Treadmills vs. stationary bikes

My mom gave me a stationary bike. She said that I should quit being a coach potato and instead of just lying down while watching my favorite show, I should work out on a stationary bike for just 15 minutes a day.

Good advice, I just hope I will have the discipline to be consistent in doing it.

I used to have a tread mill before. It was a cheap $100+ tread mill. I only got to use it for several times and then I have to sell it to the local junk shop. (It broke down in just a few months of use) I vowed to myself that the next time I buy a treadmill, I will buy the more expensive, electronic driven treadmill.

But now that I have a stationary bike, (and I got it for free) there’s no need for me to buy another treadmill.

I’ve always wondered which is more effective in burning fat, treadmills or a stationary bikes?

I searched for information on the internet and I came across an article by Jim Stoppani written last Sept 2004 entitled “From lab to gym: treadmill vs. bike”


According to him, British scientists recently tested the difference between a treadmill and a stationary bike as to which can burn fat more easily. They found out that the subjects of the study burned the most fat when they jogged on a treadmill at about 70% of their maximum heart rate.

The article continues that “This burned about 40 grams of fat per hour of exercise. Going above or below this intensity burned significantly less fat, as did pedaling on a stationary cycle, regardless of the intensity.”

Quite interesting hugh ? So should I junk my bike? Of course not, anyway I got it for free. Hopefully I’ll pedal my way to loosing weight, perhaps I could prove that the study is incorrect.

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One Response to Treadmills vs. stationary bikes

  1. Iris says:

    Motivation is problem for a lot of people. Working out at home can be unmotivational so I suggest a gym membership that offers a lot of variety in cardio equipments and free weights. Make it a habit to go to the gym straight from work. Give yourself 45 – 60 minutes, 4 – 5 times per week to getting in shape. Make this a regular habit and don’t give yourself any excuses.

    Instead of dangerous diet pills, I suggest taking antioxidants. Scientific studies have shown that antioxidants such as l-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, conjugated linoleic acid, green tea, chromium picolinate not only fights off free radical cells, anti-aging, prevent cancers, but also help with loosing weight.

    Basically, eat right, exercise daily and take your vitamin supplements and you’ll lose weight. I know it’s easier said than done.

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