thank you!! i’m so much happier. I never realized how hard it was on me (both physically AND mentally) to be overweight.
I bought this bike here.
my quick and honest review - it was easy to assemble, the seat is super comfy, and it’s quiet. i’m a little too short for it, so I had to put some pedal extenders on (I was doing a number on my knees by hyperextending them every rotation). also, the console died after like a week. they sent me a replacement one for free within a couple days but I never installed it as I track the workouts on my apple watch. oh, also, it’s light, folds up tiny, and is really easy to move around (and hide!)
I just bought a desk cycle via Amazon for $150. Essentially it's just resistant pedals that sit on the floor. Probably one of the smarter purchases I've made in a long time and perfect for a small space, keeping it out of the way.
Edit: For those asking, this is what I picked up ... https://www.amazon.com/DeskCycle-Exercise-Pedal-Exerciser-White/dp/B00B1VDNQA?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top
Here you go. Honestly its great bike
I got the XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike from Amazon:
I read a bunch of reviews between several foldable bikes, and this one won out on being the quietest and sturdiest. For only $115, it has been a great investment. It was maybe 30 minutes to set up, and it fits nicely in the corner of my kitchen when I'm not using it.
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with 300 lbs Weight Capacity https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007595TKU/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_fWCRCb20QDEYB
this is the one I use. I LOVE it. easy to assemble, came in two days on amazon, and the seat is super comfy. the console on mine died quickly and although I got a replacement (I switched out batteries three times in the first week so I think mine was defective) I never ended up putting the new one on. I use my apple watch to track my calories because I think it’s more accurate anyways!
Sunny Exercise Bike
This is the one I got. There’s a lot of good options on Amazon, some cheaper than this. I just liked this one based on reviews.
Semi related to the Expanded Universe: I think the bike Noelle has is on sale on Amazon. Kindaaa want to buy it because I have been a couch potato during Quarantine and I live in the Northeast where being outside is going to be not fun soon. Anyone have one? I wish I had Peleton money tbh
Not OP but I think it's this:
This was what I used when I was over 370. I also recommend buying a more comfortable bike seat. This is the one I got:
That said, I'd also say go for the rogue or the Titan if it suits your fancy. Any of the three of these should be fine for supporting your weight. The biggest thing is if this is an exercise that you'll find yourself doing regularly. I got a Concept2 rower because I really enjoy doing it. Of course, if you're into cycling, then you're going down the right path. Good luck, man.
You can get these neat under the desk "bicycles" like this one.
This could get your heart rate up and burn some energy discreetly.
Not at home so i can't post a pic but it's quite simple, i have an Exerpeutic stationary bike that i place in front of my 46" TV and i added these pieces that i got from Amazon on the top end of the sticks.
It's not optimal but it works. Ideally they would be lower and closer to me but that's the best i could do, though i could probably find a better fit if i took the time.
I think the best bike suited for this kind of situation would be the ones where you are laid back.
I just bought this: (for $350)
Cyclace Exercise Bike Stationary 330 Lbs Weight Capacity- Indoor Cycling Bike with Comfortable Seat Cushion, Tablet Holder and LCD Monitor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PMD1WG8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0WFF5VF4EBZJ1EMSSGZ4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
With an oversized seat and the wahoo cadence sensor so I can use the peloton iPhone app too as an alternative (there’s a two month free trial which goes back to one month in February)
It’s pretty sweet. Really basic but I’ve gotten some good workouts on it. I need to figure out how to make the handlebars more secure Bc they shift a bit when I’m really going for it.
Great iPad/iPhone holder section too
I got this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q2697YN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. After doing a lot of research everyone seemed to agree that you want a belt drive + magnetic resistance (less maintenance and quieter) and this was one of the cheaper ones I saw!
3500 Amazon reviews say yes.
I actually went with one of the higher rated ones on amazon that were within my price range: Exerpeutic 1200 Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B007595TKU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_aXBAAbBBQDH3M
I have this one from Amazon. I don't remember paying that much. It's solid but my butt hates the seat. People around here were selling used spin bikes for nearly the same price so I bought it new.
I have bad hips and have been using this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BDRFMZK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_88SNAVMHT8356RVR0NSY?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 successfully. I don't find it hard on my hips or my knees. I hope this helps!
