Perhaps you have no desire to ride a bike, either in reality or in your living room. Or perhaps you are just the type of person who likes a little variety in their exercise regime.
While riding a bike is certainly one of the low impact exercise, a rowing machine might actually be a better all around exercise. Unlike a bicycle, which is great for your legs and probably your core, and if you push it a bit, certainly your aerobic fitness, a rowing machine has all of these benefits and additionally works your upper body.
The great thing about home rowing machines today is the great variety of styles and price ranges they are available in. There is something there for everyone. That is great news since the rower is such an ideal piece of exercise equipment.
There are few things that can get your heart racing like a good workout on a rower. The easy start can lull you into ramping up your effort quickly to where you are getting an excellent cardio workout almost before you know it. And you can do so while still having knees to use in your everyday life. (Try that after a hard session with those free weights at the club.)
As with every decision regarding exercise equipment for the home – get the best machine you can reasonably afford. Sometimes that means buy the best thing you can stretch a little for. Usually you will not regret spending a little more as much as you are likely to spending too little.
If you can’t afford the top of the line, though, get something. Even the cheapest of rowing machines is likely to give you a good workout. It is just that they might not take much abuse or last for very long under strenuous conditions.
However there is just no real way to compare what a quality piece can give you to what the bottom of the barrel offerings bring. Heart rate monitors, preprogrammed workout routines.
Many of these feedback loops are excellent motivators for maximizing your workout results. And isn’t that just what you invest in a rower for? Invest is the right word, if you plan to use this for a time, the high end machines are built with the finest materials and under stringent quality standards.
So get yourself a rower and get some of the best, low impact strength and cardiovascular workouts available anywhere.
If you haven’t made up your mind yet, get back on your bike and pedal to Hawaii.