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Old 03-24-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
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stationary bike

Hello to everyone. I was wondering is it better to work out on a stationary bike at a resistance as 7 and burn about 480 calories in an hour. or is it better to set the resistance higher and go slower. Also, what parts of the body does the stationary bike workout? And is the stationary bike help with losing weight if you are eating healthy? Thank you to anyone who has tips and advice.

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Old 03-25-2009, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re: stationary bike

I too am using a stationary bike for my weight loss,and I find what I focus on more, and has been most successful, has been my heart rate and distance. I am a beginning biker, and so I like to maintain a heart rate above 130, and go for fifteen miles, which often comes out to around an hour and a half (with the first mile of warm up and last two miles of cool down, aka slower speeds). Once I get used to a certain distance, and it starts being too easy, or going by too quickly, I up the distance. This has allowed me to lose about 1.5 pounds a week, which is a success, for me.

Hope that this helps!

Old 03-25-2009, 12:39 PM   #3
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Re: stationary bike

I agree that you don't want it to become too easy for you, so you will need to switch it up. I'd also consider doing intervals. Try going at a fast pace at low resistance for a few minutes, than raise the resistance and go slower, and keep alternating. This will keep the workout interesting and will keep your muscles challenged. You can also alternate by the day. One day you might want to do less resistance, one day maybe more. Mixing it up is a good way to go if you are wanting to lose weight. You should have no problem losing weight with the bike and your healthy diet. Good luck to you!

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