Of course! Here’s the link XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike, Silver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYFWKMH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_zBoqyHXI9Bcd2 pretty affordable compared to other exercise bikes. Perfect to save space and gets the job done! Glad I could help :)
Cardio! I used a a stationary bike for 20-30 minutes a day. The linked one is nice because it folds up to fit in a broom closet.
I bought this one off of Amazon and am quite happy with it:
TailHappyTV reviews lots of bikes on YouTube. I think he is 6'5" and said he had to lower the seat on this particular bike.
This is the one I have. It’s not super fancy or anything, but it takes up very little space and it does the job really well.
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Pulse, 31.0' L x 19.0' W x 46.0' H (1200) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007595TKU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_1WaUFb1KTC65T
I use the Peloton app with a non-Peloton bike. I bought my bike from the Devil Bezos at the end of March. It's by a company called Sunny and it was $400. It's this one.
A gym friend bought another from the same brand that's a bit more high end. Neither of us have had issues. I swapped out the pedals on mine so I can clip in with my spinning shoes.
The Peloton app has a ton of other stuff on it too. I take yoga classes, and they also have strength, meditation, running, walking, bootcamp, and some other stuff I am forgetting about. For $15/month I am so getting my money's worth.
I have an elliptical that I got through my friend's amazon prime account for $100.00 not including taxes and honestly I'm very happy with it. It doesn't require a plug in or battery and you can adjust the resistance which is controlled by a belt/fan inside as you peddle. It's quiet as well, easy to move, and doesn't require much space.
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I bought an stationary exercise bike for 150. Its perfect, I believe biking is better for my knees, who knows.
I got it on amazon.
I used it a lot, don't use it anymore. Its too boring for me to sit in a room and bike or run. I now go on walks, quick ones, with uphill parts. That's way better.
But yeah there's bikes for like 150 on Amazon. I picked a bike over a treadmill also because the apartment had a low ceiling.
EDIT: It was cheaper than 150. Here it is:
I use the Peloton app with my Sunny spin bike. I added a cheap cell phone mount and a cadence tracker, and it gives me everything I need for about $400 total. If you do rides where you're jogging/standing I'd suggest looking for a heavy flywheel to help keep the bike steady and balanced. I have this one.
Would you mind explaining the difference? It might help some people who are trying to decide. For me, running was just too huge of a psychological barrier. It's definitely all about finding what works for you. I've even done a half marathon before... but I'm in a much different place in my life right now.
Here's the bike I have, we got it from amazon as well:
I just bought this bike off Amazon and I really like it so far. Seems solid and works well!
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007595TKU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_whQIEGVgbgszp
You're so welcome! I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine! And I agree, 200 is totally awesome for an hour, and 400 for a day with what i consider little pain and no inconvenience from working is amazing!
There are many different ones available on amazon. This one is the one I got because price wasn't really an issue for me, and it has pretty much the best reviews, but honestly there are ones in the $50-100 range that have almost as good reviews - like 4.3-.4 out of 5 stars instead of this one's 4.6.
If you end up getting one let me know how you like it!!!
This is going to be very unoriginal advice, but I would really suggest that you start exercising again, in any way you feel up for. What I did was order an exercise bike (this one) and I use it whenever I feel restless or irritable and it helps me tremendously, even if I just use it for 5-10 minutes.
Best of luck to you.
I’d recommend an under desk exercise bike like this one. It’s a little pricy but there could be other options that are less expensive.
We have this one and it’s $160 (I think it was cheaper when we bought it but I’m not 100% sure). It gets the job done but I don’t love it. The resistance settings are intervals of 10 so there’s no granularity, and if you need to do a jog it’s not super conducive for that (for example, the knob gives me tiny bruises on my thighs if I’m not careful when I stand and jog). But we’ve had it 3 years now I think and it’s only just started to squeak a little and it’s slightly uneven but that could be our floor lol.
For an exercise bike, it's hard to beat a spin bike. Amazon has some surprisingly cheap options that are decent. I picked this one up and have had good luck with it so far:
Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002CVU2HG
This is the one I have. It says it has a limit of 300 lbs but it holds my 350+ lb ass just fine. There is a very minor bit of squeaking from the seat back when I really get pedaling hard.
You’re doing great with the walking! I say go for the exercise bike too. I have an exercise bike I love, it folds up and goes in the coat closet and I bring it out when I watch tv. I recommend it!! Especially if you live somewhere where there’s a constant heat advisory and it’s just not feasible to walk outside.
XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYFWKMH?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I have the Joroto Magnetic Resistance Bike (Amazon link here) and I use the Peloton App on my iPad and it's been great. What I love is that the magnetic resistance is super quiet and there are toe cages as opposed to clips, so my entire family can use the bike with whatever shoe they have.
This is the one I have. Works pretty well and I can do a 3-hour session with no issues. I think if I wanted to splurge, I would have gotten the magnetic resistance version, but this one works fine. The resistance is adjustable so you can set it at the right difficulty for you. It's also quite enough that I can watch TV while riding no problem.
It's not the same as taking a real bike outside, but if you want an inside option it is pretty solid. There are a lot of other options out there though, so you might want to poke around a bit and make sure you get the right one for you. This list is one example of some of the bikes available.
This is the one I have. It says maximum weight of 300 lbs but I use it at 350 with no problem; just a very slight feeling of a wobble when I pedal at sprint-type speeds. Doesn't feel unstable or anything. And for price the quality is quite decent.
I spend a lot of my time at my desk - getting a desk cycle or desk elliptical has been really great for me to get some extra activity in.
Recumbent Exercise Bike with Resistance ME-709-1 Pack
Could you use something like this? I used this when I was working as a receptionist in the halycon days before med school, and I'd do like 40 miles a day on that bad boi
Last call on an affordable exercise bike. Name your price!
We're looking to get rid of it to a good home. Can send pictures if interested.
For those curious it’s a Sunny Bike with BBC a 49lb fly wheel.
Sunny Health & Fitness Spin Bike Belt Drive Indoor Cycle Exercise Bike - SF-B1002 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00467H5YW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_ZPOWqPxZSUZUY
Sunny Health & Fitness Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike, 22 KG Flywheel
Another week with this available... Looking to get in better shape for summer?
Name your price; we're looking to get rid of it to a good home. Can send pictures if interested.
Peloton too expensive? Looking to get in better shape for summer?
25% with with discount "RDCYCE25CL" takes the price down to $269.99, compared to $359.99 at Amazon
4 ways adjustable seat, 2-ways adjustable multi-grips handlebar
Extended seat support post, for 5.1-6.5ft people
Ergonomic resistance bar for more comfortable rotation and press down
Holes on the chain case help dissipate heat
Ipad holder, Multi-function monitor and bottle holder
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Pulse
We’ve been thrashing a Sunny Health bike in our basement for five years now and originally got it on sale for like $125 usd bike link
I bought this one. I like it, but it does give me a bit of low back pain cause I'm on the taller side.
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Pulse, 31.0' L x 19.0' W x 46.0' H (1200) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007595TKU/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_Z145SMSQF8QH854WM4TJ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
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DeskCycle 2 Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser with Adjustable Leg - Mini Exercise Bike Desk Cycle, Leg Exerciser for Physical Therapy & Desk Exercise
Deskcycle is the brand name. If these links doesn't work, just search Amazon for Desk bike. I'm sure there's others using the same technology and may be cheaper. Just something I had picked up.
DeskCycle Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser - Portable Foot Exercise Cycle for Sitting with LCD Display - Mini Stationary Peddler for Adults & Seniors, Physical Therapy Workout Equipment https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B1VDNQA/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_VF839TBM9N8C5FRVRQW7
Deal of the day: DeskCycle 2 Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser with Adjustable Leg - Mini Exercise Bike Desk Cycle, Leg Exerciser for Physical Therapy & Desk Exercise https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BDRFMZK/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_dl_2N8E9Q4RC372RNFMNQ51
If you're able to sit up, what works for me is the [DeskCycle 2 Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser with Adjustable Leg - Mini Exercise Bike Desk Cycle, Leg Exerciser for Physical Therapy & Desk Exercise https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BDRFMZK/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_N4HN4BSF5MA3C6NK38KH?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I’m in the US but near the border. By any chance are you in the Toronto area? I have a recumbent-ish exercise bike I never use that I would love to give away to someone who could use it.
I have this EXACT same set up!! It is amazing. I think all in (if you don’t count my iPad) this set up cost me $375 maybe? I know my sunny bike goes on sale quite regularly. I’d get the 49lb flywheel as I heard the 40lb flywheel can feel a little less stable. But this is the same hack that I did with the wahoo cadence tracker!
XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike, Silver, 31.5L x 18W x 45.3H in. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYFWKMH/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_RQTDV0YNVSW5PRK0PD09?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This is the one I got. Assembly was easy, but the pieces are a bit awkward to maneuver. (You're basically putting the feet on, screwing on the seat and handle bars, and attaching the pedals.) I was surprised at how nice and sturdy it feels, considering it's under $150. There is a user weight limit of 225 lb, in case that's an issue. I went with this one because the company that makes it also makes much more expensive equipment, so I took a chance that it wouldn't be junk.
I enjoy it much more than I thought I would, partly because I tried doing one of those silly virtual marathons they advertise all over social media, lol. Funny, but it made it feel like I was accomplishing something (apparently getting healthy doesn't count in my brain). I've earned two medals so far, and I'm working on my third now. Like I said, silly, but it made riding my little bike more fun.
I don't like treadmills period. And the new style curved treadmill looks great but is expensive.
I'd think a pedal desk would be a cheaper solution. Maybe a recumbent style as that's more of a long term sitting solution than an upright bike.
Maybe this but I never used it:
I have no clue why I said treadmill - it's actually a folding exercise bike. Brain fart.
If you're interested, this is the bike: https://www.amazon.com/Exerpeutic-Folding-Magnetic-Upright-Exercise/dp/B007595TKU
I like it a lot given how inexpensive it is and how little space it takes up when folded. I'm a tall guy and my partner is super short, and it can be adjusted to work for both of our heights.
You're absolutely welcome here.
I use the Monash FODMAP app for tracking foods, symptoms, etc. That's a paid app though and I'm not sure it would be worth it just for tracking.
Exercise I can tolerate on bad days is my Desk Cycle.
Can you have potatoes?
I bought mine 6 years ago now so it was less expensive back then but it’s this one: Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Resistance ME-709 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KV1MJU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_CCA4RA35VYRFCTB6NZFH
I'll have to check the next time I ride. I honestly don't pay too much attention to the speed, I'm only looking at the time spent and what resistance I'm using. This bike is super basic and the built-in calculations aren't all that accurate. It's similar to this one.
This is the bike I have: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CVU2HG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I've managed to create a great home gym for myself. Floor is matted. I've got the bike, a rowing machine, 2 battle ropes in the back yard, a chin-up/dip station, heavy-duty exercise bands, and exercise ball, TRX, perfect pushup discs, and some other workout accessories. I can beat the crap out of myself in the comfort of my own home. Wake up 750, be at it by 8. Great time saver, and I know no one is going to interrupt my flow :)
I have this one. It gets the job done, though I question the accuracy of the heart monitor and calorie counter. It folds up nicely and takes up a small footprint.
This one: https://www.amazon.com/Marcy-Recumbent-Exercise-Resistance-ME-709/dp/B002KV1MJU?ref_=ast_sto_dp
I really like recumbent bikes over upright ones because they're less stressful on your joints and just generally more comfortable, but you can still get a great workout.
You can get it all close to 1000 usd or the sensor plus bike around 500 ish. Read up on trainerroad. Lots of info.
Depending upon your state or gym you may be able to ask to suspend your membership at no cost. That can save you some amount that you can spend on a pair of dumbbells.
Then, for cardio, you can go running outside or ride a bike. Amazon also sells some relatively inexpensive cardio equipment (not the highest quality, but you get what you pay for.) I used this $138 stationary bike while avoiding the gym.
I was already a runner, so running outside was a part of my routine, but I got some 10lb dumbbells that I shared with my wife and just dramatically increased my number of reps. Doing 150 bicep curls eventually started bothering my elbows, so if you can get heavier weights, I highly recommend doing that.
I got this for my husband this past Christmas and it has held up nicely. You don't need to plug it in anywhere - it goes off of just you using it. You can move it around pretty easily (probably less than 20 lbs). I was actually thinking of taking it from him and bringing it into my office. :)
Depends on your budget but sounds like you''ll want to go all in and get something top of the line. The Schwinn/Bowflex is often recommended. Keep in mind you'll also need to get a pair of clipless pedals and shoes to use on the bike.
After a lot of research I went with https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q2697YN/ I'm able to put a laptop or tablet on the handlebars the way they're designed and workout along with any app or videos online. Seemed like the best overall value on a budget and achieve the closest thing to a Peloton. I also have a smart TV right next to it so didn't need to pay to get a screen with my bike or anything.
