How to Read on Your Exercise Bike

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Just because you're exercising doesn't mean you can't also read a good book or two. Read on your exercise bike with help from a health and wellness expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin, health and wellness expert with and I'm here at the HF Racquet and Fitness Club in Homewood, Illinois. In this clip I'm going to show you how to read on an exercise bike. Stationery cycling works all of the major muscle groups in your lower body leaving your hands totally free while still increasing your heart rate and burning calories making it both a comfortable and convenient way to get in some exercise. In fact, the stationery exercise bike is one of only a few pieces of equipment that actually allow you to read while working out. Now, if you choose to read on an exercise bike, there are certain guidelines that you should definitely follow in order to ensure that your workout is both effective and safe. Before you start to exercise, decide how you'd like to position your reading material. You don't want to have to reposition your material throughout your exercise bout, this can present a disruption to your workout. One option is to secure a book caddy. If you do not have access to a book caddy personally or at your gym, you can easily purchase one from any sporting goods store for as little as $15. If you don't use a book caddy, another option is to simply place your reading material on the screen of your exercise bike, securing it with your hands. Regardless of whether you choose to use a book caddy or the screen on your exercise bike, make sure that your reading material is within an arm's distance away in order to facilitate reading as well as page turning. Now it's important to understand that your body is going to move while you are exercise and this may cause your head to bob up and down. So every few pages during your reading, just make sure that you take a break, give your eyes a break in order to eliminate any headache or dizziness that could occur. And that's how you read while working out on an exercise bike. This is Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin. Thank you for watching.


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