OK, I know that title sounds a little bit dramatic but bear with me!
I originally wanted a foldaway exercise bike because I thought being able to fold it away and just get it out whenever I fancied a go on it would be ideal so I spend ages looking for a bike that would (a) fold away when I wasn’t using it (b) not cost an absolute fortune and finally (c) be ready for delivery soon after I ordered it.
I ended up buying one from Amazon because it was the only place I could find one that was portable, on budget and available for next day delivery. This is the one I bought although the price seems to change for it on a regular basis as I paid £145.99 for mine (aff). It’s nothing flash but it tells me the time I’ve been on, the distance I’ve cycled and the number of calories burned and has eight levels of resistance which I think is all you really need from an exercise bike if you ask me. Also, it does fold down but it’s still quite chunky and far from lightweight so if you do want to be able to fold it up and pop it away when you’re not using it then this one isn’t the one for you. 😂
To be fair though, even though that feature was top of my own wishlist, I’ve never actually even considered folding it away as the beauty of it to me is that it’s set up in our spare room and I can just hop on whenever I have a few minutes spare.
I start my day with ten minutes on there and usually have 5km down before I start work and then throughout the day I might jump on if I’m on a call that I don’t need to be at my laptop for and then in the early evening I’ll usually do another 20-30 minutes session while I’m watching YouTube or listening to music.
I’m not trying to say that I’m a fitness fanatic or that I’m covering huge distances each day but for me, it’s a big change and I’ve been doing it for long enough now that I’m confident that it’s not a fad that I’m going to just stop doing. I took screenshots of some of the Google searches I did in the first week of getting the bike because I thought it might make an interesting post and the answers might encourage other people to start – here’s a couple of them… 😂😂
How long to lose a pound using an exercise bike?
So, apparently you need to burn off an excess 3,500 calories to lose a pound of fat, I burn off around 110 calories in my 10 minute morning and mid-afternoon sessions and 305 calories in my longer evening session. So that means that it takes around a week to lose a pound based on that schedule.
Is Cycling on a Stationary bike good for weight loss?
I discovered that riding an exercise bike is absolutely brilliant for burning calories and body fat as well as strengthening your heart, lungs, and muscles. It puts less stress on your joints, but it still provides an excellent aerobic workout which I’m discovering that it’s the easiest form of exercise that I can do.
Is cycling on a stationary bike better than running?
You do burn more calories and body fat when you’re running because you use more muscles but if you’re anything like I am, you’ll be able to exercise for much longer on your bike than you would manage if you were running so in that sense it is better. Also, you don’t need to leave your house and be reliant on the weather to use an exercise bike so again, you’re likely to do more for longer.
Looking at my Google searches, you can absolutely tell why I wanted an exercise bike, can’t you? And it’s working, slowly but surely the weight I want to shift is starting to move so in that sense, it’s doing exactly what I wanted it to do so it’s been a good buy!
But aside from the weight loss benefits, it’s also been really good for my overall well-being as I definitely feel better after I’ve had a session on there. I’ve heard so many times that exercise releases good feelings but in the past, I’ve been way too tired after exercising to enjoy whatever good feelings were released so I thought that was just a rumour started by fit people. 😂
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