I have this one, as recommended by a few folks in the Facebook hip groups: https://www.amazon.com/Exerpeutic-Folding-Magnetic-Upright-Exercise/dp/B007595TKU/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=exerpeutic&qid=1624915174&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-3
I still use it at 4mos PO! I did buy an additional gel seat pad to strap on because the giant wide seat on it can irritate if you're on it for a long time, I found.
There's no frame around the closet, the floor inside is exactly the same floor as outside. I'm hoping I can just wheel it up to the closet and then tilt it over even further and possibly just slide it in there. I'm willing to add a cable, hook or something else to help it stay in place too. It's pretty well the only option I can think of where I can have a spin bike in the house.
This is the bike I'm currently considering: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07Q2697YN/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza
Hello! Ended up purchasing this JOROTO bike off Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q2697YN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for $400 which was basically what I could spend. It has worked excellent for what I needed it for and I love using it. Planning to change the pedals and get cycling shoes eventually (another $200-300) but for now honestly tightening the straps around my shoes keeps me secure enough. Gotta ball on a budget you know?
This is a Joroto X2 : https://www.amazon.com/JOROTO-Magnetic-Resistance-Exercise-Stationary/dp/B07Q2697YN/
Purchased for $500 in June. Only selling because I'm moving and it won't fit. The bike itself is about as good as you're gonna get without springing for a Peloton. I also installed a Wahoo Cadence sensor ($40) I'm throwing in here.
Pickup required - would be around 23rd st and Hoyt. It's heavy but has wheels to move it.
I think you have high expectations for spin bikes. I bought this one on amazon and it’s perfectly adequate. Pedals and crank doesn’t seem the best like you mentioned, but these things aren’t made to be abused. Ride out of the saddle at your own risk.
I bought an exercise bike at the beginning of last year to do this exact thing. Works great, I play a couple matches of Halo and next thing I know it's been 30 minutes.
This is the one I bought.
If you have the space and money, then Amazon sells these foldable exercise bikes for like $120-200. Mine has been a lifesaver for me so far this winter.
Don't forget to also start working in resistance/weightlifting as well. You don't want to lose muscle while you lose weight.
I got this one, it takes up very minimal space folded up: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LYFWKMH
Just don't get it if you're tall, I'm 5'8" and at the maximum height setting the seat is just about right for me.
I just ordered the Sunny Health & Fitness Spin Bike Belt Drive Indoor Cycle Exercise Bike - SF-B1002 for $349 (Amazon) based on the reviews. Same brand but seems to do a decent job much cheaper. It is supposed to arrive on Thursday, I'll update what I think of it then.
I have mild diplegia, I can treadmill or bile but if you tire super easy I would definitely favor the bike. If you tire quickly while on a treadmill, even with the emergency stop that shuts it off instantly, your still in a standing position and your legs can give out.
Maybe this would be helpful.
Link for "Desk cycle"
You would need a chair of some kind, but it would allow you to us a chair that is suited to your needs/abilities vs a stationary bike which is one size fits most.
Can you do low impact like indoor cycling? My fiancé bought me one as an early Christmas present!! I’ve been consistently going on almost everyday - I’ve missed two days since getting it. Some days I cycle for an hour sometimes 30 minutes. I try to at least do ten miles a day. It’s wonderful because I can do it at any time of day anywhere in the apartment. It quite and compact AND CHEAP!!!!
Below is the link.
XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike, Silver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYFWKMH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_coq-Fb9E623D0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I bought a stationary bike back in March right after my gym closed. We are getting near-daily use out of it. But always check with your doctor first to see what level of physical activity is safe for you and baby.
No issues so far, and it's pretty quiet. This is the one I have:
I got it for around $130 on Black Friday, so you might want to set a price alert to see if it drops again if you're interested.
Sunny Health & Fitness Exercise Cycling Bike with Heavy 49 LB Chrome Flywheel - SF-B1002/C https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00467H5YW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_fGG6FbXVCTVB8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Here’s the one I got and have been happy with it! You don’t need slip in shoes. If you do prefer clip ins I have a friend with the same bike who ordered different pedals.
We bought this on Amazon for $360. It is as good as any Spin bike at any gym I have belonged to.
