Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike

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imageExercise bikes are a great way to get in shape, but lets face it, they can be really uncomfortable. A standard upright stationary bike is hard on the back and wrists. In fact, prolonged riding on an upright can aggravate carpal tunnel in users who have a problem with it and make your entire arm go numb. The seats are even worse. Most people think exercising is a pain in the rear end to start with, the majority of standard upright exercise bikes proves it unquestionably. That's where the Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike comes in. The RC-30 will turn your uncomfortable exercise routine into a real joy that still gives you the aerobic workout you desire from a bike.

Aerobics and Biking

Aerobics is the best style of exercise to generally improve your overall health, and strengthen your cardiovascular system. There are many forms of aerobics from the typical military style exercises that have evolved into a DVD and class workout industry, and then there are the sporting styles of aerobics such as walking, jogging, running, swimming and biking. Of the sporting style aerobics, only swimming and biking provide the benefits of aerobics without dangerous impact on the joints of the feet, ankles and legs as well as jarring of the hips and spine.

The Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike helps you get the great health benefits of aerobics without the added strain. Some of the ways aerobics helps you stay fit and get healthy are:

  • Weight Loss: The most obvious benefit of aerobics is weight control. Aerobics spurs your metabolism, and puts into high-gear.
  • Mood Improvement: Aerobics will make you feel great, and can even help battle depression. When you exercise your body releases endorphins, its natural defense against pain and anxiety.
  • Lung Function: When you do aerobics you breath deeper to take in greater amounts of oxygen to feed the muscles. Doing so expands your lungs, and strengthens them so that they perform better and more efficiently.
  • Heart Health: Aerobics works large muscle groups that stimulate blood flow and make the heart pump faster to get the required oxygen to the muscles. By creating an increased stress level it trains the heart to work harder for your body.

These are just a few of the many benefits of aerobics that the Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike can help deliver.

The Benefits of Recumbent Biking

Recumbent means laying down. Instead of sitting up on a tiny wedge of a seat, a recumbent bike positions you in a more natural, laid back position that is easy on the back and puts absolutely no strain on your wrists, arms and shoulders. The seat on the Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike is flat, unlike the common wedge style seat on an upright bike, and has a comfortable back rest to lean against.

Benefits of a Recumbent Bike in Your Home

Of course, you can get the same aerobics benefits from a street bike, but like a standard upright stationary bike, there are still stress points on the arms, wrists, back and shoulders. In fact, on a street bike, those stress points are even greater than on a stationary bike because for safety's sake, it is best to always have your hands on the handle bars of a street bike, where on a stationary bike you can sit up and release your grip to alleviate the strain from time to time. On a Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike that is never an issue to begin with.image

There are more problems with street biking than just added strain, however. There's dangerous traffic, and even more contentious: the weather. You can only go out and bike when the weather allows it, and if you have long hours where you can only exercise after sunset, or early in the morning, the dangers of street biking are even greater when going out in the dark.

If you live close enough to a health club, you could pay high yearly memberships, but then you have to adhere to their schedule, get in the car and drive to the location, and maybe even wait in line for the very popular machines, and stationary bikes are among the most popular equipment in health clubs.

When you have a Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike in your home none of the above issues are relevant. You can workout any time of the day or night, you never have to drive to get to a health club, and the equipment is yours to use whenever you feel like it.

There are even greater benefits to having a Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike in your home though. You get to workout watching your favorite television shows, or you can be available to your family whenever they need you. You can workout while doing other chores, stopping and starting at your convenience, and you don't have to deal with a bunch of strangers hanging around while you workout.

Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike Features

With the RC-30 you get all of the comforts of a recumbent bike with great programming to help increase the value of your workout. The Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike is a very affordable piece of home gym equipment, but it has programming that most recumbent bikes in its class do not come equipped with. You can choose from manual, interval, weight loss, Rolling and Tempo patterns for a diverse workout, and get all the feedback you need in terms of heart rate, speed, distance and calories burned to analyze the effectiveness of your program.

What Consumers Say

"Very easy to create interesting workout sessions with the Horizon Fitness RC-30."

"Strong and durable. Excellent workout."

"Takes a lot of assembly time, but worth it when it's done."

"Bought it for my lovely husband for last Christmas, and he loves it. It's hard to get him off of it."

Bottom Line

The Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike is a great way to get in shape, and it is affordable so that even beginners can learn to enjoy the ability to workout at home.

About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.