These are some of the best indoor exercise bikes - and where you can order them
With everyone across the UK now urged to remain in their homes, aside from infrequent trips for food, medicine or essential work, the lockdown period is likely to see fitness levels significantly drop.
The government is permitting one daily walk per day for exercise and fresh air, but it is important for your health and wellbeing to keep moving as much as you can, even while at home.
Keeping fit at home
Staying active is an effective way to boost your energy levels, reduce stress and keep your mind and body alert, so it is a good idea to try and incorporate regular movement into your daily routine.
If you aren’t a fan of online fitness videos and instead prefer to work out on a machine, with some music as motivation, an indoor exercise bike could be a great option.
Even though the shops are shut, you can still get an exercise bike delivered straight to your door.
Here are seven of the best ones on the market, that cater for a range of budgets.
Sportstech professional indoor exercise bike SX100
This Sportstech Speedbike allows you to train nearly all of the main muscle groups, for a more effective and balanced workout.
As well as fat burning, you are also training your endurance and condition during your fitness session.
The bike needs very little maintenance and is very quiet, so it won’t disturb your household.
Where to buy: Amazon, £399
Fytter RI-04RNG Spinning Bike
This spinning bike features an 18kg flywheel, multiple adjustments on the handlebar and saddle, and a display with support for your mobile device.
It offers excellent stability and can be assembled in five simple steps, so you can get working out straight away.
Where to buy: Fitness Inn, £355
Body Sculpture BC4604 Pro Racing Exercise Bike
Ideal if you are wanting something a little cheaper, this bike boasts an 8kg flywheel and is designed to ensure you receive a smooth ride by replicating the momentum from a regular bike.
The handlebars and seat are both adjustable, and it has an adjustable resistance which can be adapted as you progress in your fitness journey.
It also features built-in computer monitors and displays, which show the number of calories burned, distance, speed and time.
Where to buy: Amazon, £189.06
York Active 110 Cycle
This entry level indoor bike is great for fitness beginners and is excellent value for less than £200.
The bike comes with an extra large padded seat, with both height and reach adjustments, as well as self-levelling pedals, workout displays, and eight resistance levels so you can vary your intensity.
Where to buy: Fitness Superstore, £199
Viavito Onyx Folding Exercise Bike
Ideal if you want a piece of equipment that won’t take up too much space in your home, this folding bike features eight levels of manually controlled magnetic resistance so you can switch up the intensity.
The bike is lightweight and easy to fold up after use, and it comes with the added bonus of an LCD console that displays a full range of live session feedback, including time, speed, distance, calories, odometer and your pulse when using the hand pulse sensors.
Where to buy: Sweatband, £129.99
Ultrasport F-Bike and F-Rider
This collapsible fitness bike comes with eight resistance levels for building stamina and muscle strength, and there is an LCD display to track your progress, logging time, scan, calories, speed, distance and pulse.
The bike is quick and easy to set up, and can be folded away so as not to clog up too much space in your home.
Where to buy: Amazon, £99.99
Ultrasport Mini Bike, Arm and Leg Trainer
If a standard exercise bike will take up too much space in your home, this compact trainer is a great alternative.
The small bike can be placed under your desk or in front of your sofa, and boasts hand and foot pedals with an adjustable pedal strap.
The bike is perfect for strengthening your arm and leg muscles, and you can track your workout time, distance, rotations, and calorie consumption on the large LCD display.
Where to buy: Amazon, £39.99