Lose Weight with a Stationary Bike

When it comes to shaping, toning and losing weight – the exercise bike is an ideal choice. It is extremely convenient to purchase and keep an exercise bike at home. The models vary and you can get the one that is best suited to your lifestyle and preferences. There is the standard exercise bike that requires you sit straight up and pedal in a downwards motion. The racing exercise bike that encourages you to lean forward with your back on a diagonal angle, virtually racing. The third type, my personal favorite, is the recumbant bike that reduces a great deal of the strain that can be put on your back while allowing you to pedal in a forward motion with your legs extended in front of you.

While the recumbant bike feels and seems easier than the other two types of exercise bikes, it’s important to note that a recumbant bike is not as easy to pedal because pedaling forward does not utilize gravity to assist you. Biking actually burns more calories per minute than walking. For example, 45 minutes of biking can burn as much as if not more than walking for 90 minutes.

If you want to use an exercise bike in order to burn calories and fat, spurring weight loss, then your exercise bike needs to be your friend. You’ll want to use it on a regular basis. The goal of weight loss is supported by regular, consistent activity that helps you burn more calories than you consume. You may be full of enhtusiasm when you first purchase the exercise equipment, but it is better to build up a regular program even if you can only start slow in the beginning.

It’s also worth mentioning that cardio exercise like a stationary bike can be performed as often as six days a week. You do need at least one day of formal rest. So if you decide to invest in a stationary bike – start off t 10 to 15 minutes a day and add five minutes to that routine each week until you build up to 30 to 45 minutes a day. My stationary bike, like my treadmill, is set up in front of the television.

During my daily breaks around lunchtime, I can go for a treadmill walk or a ride on the stationary bike. It takes less than 30 minutes and I can entertain my mind by watching a favorite program or an inspirational DVD. There are also plenty of biking DVDs out there that provide you with scenery and inspiring music.

While doing a home workout with a stationary bike is great for any weight loss program – you should also engage in resistance or weight training either with hand weights or exercise bands. This can help you to shape and tone – and remember muscle burns more calories than fat – so if you are interested in a comfortable and fun cardio machine that helps with your fat burning – the exercise bike is a great choice.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.