My suggestion is to vary your routine regularly, so that you're not doing the same thing in the same way all the time. I wouldn't consider one form of cardio better than another. What matters most is that the workout is challenging and you enjoy it. So if you like riding your bike and it can get your heart rate high enough to be a cardio workout, then it's fine to incorporate that into your routine.
Hope that helps,
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722 9/18/13 5:08 P
I haven't been on a regular bike in 14 years and the bike I have is the one that I got when I was 12 years old (so it's now 20 years old). When I went off to college, I left my bike at my parents house (since I was at a small college) and never got around to getting it back. My parents brought me my bike when they visited me for Labor Day weekend. I've added riding my bike into my cardio workout.
I did 3.17 miles today in about 20 minutes. I guess that is considered leisurely (had to slow down to go through intersection). I forgot how much I enjoyed riding my bike, especially now that I put a more comfortable seat so my butt wouldn't get so sore. I know that there are articles that suggest riding a bike after running. I am trying to get into running but I'm not there yet (still in the walk/run phase).
My goal is overall fitness and reduce body fat percentage (to lose the last 15 lbs or so). As of right now, this is my workout each week:
Sunday: full body strength training (30 to 35 minutes) Monday, Wednesday, Friday: run/walk intervals (20 minutes); rowing machine (30 minutes) Tuesday and Thursday: elliptical (50 minutes); full body strength training (30 to 35 minutes) Saturday: maybe my bike
I do my cardio in the morning and the strength training in the afternoon. I've been riding my bike in the afternoon on the days that I am not doing strength training. I really enjoy the rowing machine and would like to keep at least one day on the elliptical. I would like to keep doing the rowing 3 days/week. My strength training consists of lunges, one arm rows, squats, bridges, modified pushups, planks (sometimes modified), etc. As of right now, I still have a gym membership, which may change when I relocate to a new job (currently looking for a job as a wildlife biologist or wildlife technician).
Should I swap out one of my elliptical days for a 50 minuted bike ride? Any suggestions?
As a side note, I do realize that watching what I eat is more important than exercising. And I am continuing to work on my the food aspect of getting healthier.
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