Personally, I don't do mileage tracking for any indoor exercis, either the bike or the treadmill. I MUCH prefer being out iun the fresh air, and I bike and walk all year. As long as it is sunny and above 40, it is biking weather!. I ust the mapping tool for my rides and walks (love that thing) but if I am hiking there is no way to accurately get mileage. Of course, whatever works best for you, but I use the drop-down menu for the stationaray bike.
Update... I found the heart monitor cord that goes with my exercise bike and according to that I'm only burning about half the calories that SP was giving me for the same amount of exercise. It's a little disappointing, but now I now why I wasn't often able to lose the 2 lbs a week I was shooting for the last time I was exercising regularly and lost 40 lbs. Thanks for your comments all. A HRT definately makes a difference!
Fitness Minutes: (45,158)
1,475 8/17/11 8:39 A
Only real way to track your calories burned is getting yourself a HRM. The calories calculated on those machines are not accurate. So if you can, I would invest in a HRM, it has been the best investment I have made! Good luck, and keep it up!
I really don't know... which was the basis of my question... it just seemed that it was b/c it gave a more detailed estimate of calories burned. Whereas when I logged it using the Stationary Bike method, it shows the same amount of calories for that same amount of time... the Cycling method of logging took into account speed as well as time.
The reality is there is not way to compare the two forms of workout accurately, there are too many variables. Spinning comes closer to cycling than a stationary bike does but even spinning has some variables compared to cycling. With the stationary bike there is only a very limited demand made on your core since you do not have to balance, it is essentially a leg exercise with a cardio benefit. On a spinning bike when you do standing sprints you involve the core but not the same as with cycling.
Cycling has variable to which you and your body are required to adjust meaning you are doing more work. When I cycle 8 miles in 30 minutes I am confronted with wind resistance, rolling friction, uneven terrain and the requirement to change gears to maintain a proper cadence. Is a stationary bike a decent cardio workout? Yes it is but it is not the same quality workout that cycling is. In the winter my bike goes on an indoor trainer and I attempt to replicate all of the variables of cycling.
Given the option, my bike comes out of the shed and I am on the road until the weather gets to harsh to contend with here in Minnesota. In my opinion, a stationary bike is mindless drudgery overlayed with a large dose of boredom.
Fitness Minutes: (37,121)
18 8/17/11 12:35 A
This is all about finding something you will make a habit of that keeps you moving. If I didn't have a lot of time or the weather wasn't cooperating, I'd do the elliptical. But nothing beats a nice ride outside on a beautiful day. :)
The stationary bike is safer and you get just as good a workout!
Fitness Minutes: (53,310)
1,117 8/16/11 11:58 P
I have to agree with Coach Nancy. Consistency is key. I ride a stationary bike since starting with SP. It is the one exercise that I seldom ever miss. What is important to me is distance and time. I try to do 30 miles a day in about 100 minutes. I never look to see how many calories I burn.
Having been hit twice by a cars when ridding my bike in Phoenix, AZ has moved me to stay indoors and ride the stationary bike. I avoid doing intervals because of my knees. Like I say, time and distance is what counts. Last month I did 849 miles. Consistency is what counts.
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
46,222 8/16/11 7:09 P
They both allow you to use your muscles in a different manner, so I would not focus so much on which one burns the most calories, but the one you feel you can do on a consistent basis. If that is both, than I say enjoy cross training between the two.
i am new starting to exercise wondering which is better to bike outside or use my elliptical
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
46,222 8/16/11 6:59 P
I would use the stationary bike option. Exercise equipment, unless meticulously maintained, can have a margin of error for calories burned, even distance by as much as 25%, so you may be overestimating your calories burned. A more accurate means would be to invest in a heart rate monitor that has a cycling option. This way you can get the most accurate means for you.
I see that that have a milage tracker now and I am wondering if I should log my stationary bike minutes in the MILEAGE tracker which takes into account not only how long you ride but how far/fast you traveled. When I log my stationary bike activity both ways it appeared that the MILEAGE tracker was more accurate as to the amount of calories burned. My stationary bike uses arm motion as well as air resistance so I am unsure which way would be most accurate. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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