On your bike – 10 advantages of having exercise equipment at home

This week I got a new exercise bike because my old one broke and couldn’t be repaired.

I have a desk job and spend a lot of my time sitting at my laptop – even more when you take into consideration time for the blog and my studies.

I enjoy going for walks, but I need something a bit more challenging to get the heart rate going, and also for it to be something that I can do on my own.

We already had the cross-trainer, so now the new bike has been put alongside it to replace the broken one.

I wasn’t looking for a lot of added functions on the bike because many of them are things that I can’t use. Anything electrical is not useful because I can’t operate the touch-screen to use the programmes. So I needed a basic one, but also not the absolute cheapest, because past experience has shown you often get what you pay for – and a cheaper one is not economical if it breaks and you have to replace it!

If you like going to the gym, I’m not here to stop you! Everyone should do what works for them. But here are 10 reasons why I like having exercise equipment at home.

  1. Saving time – I put my exercise sessions into my diary like meetings that I have to attend. Then I just need to add in a few minutes to change, and time for a shower afterwards, but I don’t need to build in time getting to and from the gym.
  2. Any time of the day – it doesn’t matter if it’s dark outside or not the safest time to travel. I can work out in the middle of the night if I feel like it! I usually don’t, but the option’s there, whereas most gyms are shut at this time.
  3. Always good weather – unlike if you’re going out for a bike ride or a run, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing. Whether it’s windy, rainy, or the roads are dangerous with ice – it doesn’t matter. Conditions are always good inside!
  4. Hygiene – if it’s not clean, then there’s only one person to blame! But I do enjoy working out in a place where there haven’t been lots of other hot and sweaty bodies!
  5. Cost – there is an initial outlay because you have to buy the equipment, but once you’ve made this investment, there are no additional charges. You don’t have to think about whether you’re getting the best out of your gym membership or whether you’re getting your money’s worth.
  6. No annoying background music – you can listen to whatever you want to at home. For me, it’s usually music, a podcast or an audio book. But I don’t have to think about anyone else’s taste in music or background noise being too loud.
  7. Accessibility – I can’t access the displays on my equipment. If I want to use a timer or measure my steps, I use my phone. But in terms of actually using the equipment, we’ve chosen things that aren’t operated by a touch screen. The bike has a manual adjustment knob if you want to make it more difficult. So I don’t have to worry about equipment that can only be used when sighted assistance is around. In terms of cycling, I’m not reliant on a tandem front rider – although I do enjoy tandem cycling when I get the chance.
  8. It doesn’t matter what other people are doing – nobody is watching me. Nobody sees if I take a break! I don’t have to watch anyone else showing off!
  9. You don’t have to set up the equipment every time – the bike is set up for a short person, which means I don’t have to readjust it each time or do a flying leap just to get into the saddle! Ok, S might use the equipment too, but he generally puts things back to how I had them or doesn’t change them at all. This isn’t the case with equipment in a public place.
  10. No excuses – it’s much harder to find excuses not to do exercise when all you have to do is go to a room in your house! I try to get in there each week day. Occasionally I still don’t make it – especially if I have a tight deadline or a day with back-to-back meetings, but there’s much less that stands in the way of exercising at home, which increases the chance of it actually getting done!

Of course there are some disadvantages – the main ones for me are not actually moving anywhere and not getting out into the fresh air. Some people may struggle for space too, because these things do take up room.

But it’s a way I can be sure that I get regular exercise. For me, that makes it worth the investment!

How about you? Do you have any exercise equipment at home, do you prefer going to the gym, or do you get your exercise in some other way? Let me know in the comments.

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5 thoughts on “On your bike – 10 advantages of having exercise equipment at home”

  1. I am rubbish with formal exercise. I walk every day for a minimum of an hour with my dog, but dont do anything “formal” I used to have horses, and I used to play netball for the County, so was always very active, but as I have gotten older, Iv gotten more sedentary! Its not good. I do try to incorporate hills into my walk so my heart rate increases. I should take a leaf out of your book and schedule it in!

    Kerry
    http://www.kerrylifeandloves.com

  2. I used to own an exercise back one time and had it in the living room. I made space for it and at the time then I used to watch a bit of TV, so sometimes I be on that while watching TV. I sold it though later to make room, as some changes were happening which meant there wasn’t going to be room. I miss it.

    Now I do plenty of walking and I make sure I really put a spurt on at times to get the heart pumping.
    I hope to go jogging after having the urge to do it. But with things that cropped up as I blogged about, meant it kind of took a back seat. But it’s not a never. I will still plan to do it.

  3. Home equipment really can have a lot of benefits, you’ve covered them well. Glad you’re happy with the replacement bike! I used to have one, then with slightly dodgy knees and my health going down the pan (plus a distinct lack of space, where I totally obstructed getting to my wardrobe by cramming it in my room!) I sold it. I would really like one of those cross-trainers though, I’ve always thought they look quite fun. And yep, you can do what you want, listen to what you want, and suit yourself when you’re on your own bike in your own home, even if that means eating a cheese toasty while cycling! 😉
    Caz xx

    1. You can get foldable ones if you’re pushed for space, but I don’t think you can get foldable cross-trainers – at least I haven’t seen one.

      When I had my knee injury last year, I had to stay out of the fitness area for a while, which was annoying – but there was nothing I could do. In the end, the bike was a bit easier than the cross trainer because I wasn’t putting my full weight on the injured leg.Everyone needs to be safe though, so I’m not trying to give anyone advice 🙂

      Munching on a toastie while cycling? I guess it’s safer than doing that on a real bike 😀
      Kirsty X

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