I have this bike and I like it. My husband and I don’t use it super often (1-2 times a week), but it gets the job done.
i got this guy a few months ago and it’s been great. definitely overestimates the calories burned, but the resistance goes pretty high and it was super easy to assemble
I have a workout recommendation: consider pickup up a cheap exercise bike (I got the Excerpeutic 1200 for under $200 CAD).
What I do is this: either early in the morning or late at night, I'll spin on my bike for several hours while either watching Netflix, playing a video game or just listening to music/podcasts. I always spin on either 1 or 2 resistance (the lowest/easiest) and lean against the wall behind me, so it barely feels like I'm "working out". Once, I spent nearly 6 hours doing this and have lost nearly 3,000 calories -- in a single night. I barely feel like I'm working out and I'm burning hella calories while being distracted by whatever is on the TV.
I bought this bike specifically to use with AF+ and I love it. Smooth, quiet, and easy to put together. If you want cadence and such you can find sensors to attach to it for around $80 that can communicate to your iPhone.
>Living in flats is a large part of the reason I don't exercise.
I've been the same way in my 2nd floor condo, but I'm trying to do better. Between this and a folding exercise bike (this one if anyone's interested; assembly was largely a breeze) that's damn-near silent, I feel like I'm getting myself to a good starting point.
Giant? They take up about as much room as a human body. They also make foldable stationary bikes if room is such a concern. If you don't have room for an exercise bike then you have bigger problems.
My $149 stationary bike was a sound investment. I'm not even a gym rat, but I smartly parked the thing in front of the TV and pedal when I watch sports. Having a thing to watch and focus on has been key to getting me to stay on the bike.
And to think, my habit used to be going to the British pub to watch footie matches over pints. The stationary bike has turned what used to be a calorie-dense habit into a calorie-burning one.
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Honestly most of the cheap treadmills and ellipticals are really shitty. You might be able to find a decent exercise bike, though. Maybe look at used ones too. I don't know what your budget is exactly, but I weigh 250 lbs (113 kg) and this one felt very solid.
(I ended up selling it and getting into jogging instead just because it was boring, just FYI.)
Did a bunch of research on spin bikes when picking mine. Here’s my favorite, and what I ended up buying.
Heavy enough flywheel for higher resistances, magnetic, sturdy, and fairly priced. Has a simple monitor if you care.
DeskCycle Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser – Mini Exercise Peddler – Stationary Cycle for Home & Office https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B1VDNQA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_5xHRFbNY952MF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This is the one I got! It has various strength settings and a speedometer you can place on your desk. I really like it!! Currently recovering from knee surgery and I’m excited to use the cycle to (slowly) help me get comfortable bending my knee again.
It's not the same as an elliptical, but if you want cardio equipment that is suitable for a small apartment, I have this upright bike in my apartment that I bought off some guy on Kijiji for $100. I bought it when I was living in a 400 sq ft. studio when I first moved to Canada and couldn't afford a gym membership and I didn't have room for a treadmill. It's held up really well over the years and I have been super grateful to have it after the gyms shut down this year.
Unsure if you can get this in the UK, but I have this model.
It’s great. Heavy enough flywheel, magnetic resistance, basic monitor.
I got a stationary bike too that has helped me soo much. Its a pretty not frills version thay is more affordable ($400) and it is practically SILENT which is perfect for apartment living.
I am in no way affiliated with the company just have been recommending this to all my friends! joroto spin bike
It was something super super basic like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYFWKMH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_tjVLFbYZVD21C
Use fakespot.com to analyze for fake reviews, but it's usually more reliable than ebay. Also, depending on what gym you go to try calculating your total annual cost and consider investing that much (or less) in a treadmill.
I bought a cheap folding stationary bike off Amazon a while ago and I only use it for intervals after weights when I'm not feeling running. It is way better than what I thought it would be. I thought it would have poor resistance, cheaply made but it will kick my ass on the higher setting and it's quiet as a whisper. The downsides are that it does not replicate the position of a road bike at all. It is like doing intervals on a "mommy bike," sitting upright with a big fat seat, legs sort of pushed out more in front. I'd imagine a proper spin bike is more akin to a road bike in position so no favors there in regards to cadence. However, I can jump on that stationary after weights with no special gear, kit or clipless shoes and just rip high/low resistance for 30ish minutes.
Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse