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Which is better, treadmill or exercise bike?


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I have a treadmill (bought new) a couple of years ago. I am embarrassed to say it, but I hardly ever use it ... feels weird for whatever reason after walking on it. I would like to get a stationary bike to use in place of it; considering checking into Play It Again Sports to see if they'd do a trade. I know as long as you do some form of exercise you're benefiting yourself ... so is one better than the other?

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What are your goals?

Weight loss? Fitness improvement?

Eventually to run races or bike them?

Any exercise is better than none at all but the best exercise is the one that you are willing to do regularly.

Bikes (inside or outside) lend themseves more easily to the HIIT format of training which is high on the list of best ways to lose weight and improve fitness. 

But if you like running and want to improve your speed/ endurance the treadmill might be better. Of course you could run outside, depends on your weather etc.

 

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Depends on what your goal is?

First, the one that is best is the one you will actually do, not only do but look forward to doing.  Since both that you mention are indoor exercises I would recommend that you consider adding their outdoor counter-part to your routine since exercising outdoors is fun and has additional benefits, such as Vitamin D production, etc.

Otherwise they are similar with a few differences. 

Running on the Treadmill is a weight baring exercise that will help develop skeletal strength.  This is good.  But it also puts a lot of stress on your lower body's joints, ligaments, etc and because of this you need to build up your time/distance slowly and allow for plenty of recovery to help prevent injuries.  Many runners end up with knee or ankle trouble or other persistent injuries.

Cycling is essentially non weight baring.  Because of this you don't get the benefit you get from a weight baring activity.  But it also allows you to build up your time/distance more quickly.  And because you need less recovery time you are able to do more total exercise per week.  This is good for allowing you to burn more calories and this can make diet/weight loss easier.  And if you are doing it outside instead of on the stationary the speed you are able to ride at helps keep you from overheating of the hot days of summer.

Original Post by trh:

First, the one that is best is the one you will actually do, not only do but look forward to doing.  Since both that you mention are indoor exercises I would recommend that you consider adding their outdoor counter-part to your routine since exercising outdoors is fun and has additional benefits, such as Vitamin D production, etc.

Otherwise they are similar with a few differences. 

Running on the Treadmill is a weight baring exercise that will help develop skeletal strength.  This is good.  But it also puts a lot of stress on your lower body's joints, ligaments, etc and because of this you need to build up your time/distance slowly and allow for plenty of recovery to help prevent injuries.  Many runners end up with knee or ankle trouble or other persistent injuries.

Cycling is essentially non weight baring.  Because of this you don't get the benefit you get from a weight baring activity.  But it also allows you to build up your time/distance more quickly.  And because you need less recovery time you are able to do more total exercise per week.  This is good for allowing you to burn more calories and this can make diet/weight loss easier.  And if you are doing it outside instead of on the stationary the speed you are able to ride at helps keep you from overheating of the hot days of summer.

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Great post!

 

ilovethebeach:

If you opt for the stationary bike, and can afford it, you could look into buying a Schwinn Airdyne Evolution.  I have been using mine for over 3 years.   However, there are many good exercise bikes on the market.  I love the Airdyne because it works both the upper and lower body.

Here are some positives about it:

  1. Because it has handle bars that move you can get a light upper body workout as you spin.  You can even take you feet off the pedals and put them on side rests and just use your arms to turn the spinning wheel.
  2. There is a module that gives several different readouts.  It is suppose to read the chest straps that some HRMs use.  (One of my Airdyne modules read my Polar chest strap, but the other one would not.)
  3. The Airdyne bike, although somewhat noisy, is still much quieter than the older gold Airdyne that I bought 25 years ago.
  4. It is well-built and should give years of quality service.
  5. The air-resistant fan nature of the drag provides excellent cooling off as one spins.
  6. I have mine close to the TV so I can plug in my earphones and listen and watch TV while I spin.
  7. Maybe a place that sells Airdynes or any other exercise bikes would accept your treadmill as a trade-in?

Good luck on whatever you choose to do.  But, by all means, get to exercising!  LOL!

Airdyne Evolution

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