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Your Living Room Becomes Your Gym With an Exercise Bike

You don't have the time or inclination to go to the gym, but you want to work out and stay healthy. An exercise bike is the solution that brings low-impact cardio to your home. Choose the features that will tailor your workouts to your specifications, and browse a range of price points to find the bike that fits in your budget. You'll be riding stationary in no time at all.

Upright Bikes and Recumbent Bikes

To mimic the feel of sitting astride a cycle and blazing down the streets, choose a traditional exercise bike. Exercise equipment companies like Proform make upright bikes that have you leaning over the handlebars as though you're racing the Tour de France. In these setups, the seat is directly over the pedals. You can adjust the seat and the handlebar height to fit your body.

Recumbent bikes put you in a seated position, with your back supported like you're in a chair. The pedals extend in front of you, so your legs move forward instead of down to reach them. If you have back problems, posture issues, or joint pain, a recumbent bike is the best choice. Recumbent bikes are extremely easy on your joints and encourage you to sit with good posture instead of hunching over the bike's handlebars. Pedal as hard as you can to get that cardio in without straining other parts of your body.

Low-Cost Options and Extra Features

To turn an existing bicycle into a stationary bike, get a bike training kit. It will keep your bike steady so you can sit on it and pedal without moving. Orbit striders and floor pedal systems are another low-cost option. You sit in a chair and put your feet in the pedals of these small machines. They lack calorie burn information or exercise programs, but they work just fine for making you sweat.

Make your at-home gym a fuller experience by getting a recumbent bike with other features. At JCPenney, you'll find recumbent bikes that transform into rowing machines. Work your upper and lower body with just a few machine changes. Whatever exercise bikes strike your fancy, you'll find an array of options in JCPenney's online store.

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