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SLYSAM SparkPoints: (39,921)
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9/27/13 1:22 P

I think low impact aerobics will be too intense for this activity as it refers to a full body dance workout where you are just keeping one foot on the ground always as opposed to hopping. This sounds like it would be using limited muscle groups. What I am not sure of is if the intensity is aerobic for you or not. Sometimes people will peddle slowly or walk very slow on a treadmill desk at an intensity that is not aerobic exercise but keeps them moving. In this case it is more light activity vs. moderate or vigorous activity. It really depends on how fast you are peddling though. I agree it would burn less than cycling though, but the slower cycling option sounds reasonable.

KATIERYSZ Posts: 180
9/27/13 9:16 A

Hi everybody! Thanks for your suggestions. I looked at the Low Impact Aerobics and it gave me a reading of 254 calories for 20 minutes, which seemed a little high for what I did. I did some searching and found Biking/Cycling under 10 mph (6 minutes per mile), which gave me a reading of 154 calories for 20 minutes. I'm thinking that's closer to what it actually was, since I feel I didn't do TOO much. My plan is to do this each night while my husband and I are watching a movie. I don't have space for a stationary bike so this option works nice. Plus, if I can get to doing it for the whole 2 hour movie, that'll be a great amount of calories burned! :)

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,730
9/27/13 7:40 A

I'd have to totally agree on the sweating part. For cardio, I walk (hills in my neighborhood, with a 20 lb. pack). If the temperature's cool and it's not humid, I don't get to sweating til right near the end. If it's hot, I start sweating right away. And if it's humid, I drip buckets of sweat for up to 15 minutes after I've finished. Exact same workout, exact same time. Just different weather.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,282
9/27/13 12:07 A

With stationary cycling, you are really working out against the resistance of the machine - your body weight is largely irrelevant.

Most people burn between 6 and 10 calories per minute exercising, with 6 being on the moderate end, and 10 on the more vigorous end.

For an under-desk cycle, where you are likely concentrating on something else, probably about 5-6 calories per minute is a reasonable figure.

I agree with Dragonchilde - sweating is more an indicator of the environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, air movement, clothing, etc) than workout intensity. Heart rate and breathing are better indicators.

M@L

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9/26/13 10:44 P

Well, sweat is no indicator of effort; it just means you were probably in a place where you have adequate air flow and weren't getting hot.

Honestly though, I can't imagine that's going to be a big calorie burner; you're not engaging much. It's definitely not cycling; cycling involves your whole body. I might go with the generic "low impact aerobics" option in this case.

KATIERYSZ Posts: 180
9/26/13 9:42 P

Hello! I bought an under desk cycle similar to this one. http://m.brookstone.com/webassets/product_
images/700x700/800993p.jpg. I have no idea how to "count" it as exercise. I did it for 20 minutes and did not break a sweat. I entered it in on sparkpeople as cycling at it told me I burned 154 calories. Could this be right? I'm 346 pounds and 5'11".

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