Benefits of Indoor Cycling – An Introduction to the Merax Cycling Bike

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We all know how doctors recommend a daily dosage of 30 minutes of exercise a day in order to maintain optimal health. A common gripe among society is that life can at times get to be a little hectic to the point where a quick stop at the gym could throw off your entire momentum – that, and you just want to go home.

Indoor cycling is a viable solution to this problem that many people across the world have picked up in order to help them in maintaining their health. But what exactly are the benefits of indoor cycling, and can they really be a sufficient replacement for doing cardio at the gym? We compiled just a few of the benefits:

Heightened Cardiovascular System

Yeah, some may see this benefit as common knowledge, but there are some individuals who are unaware that indoor cycling can benefit your health just as much as a more generic cardio activity such as running, except cycling especially caters to the joints – it is pretty much as low impact as you can get

Lowered Stress Levels

Hard day at the office? Make a bee-line straight home and hop on an indoor cycling bike. According to American College of Sports Medicine, indoor cycling promotes “happy-mood inducing neurotransmitters known as endorphins…known to create feelings of euphoria, lower your stress level and enhance the body’s immune response” (acsm.org).

Fat Loss & Building of Muscle

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Whether you are trying to shed some pounds or build leg muscles, an indoor cycling bike can help you out with your fitness needs. When used at a high intensity, indoor cycling can burn up to between 7-12 calories a minute. Typically these high intensity scenarios involve cycling classes, but an easy hack to achieve the same results at home is with a personal bike
and watching free workout cycling videos on youtube – skip the hundreds of dollars you will spend on a gym membership or individual cycling classes. One of the best parts about having your own bike is you can do it on your own time and you have absolutely no excuse to not continue working at your fitness goals- after all it’s not like you have to travel to a gym, since the bike is in your home. Because of its close proximity, you stay inspired and motivated, being less likely to give up on your fitness aspirations.

 

The Merax Indoor Cycling Bike 30lb Flywheel

One of our newer editions of indoor cycling bikes, The Merax Indoor Cycling Bike 30lb Flywheel, provides smooth and consistent motion accompanied by the 30lb flywheel, making your cardio a smooth process.

Adjust the seat to best fit your body type with seats that can move forward, backwards and upwards to also give your body the intense workout you deserve from home.

Constructed for easy transport, move your cycling bike throughout your house or anywhere outdoors if you so choose if the surrounding scenery gets a bit dull, even team up with your friends to have a group cycle session.

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3 Places to Hang a Hammock This Summer

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Summer is around the corner and that means an extra dose of sunshine and hopefully a little more fresh air for you. One of the best ways to take advantage of the impending summer weather is to invest in a hammock where you can fully enjoy the rays while not having to compromise on comfort – a hammock is a must have when packing for any summer vacation.

A relaxation alternative, a hammock provides a certain amount of variation that typically can’t be provided by a couch or generic spring mattress – hammocks are designed to cradle and conform to your body shape suspended in mid air, giving you an ultimate sense of relaxation. Incorporate a hammock into your summer experience in these 3 places to hang a hammock:

Poolside

If there is a canopy nearby, pull out the hammock and sway in the breeze with a clear view of the pool.

 

Natural Shade

The most common location for a good reason, hanging your hammock between trees ensures that you have a little protection if the sun is shining too bright, while also  having a great view of the branches and leaves above.

In Your Home

Who says hammocks have to be restricted for outdoor use? Add a hammock to your bedroom to introduce a relaxed vibe in your space or in the living room as an alternative resting place that you can use year round.

Make sure you have your hammock for the Summer with our Merax Caribbean Hammock Hanging Chair w/ Wooden Bar:

Merax Caribbean Hammock Hanging Chair With Beautiful Wooden Bar – $39.90

 

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Our Pivot Style hanging hammock with wooden crafted Spread Bar lets you rotate 360 degrees letting you gently drift as you kick back and relax. With specialized Pivot Style, only one anchor point is needed. Comes in Warm Tan or Multi-Color.

