Pedaling a stationary bike leads to a faster calorie burn than walking.
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Knowing the rate at which different exercises burn calories is integral to losing weight or just maintaining a healthy body. Although every form of aerobic exercise leads to a series of health benefits, it can be difficult to lose weight if your aerobic workout solely consists of a slow-paced exercise. Two healthy forms of exercise are riding a stationary bike and walking. The former exercise, however, burns calories at a notably quicker rate.
Pedaling Away the Calories
The key to maximizing your workout on the stationary bike is to maintain an elevated tempo. This exercise can contribute to a rapid calorie burn, but not if you pedal slowly. HealthStatus reports a 140-pound person burns 223 calories pedaling at a moderate pace for 30 minutes and 361 calories pedaling vigorously for 30 minutes. A 180-pound person burns 286 and 464 calories, respectively, during the two workouts.
Take Steps Toward a Slimmer Body
As is the case with pedaling a stationary bike, the calories you'll burn while walking depend on the pace you sustain. A 140-pound person burns just 88 calories during a 30-minute walk at 2 mph. If this person increases her pace to 3 or 4 mph for 30 minutes, however, she burns 139 or 164 calories, respectively. During the three 30-minute walks at 2, 3 and 4 mph, a 180-pound person burns 113, 178 or 211 calories, respectively.
Make Exercise a Priority
Don't be tempted to cut short your workouts on the stationary bike because of its quick calorie burn. Creating or maintaining a healthy body isn't the result of one short workout; exercising several days per week is the key. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-tempo cardiovascular exercise per week for a long list of significant health benefits, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you want to build an even healthier body, a minimum of 300 minutes per week is ideal.
Choose What Works For You
You don't have to choose between stationary biking or walking to get your weekly amount of cardio exercise. Spending time performing each activity helps avoid the boredom that can occur when you exercise in only one way. Walking has a relatively low impact to your joints, but pedaling a bike creates virtually no impact. As such, this exercise might be more comfortable if you frequently experience lower-body joint pain. Walking, however, is more convenient than using a stationary bike, and walking is easy to perform around your neighborhood and even during your breaks at work.