Using an Exercise Bike the Right Way

For what seems like the beginning of time, exercise bikes have been a go to way for individuals to lose weight and maintain their fitness at home and rightfully so – exercise bikes are one of the most popular forms of at home cardio. Investing in an at-home fitness bike is a great decision to make to enhance your overall health and well-being, but it’s also important to recognize and put into action the proper ways to use one so you get the most out of your investment and use your bike to reach your full potential. Check out our tips below to see how to use an exercise bike the right way.

Familiarizing Yourself with the Equipment

Once you have purchased your bike, you’ve already accomplished the first step of committing yourself to change your health for the better. Following this, a good idea is to familiarize yourself with the bike itself for smooth usage.

  • Locate and adjust the seat height to your liking to ensure an optimum comfort,
  • Identify the foot straps and test out securing your feet in them
  • Familiarize yourself with the bike digital display

Make a Schedule

To ensure that you actually use your bike inman-on-exercise-bikestead of letting it collect dust in a corner after just a few weeks, hold yourself accountable with a reasonable exercise schedule. The great thing about at home exercise bikes is that you don’t have to go out of your way to drive to the gym – your workout is waiting for you right at home so it leaves you with less room for excuses. If you are just starting out with indoor biking, commit yourself to doing either 30 minutes three times a week, or 15 minutes every day with a 1 – day rest day.

If you are already fit and want to maintain your health, you could try doing 30 minutes a day, which is the smallest fraction out of your 24 hour day in the name of health.

Pick a Prime Location

Next you should pick a location to place your exercise bike, which you can always change later especially if it is quality and lightweight like our Merax Folding Magnetic Exercise Bike. If you are just starting out with indoor exercise bikes, a great place to start would be in front of your television – watch your favorite shows and complete your regular dose of cardio all at the same time! Pick an area that will motivate you so you stick to your predetermined schedule; for some it may be in front of the television, for others it may be in the bedroom as a reminder to exercise when you wake up as a way to start your day, or to get your workout in before you go to bed.

Working Out

We found a great exercise bike fat-burning workout plan that uses intervals – this means that you pedal at different resistance levels for varying amounts of time to help you get your heart pumping and the most out of your workout:

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Warm-Up. Spend 5 minutes pedaling at a medium resistance

  • Spend 20 seconds pedaling at a high resistance 
  • Spend 10 seconds pedaling at zero resistance
  • Spend 1 minutes pedaling at an low-medium resistance
    • Repeat the three bullet points 4 times

Cool-Down. Spend 5 minutes pedaling at a medium resistance

Feel free to adjust these guidelines to your own personal fitness level and continue to adjust and challenge yourself as you progress!

Don’t have a bike and ready for the challenge? See our Meritline exercise bikes here: 

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Portable Fire Pit Uses & How-To

Whether you’re at the beach, out camping or even in your backyard, fire pits are versatile but often they aren’t something you can just pick up and go. With our Merax Portable Fire Pit, you can take the pit with you wherever you plan on going and have a toasty fire at your destination. Check out a few ways you can use a portable fire pit below:

Outdoor Party Focal Point

When you’re having a small outdoor get together when it’s a little chilly outside or during the evening, a portable fire pit is a great way to get people to congregate towards the same area and stay warm. If throwing larger outdoor parties is more of your style, you can get creative and have multiple fire pits for guests to warm themselves up and socialize.

Portable Marshmallow Roaster 

Our fire pit is a great way to spice up any event you are having with family or friends by allowing you to roast marshmallows and make s’mores or other foods. Bond around the fire while indulging in great meals with a portable fire pit.

Staying Warm

Whether you’re at a soccer game for your child and it’s freezing out or you don’t want to let cold weather keep you cooped up inside, our portable fire pit is a great option for you to stay warm wherever you happen to be outside.

How to Use

Placement 

Make sure that wherever you place your fire pit, it’s in a stable environment to ensure the safety of you and others around you. A stable environment qualifies as a flat, stable surface. Examples of prime safe locations to  place a portable fire pit are: concrete, gravel, bricks and more.

Safety

Take care to ensure your fire pit is not directly below a roof or anything else that could catch on fire. Ensure that there is nothing that can catch fire in the immediate surroundings of your fire pit, such as dead leaves, pine needles etc. Be sure to keep a bucket of water nearby in the event of an emergency.

Extinguishing the Fire

The best way to extinguish the fire in your pit is to first use the included fire poker to separate the wood, making the flames smaller and easier to put out. Once the flames are reduced, slowly add water or sand to smother the fire until it is completely put out.

 

 

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