The Schwinn Airdyne exercise bike is an aerobic workout option. In comparison to other exercise bikes that are only usable with your feet, the Airdyne allows you to use your feet, hands or both to move the wheel of the bike. You can purchase a Schwinn Airdyne for use at home or use the bikes at health clubs. Commonly seen in cardiac rehabilitation, Airdynes will improve your cardiovascular function if you use it for an extended period of time.
When you pedal a Schwinn Airdyne, you are doing aerobic exercise. The American Council on Exercise, or ACE for short, defines aerobic exercise as continuous movement that uses your large muscle groups. Cycling involves continuous movement of your leg muscles to supply the force to move the pedals.
If your goal is to maintain your health and reduce your risk of diseases such as cardiac problems or diabetes, the American College of Sports Medicine, or ACSM for short, recommends using your Airdyne for 30 minutes on five days a week. If you cannot do 30 minutes at once, ACE suggests cycling for 10 minutes, three times a day.
If your goal is weight loss, the ACSM recommends 60 to 90 minutes of aerobic activity on five days a week. This recommendation is for a moderate-intensity workout, one that raises your heart rate and causes you to sweat, but one in which you are able to maintain a conversation. If you increase your intensity level, you can reduce your amount of time to approximately 20 to 40 minutes.
If an hour on your Schwinn Airdyne sounds boring, mix up your routine to keep it fresh. For example, every five minutes alternate between pedaling with your feet, arms or both for the duration of your workout. You can also vary the speed at which you pedal. Placing your bike in front of the television and exercising while watching your favorite program or movie can also help pass the time, but don't get distracted by the show and slow your pace.