over a larger area. The seat provides lumbar support, and pedals are located in front of the rider. The recumbent exercise bike is ideal for people who experience back problems, are more than 50 pounds overweight, or suffer from arthritis. This type of exercise bike exerts very little stress on the spine, joints and limbs.

Upright bikes are just as the name implies; a cyclist sits upright on a padded, saddle-style seat and uses pedals that are directly underneath the body. The hands are positioned in front of the rider. Cycling experts say upright bikes may work the gluteal muscles better than recumbent bikes, since the rider can fully extend the hips through the cycle.

Exercise bikes come with a broad array of built-in functions. Some have arm movement attachments that allow the rider to work the arms to build tone and increase workout intensity. Others offer built-in fans to keep the cyclist cool, speakers with iPod connectivity, and wireless heart-rate monitors with built-in workout programs. Regardless of a rider's preferences, there is an exercise bike with the desired functions.

Exercise bikes are an ideal choice for Iowa residents when it comes to taking charge of personal health and fitness.

 

Biking through the winter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. (KCRG) - "I commute all year so it's not uncommon that there are cars sliding all over the place, spinning their tires and here I am just putting right through on my bike ... you a...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:25:00 GMT



College basketball: Iowa beats Northwestern on late shot from Bohannon

IOWA CITY - When you're playing the 13th ... Wieskamp has been nursing a sore back and spent a lot of time on an exercise bike when he was out of the game Sunday in an effort to stay loose.

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 02:00:00 GMT



Joe Wieskamp Probable, Nicholas Baer Questionable for Rutgers Game

unable to sit down and riding the exercise bike when he came out of the contest. Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, they weren't scheduled to play during the week. Their next game is Saturday at Rutgers (5 ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:35:00 GMT



Touring Iowa by bicycle - the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa

That seven-day ride in 1999 is considered one of hardest in the 45 years of the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride ... sort of exercise - and if I could survive that" I introduced former S-R circulatio...

Published:  Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:17:00 GMT



Pedaling restores brain connections for Parkinson's patients

The study started when a researcher and a Parkinson's patient rode a tandem bike. In 2003, Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D., neuroscientist at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland rode a t...

Published:  Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:28:00 GMT



Investigation continues in fatal bike crash

Ribeiro-Sulentic was riding her bike west on Old Highway 20/160th Street at about 6:20 a.m. when she was struck from behind by a westbound sport utility vehicle driven by Dustin Hughson, 30, of Grundy ...

Published:  Thu, 09 Jun 2011 09:13:00 GMT



What Parkinson's Teaches Us About the Brain

Why forced exercise would have a greater effect on brain functioning ... chance to be active participants in their own treatment." He plans to return to the Iowa bike event next summer, as a represent...

Published:  Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:00:00 GMT



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Messenger photo by Joe Sutter REC Associate Director Matt Hanson demonstrates how the new fitness bikes light up when used. Each of the REC's locations - downtown, at Iowa Central Community ... out me...

Published:  Sun, 03 Feb 2019 15:12:00 GMT



Shirley Y. Randall

Shirley stayed active, riding her exercise bike every day, up until just the last couple of months. Survivors include her daughters, Randi Meseck of Ute, Iowa, and Shelley (Ken) Stallons of Moorhead, ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:00:00 GMT



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