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Riding an exercise bike is a great way to burn calories.
If you want your bathroom scales to show a lower number the next time you step on them you will need to burn more calories than you consume. An enjoyable and effective way to do that is by riding an exercise bike for 30 minutes. Ride just five times a week and along with seeing the numbers start to drop on the scales you'll be doing great things for your overall physical and mental well-being. With stationary bicycles, recumbent bikes and spin classes, finding a way to pedal your way to a lighter and healthier you is easier than ever before.
The amount of calories burned when biking for 30 minutes depends on your level of effort.
Scales, Weight and Math
A pound of fat is equivalent to about 3,500 calories. In order to budge a pound, we need to burn off 3,500 more calories than we take in. That can be done by diet alone. For example, by eating 500 fewer calories a day we could expect to drop one pound in a week. Another way is to burn fat through exercise. Harvard Medical School reports a 155-pound person can burn about 260 calories riding an exercise bike for just 30 minutes. A 125-pound person would burn 210 calories in the same workout, while an 185-pound person would burn 311 calories.
A Tenth of a Pound at a Time
While that amounts to less than one-tenth of a pound per ride, the cumulative effects of working out on an exercise bike are compelling. Both the Department of Health and Human Services and the American Heart Association recommend 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week for optimal health. Five rides on an exercise bike each week will meet those guidelines and help gradually whittle down the weight.
Consider Your Diet
The Mayo Clinic recognizes it is easier to lose weight through dietary changes than through exercise. It is easier to pass on a bowl of ice cream than to work out. However, even if you made no changes to your usual food plan, riding an exercise bike just 30 minutes five times a week would help you drop one to two pounds a month. If you eat a healthy diet and exercise, you can expect to lose even more.
Go Faster, Go Farther
There are several variables that impact how many calories you will burn by working out on an exercise bike, like your weight, how long you work out and how hard you work out. You can increase the number of calories you torch by increasing the intensity of your workouts. Once you get used to riding an exercise bicycle, you can try working out for longer periods of time and riding faster. Always check with your health professional before beginning any new exercise program.