Depending on your current fitness levels you may get some cardio and aerobic improvements from a mini exercise bike workout. Bear in mind these bikes are not built for people like Lance Armstrong, rather they are best suited for individuals who want to simulate walking exercise. The reason you can’t use them for high intensity workouts is that they just aren’t stable enough. Having said that, if you have done no meaningful fitness work they can gently bring you to an improved level of fitness over time but unlike a machine like a treadmill or exercise bike you couldn’t train to be an Olympic athlete on them.
So do mini exercise bikes work? Are they effective and are there any benefits? Absolutely, these bikes are great at simulating a level of exercise similar to walking which can improve overall fitness, burn calories, improve tone, maintain healthy joints and improve circulation. They can be used under a desk or in front of the TV so are convenient.
One solution is to follow a good exercise bike workout program, one that will challenge you and work your heart and lungs. If you are not using the pre-set programs on your display console, you should be.
If possible, get a quality bike that offers a variety of programs. Pre-set time and distance workouts automatically change the resistance setting on the bike to simulate flat or hilly terrain. There are also exercise bike workout routines that are known as Heart Rate Control programs which monitor your workout and then adjust the resistance easier or harder to keep you in a specific heart rate target zone that will be 60% to 85% higher than your resting heart rate. Now, that’s a workout!