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5 Different Ways To Set A Hammock Outdoors

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Some may think hanging a hammock is impossible without trees to support it. Now-a-days, hammocks sometimes come with a post or frame to support the suspended structure. This type of hammock can be set up on concrete. And it requires very little set-up, if any at all. If you’re interested in the traditional type, one that’s hanging between two trees, you are going to have to put in a little effort to make it functional.

Merax Hammock Hardwood Spreader bars with Pillow Multicoloured Stripe, Outdoor Use (Red) - $45.99
Merax Hammock Hardwood Spreader bars with Pillow Multicoloured Stripe, Outdoor Use (Red) – $45.99

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The first step to installing your hammock is choosing the right method to hang it up. The one you choose can depend on a lot of factors. Some pick a method because it is easy. While others prefer one that’s cheap. It depends on your situation, what’s available to you and the type of trees you have in your backyard. Here are ten, common ones.

Method 1: Tree Straps

Many choose tree straps as their method of hanging hammocks since it puts the least amount of pressure on the tree’s trunk. Therefore, it causes the least amount of harm its health. It’s important to remember that you’re dealing with a living thing, not just some, inanimate tool. A tree strap consists of strong fabric wrapped around the tree, and then suspended towards the adjacent tree. It has a hook on the end of the fabric that supports the hammock.

Method 2: Rope

Rope is an excellent option for those short on cash. It’s extremely cheap and can be found at any home improvement store. Rope is also strong enough to support almost any human’s weight. Some like how decorative rope can be. It makes a hammock look rustic and natural. The only downside to choosing this option is that it can be challenging to set up if you’re not a boy-scout. It’s important to tie a knot that holds together. If you know you can’t, get someone who can to do it for you.

Method 3: Chains And Hooks

Some like the security that metal can bring. There’s no way someone’s weight is going to break it. Even if your kids are misusing the hammock. However, you do need to have a basic level of handiness to complete this job. Bolts and a drill are required to secure the chain to the tree. Don’t worry about your tree’s health. A few bolts into its trunk will not harm it.

Method 4: A Tree And A Post

Some of us are lacking a decent amount of trees in our backyard. Even if we do have a few, it may be that they’re too far apart, or too close together, to support a hammock. If that’s the case, you can easily hook a hammock up with the use of only one tree. The other half of the hammock can be supported by a post nailed firmly into the ground. Choose any of the methods above to secure the hammock to the post and tree.

Method 5: Posts Secured In Concrete

This method is great for those of us with decks in the front or backyard. A hammock can easily be secured to two posts, that are holding up the roof of a shaded deck, to create an even more relaxing place to drink Coco in the evening.

These posts are great, as they’re secured with concrete. Posts are very difficult to set up in a secure manner with a shovel and hammer alone. That’s why swing-sets tip over when big kids use them. However, if you do not have a post submerged in concrete on your property, you can install two posts by just banging them into the ground. Put something heavy on the hammock before a person lays on it to make sure it’s secure. It’s a good idea to do this when using any of the methods.

There Are Other Ways, And You Can Invent The Next One

Get creative and explore your options. While there are already many ways to hang a hammock, you could be the next person to discover a new one. Who knows? Maybe you’ll figure out how to hang a hammock above a lake or swimming pool. Wouldn’t that be relaxing? Just make sure no one’s around that’s mean enough to tip you over. You might get a little wet.

If you are looking for a Hammock, please check out our selection:

Merax Brown Stripe Cotton Hammock with Heavy Duty Steel Stand Frame - $88.99
Merax Brown Stripe Cotton Hammock with Heavy Duty Steel Stand Frame – $88.99

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Merax Outdoor Durable Swing Bed Caribean Hammock Chair High Quality Cotton (blue) - $71.99
Merax Outdoor Durable Swing Bed Caribean Hammock Chair High Quality Cotton (blue) – $71.99

 

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Here is a video on how to hang your Hammock from Bic’s Youtube Channel,