THE BENEFITS OF CHAIR BIKING
Chair biking is surprisingly challenging. One minute of high-intensity chair biking offers many health benefits. When adding biking into your regular exercise routine, people may gain endurance and even lower their blood pressure or blood sugar.
A study in the New York Times, from 2014, studied 14 overweight and sedentary men and women who said lack of time was their reason for not exercising. The subjects biked one minute three times a week. They even did some stretching and simple movements for 30 minutes a week. After six weeks, their endurance, blood pressure, weight, and blood sugar levels have improved by an average of 12%. Outdoor biking has an added benefit of being environmentally friendly, and also mood-elevating.
To bike indoors, sit in a chair with arms and lean back. Rest your head on the back of the chair. Scoot your hips and buttocks towards the front of the chair. Place your arms on the arms of the chair or on the seat if you do not have arms. Lift your feet an inch or two off of the floor and begin pedaling as if you’re riding a bike. This is also a great abdominal workout as well.