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How to Exercise on an Air Bike

author image Kyle Clayton
Kyle Clayton has been a creative writer since 2007 and now works as a freelance writer for LIVESTRONG.COM. He has worked in the fitness industry since 2007 and enjoys writing about nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyles. Clayton is the winner of the Rex Reed Screenwriting Award and a UCLA Showcase Finalist. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting from UCLA.
How to Exercise on an Air Bike
Newer air bike models include heart rate monitors. Photo Credit pedal image by Ewe Degiampietro from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

An air bike is a stationary bike with two handles that move back and forth, and a fan that is driven by the speed and power of the pedals. Air bikes do not have preset electronic programs, so it's up to you to make your own workout and choose the resistance level with your pace. An air bike is a low-impact alternative to running that can keep you out of the cold during inclement weather and give you an effective conditioning workout no matter your level of experience.

Step 1

Sit on the seat of the air bike. Place your feet on the pedals and grab the handles.

Step 2

Pedal slowly at first. Move the handles back and forth. The air bike will increase its resistance based on how fast and hard you pump the pedals and handles.

Step 3

Speed up as you get more comfortable with the movement. Keep your back straight as opposed to leaning forward.

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Step 4

Maintain a steady pace for 20 to 60 minutes for an aerobic workout. Pedal as fast as possible for bursts of 15 to 30 seconds, with rests of 30 seconds to 60 seconds in between for a sprint workout.

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