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Stationary Bike VS. Treadmill (walking)

I was wondering if anyone could share their thoughts on these two forms of exercise. What benefits do you get from each? Is one form better than the other? etc. It seems that I "burn more calories" on the bike, but I spend much more time on the treadmill, should I reverse these? Thanks in advance!

Tue. Jun 12, 3:26pm

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Whichever you like more, and work harder at, do that. If you ride the bike hard, but walk leisurely on the treadmill, then the bike is better. But if you mix up walking/jogging, or incline/flat powerwalking, and feel like you're working harder at that than on a bike, then treadmill is better.

I like the treadmill better b/c I can mix it up - walk really steep for a bit (good for the buns), then run a bit, then powerwalk, etc. On a bike, I tend to zone out and just kinda pedal. But, that's just me.

It's great that you're doing it! That is more important than which piece of equipment you choose, unless you have special needs or injuries.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 5:26 PM

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Actually mixing it up is better than maintaining one pace for an extended period of time. I'd do both. Probably start out on the bike and do some intervals and then cool down on the treadmill - or vice versa

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 7:55 PM

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Treadmill VS bike

Depends on what benies your looking for. The bike does not do as good of a job with bone density. Walking is better for that.Also in tests run on PERSEIVED(sp) EFFORT the treadmill rated the best. In other words people were able to workout harder on the treadmill then on the bike or rowing machine or stepper without feeling like they were working out that hard. But I think the previous comment is best. Stay with the one you will use!!!

Monday, July 02, 2007, 2:10 PM

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 11:31 PM

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I think cross training is more helpful than sticking with one kind of exercise, unless you can mix it up on one machine (like 5:26 described). Biking/walking uses a lot of opposing leg muscles, so doing both can help you be more balanced.
That may not be helpful, if you're just looking for either/or. I find walking (I don't use a treadmill) far easier to get started with than my bike, but I pull out the bike about once a week for fun.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 11:57 PM

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