Post # 1
So. I have been trying to increase my fitness after feeling lousy and having no stamina for so long. I also want to lose about 5kg – I have a podgy stomach and jiggly legs and bum that Im not happy with.
Im wondering if anyone has had any success using an exercise bike? Fiance thinks it won’t do anything unless Im doing spin..and that 30 minutes wouldn’t be enough, but I would think it would help some and at least tone my legs and bum as long as there was some intensity to it?
Post # 2
I was injured while training for a half marathon and took to biking for my workouts because it was the only cardio that didn’t hurt, and I felt like it actually maintained my fitness level fairly well. I was not just chilling and casually biking, though, I was working pretty hard for 45-60 min. I do think it can be a great way to get fit if you are at the right intensity level!
Post # 3
Cycling for 30 minutes is Okay but you’re not going to see results the way you would with strength training activities like weightlifting. You’re just not going to be creating the muscle you’re expecting with that kind of low-resistance cardio.
Post # 4
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Weight loss is 80% diet 20% exercise. Riding the bike will be great, but it all starts with what you eat.
Post # 5
Thanks for replying 🙂 It would hopefully be in addition to other things. I was swimming (granted only 250m) twice a week but now its too cold for that and so I (aim to) walk every 2nd day. I get really good and then my motivation and interest falls off. When I go, I do 1.5 km and have started adding in a jog 100-200 m.
I thought the bike would be good for when I am motivated but not motivated enough. If I got one where you can increase the resistance? I figure I could pedal and read. But I dont want to spend $100s for no result at all.
Diet-wise, I eat reasonably well but could improve. I just really want to work on my physical fitness (I did have another thread where I thought maybe something was wrong with me but Ive had a bunch of tests and everything is normal except an unexplained b12 deficiency).
Post # 6
Spinning is my favorite form of exercise. Some classes do a little arm weight action at the end. I don’t think I’m able to get a good workout if I spin while reading or watching tv. I live in a podunk town so there are only about 2 spin classes a day so I bought my own spin bike off of Amazon for $250 and use the Peloton app on my phone for classes.
Post # 7
Unless you are doing a very intense workout…we are talking 75-95% of your heart rate max and doing sprint intervals you are not going to see results from an exercise bike. Most people are not comfortable working out at that rate because it is not comfortable. on top of that biking is just cardio and you will not tone and strenghten your legs or core that way. You should tackle your lack of motivation first and really consider if you are ready to loose weight. There is no easy way to do it, it takes determination and will power
Post # 8
What spin bike did you buy? I was looking at them on Amazon, too.
Post # 9
I’m a believer in strength > cardio. Ultimately, you want to do both. Even if you don’t want to go to a gym and lift heavy, Pinterest has a ton of bodyweight workouts you can do. I really like bodyweight stuff because it’s really hard to come up with an excuse not to do it. It’s so convenient!
Muscle is denser than fat, so even if you don’t ‘lose weight’ you’ll look fitter and more toned. Oh, and the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. It’s a win/win!
Post # 10
I think if you went to an actual spin CLASS its a good way to lose weight. Whenever I try to bike on my own I never push myself hard enough and its quite a lazy workout ( and I LOVE to workout)
Try finding a gym that offers a variety of classes and can help motivate you! Also- if you are pedaling slow enough to be able to read and concentrate on a book you are not going to be working hard enough on the bike to make any sort of difference
Also I second eveyrone who says to lift- I am a cardo junkie and was doing HIIT ( high intensity interval training) but I didnt see major changes in my body ( good definition) until I started crossfit
Post # 11
Important thing is to pick something you enjoy, whether it’s a stationary bike or eliptical or taking a spin class or yoga class or joining a sports team. The more you enjoy something, the more likely you are to keep at it. Good luck!
Post # 12
I think an exercise bike can be fine if you push yourself, but I agree with the PP that if you are able to read a book while you’re on it, you’re probably not pushing yourself enough. This is why I like audio books and/or pod casts when I’m on an eliptical (my machine of choice).
Post # 13
I bought the Sunny SF-B1423. There are a bunch of different Sunny bikes on Amazon. I researched FOREVER and couldn’t really tell the difference between bikes, although I felt I wanted a belt instead of a chain simply because of noise. I also wanted a heavier wheel. I’ve only had it for a couple months. I like it a lot – the pedals are not SPD-able, so for now I just use my sneakers with the cage. I will eventually get new pedals so I can wear my spin shoes. It was easy to put together, I actually did it myself.
Post # 14
The bike has worked great for my mother (who is older and has some knee problems and issues with her ankle due to a bad break years back), she’s lost over 50 lbs with that combined with a dietary changes, but she was also morbidly obese, so any form of exercise is probably going to be amplified as far as results go. If you’re only looking to lose 5 kg, I’m guessing you’re not overweight, so you’ll have to try a bit harder to lose.
I think the bike is fine if you enjoy it but should probably be mixed with some strength training as well.
Post # 15
People swear by spin, but I did SoulCycle every single day for an entire summer and was still heavier than I wanted to be. Tbf, it was the summer I was studying for the bar and I went to the beach almost every single weekend, so I was sitting on my ass in the library all week and drinking all weekend. Maybe it was diet (not what I like to hear, haha).