Exercise Bike or Treadmill: Which is Better?

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It’s general knowledge that we burn more calories through rigorous physical exercise. Fitness enthusiasts love stationary exercise bikes and treadmills. (Perhaps because they utilise the least space.) Between these two weight loss equipment, which one is advantageous? At Primo Fitness, we believe in educating clients. We’ll take an in-depth look at both and you can then make an informed decision.

 

Exercise bike

Calories Burnt

When you ride the bike for an hour daily, you burn 300 calories. Assuming that you weigh 170 pounds, you will lose 2.5 pounds each week. You could even shed off those unsightly tummy folds faster by working out at higher intensities. There is no substitute for hard work. Weight loss gains are directly proportional to the effort you input.

Knee Joints

Compared to other workout routines (such as jogging and lifting weights), riding a stationary bike isn’t as harsh on your knees. They aren’t subjected to excessive pressure. Even though it gets your heart pumping, no mechanical stress is laid on the ankles, hips, and back. Our instructors recommend starting your weight loss journey on an exercise bike as there’s a lower risk of muscle strain.

Cardiovascular benefits

Riding a stationary bike is one of the most effective cardiovascular exercises. These are workout routines that help keep heart disease at bay. How is it effective? The heart is a muscle. When you exercise, it pumps blood twice as fast and it gets stronger. Riding the bike daily reduces harmful cholesterol – boosting overall health. A few scientific studies suggest that cycling every day may extend life.

Treadmill

Help lose belly fat

This is undoubtedly the best exercise for losing belly fat. Gym instructors claim that it’s more effective at burning visceral fat when compared to other cardio exercises. How’s this beneficial? You will end up with a smaller waist after exercising regularly.

Long-term advantages

Stubborn belly fat isn’t called stubborn for nothing! It keeps coming back. Once you’ve shrunk your waist, jogging on the treadmill will keep love handles away – for good. According to a study conducted by the University of Alabama last year, participants maintained leaner waists even after gaining minimal weight.

Precautions

First time practising on a treadmill? Talk to a trainer beforehand. This is a high-impact routine and may cause muscle (or joint) injury when performed incorrectly. What’s the recommended routine? Start at a slow pace and slowly work your way to the higher levels. Just like a machine, your body needs to warm up. Don’t push too hard (or run too fast) when starting out. It’s detrimental. Start with a brisk walk instead. Slowly introduce short bursts of jogging complemented by brisk walks. End each workout with a cool down session.

Conclusion

Whereas both are effective weight loss equipment’s, they must be supplemented by a healthy lifestyle. No amount of jogging will cancel out two large pizzas every day. The most effective weight loss routine is one that is in line with your nutritionist’s guidelines. Again, visceral fat is brought by stress and poor sleeping habits. Consider attending yoga clause or meditation.

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