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November 2, 2011 11:46 AM
I was wondering if anyone has any personal experience losing weight using a recumbent bike for exercise alone?

For the last week I have used mine 4 days a week, doing about 10 miles per day, and I want to continue with this routine. I am wanting to lose ideally about 60 pounds eventually. I aim to strictly stick to my daily caloric limit also of course too. I hope this will be enough!

Any info and personal experiences with doing this?
  7026295
November 2, 2011 11:49 AM
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  853080
November 2, 2011 11:50 AM
Not sure what your question is. Exercise burns calories. Biking is great exercise.
  10021161
November 2, 2011 11:51 AM
I've been using my Schwinn recumbent more than anything else for exercise since January 1, 2011 and I've lost 120 pounds, as of this week.
November 2, 2011 11:52 AM
I dunno, I heard the body can't burn calories in the recumbent position.
November 2, 2011 11:52 AM
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I dunno, I heard the body can't burn calories in the recumbent position.

Yeah, once you recumb, it's done.
November 2, 2011 11:53 AM
Yeah, I've got one, and also use on at the gym. Eventually you'll need to mix things up though...your body gets used to a certain type of cardio and it becomes less effective, so its a good start, but you will want to add some other things into your routine, like walking/running, or maybe some DVD aerobics (I'm guessing you're planning to work out at home and not join a gym right now?)
November 2, 2011 11:54 AM
QUOTE:

I was wondering if anyone has any personal experience losing weight using a recumbent bike for exercise alone?

For the last week I have used mine 4 days a week, doing about 10 miles per day, and I want to continue with this routine. I am wanting to lose ideally about 60 pounds eventually. I aim to strictly stick to my daily caloric limit also of course too. I hope this will be enough!

Any info and personal experiences with doing this?



I burned 289 calories this morning for a 30 minute ride. It burns calories so I don't see why you won't lose from riding the bike. My goal is to bill up to 1 hour.
  6856386
November 2, 2011 11:55 AM
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I dunno, I heard the body can't burn calories in the recumbent position.


just another reason to include a variety of positions in your workout
November 2, 2011 11:56 AM
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Yeah, I've got one, and also use on at the gym. Eventually you'll need to mix things up though...your body gets used to a certain type of cardio and it becomes less effective, so its a good start, but you will want to add some other things into your routine, like walking/running, or maybe some DVD aerobics (I'm guessing you're planning to work out at home and not join a gym right now?)


Agreed!.... You can easily mix it up on the bike by doing HIIT (High-Intensity-Interval-Training)... Max out for 30 seconds and recover 90 seconds.... I do this on the elliptical. Gives an amazing burn! I started doing this because I've hit a plateau. Hoping I'll be off it by the end of the week. :-)
November 2, 2011 11:56 AM
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QUOTE:

I was wondering if anyone has any personal experience losing weight using a recumbent bike for exercise alone?

For the last week I have used mine 4 days a week, doing about 10 miles per day, and I want to continue with this routine. I am wanting to lose ideally about 60 pounds eventually. I aim to strictly stick to my daily caloric limit also of course too. I hope this will be enough!

Any info and personal experiences with doing this?



I burned 289 calories this morning for a 30 minute ride. It burns calories so I don't see why you won't lose from riding the bike. My goal is to bill up to 1 hour.

How much are you billing per hour? That would be awesome to bill for the time I run.
November 2, 2011 11:59 AM
I've heard that if you burn calories and eat a deficit then you will lose weight. Although, I'm not sure if the calories burned by sweating your ass off peddaling for 10miles would count or not.
November 2, 2011 12:00 PM
I think what you're asking is will this be an intense enough exercise? I would say yes, but you have to be a little more careful not to get lazy about it. If you can adjust resistance to make it tougher, do that. And try not to zone out mentally if you have the tv on (I know how it is, I have a recumbent, too). The advantage for me is that my back does not get nearly as sore as on an upright bike, and it's a nice change from the treadmill (when it's not nice enough to go outside, as we have loooong winters here). My recumbent has a heart rate monitor, so that helps me keep my intensity up. If I think I haven't been biking intensely enough on mine, I often just increase the duration and go for some extra minutes. Calories burned is what you're going for, and a recumbent is better than sitting on the couch any day. I say any exercise is better than nothing.
  10647495
November 2, 2011 12:00 PM
Make sure you wear a helmet, because the weight you lose shouldn't be your brains splattered all over the ground. And bright clothing, people in cars tend to gawk more at recumbent cyclists and they are probably busy texting so you want to be as visible as possible.
But have fun! flowerforyou
  5786445
November 2, 2011 12:01 PM
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I've been using my Schwinn recumbent more than anything else for exercise since January 1, 2011 and I've lost 120 pounds, as of this week.


That's the kind of info I was after, personal experiences doing this. Thanks for sharing! That's good motivation for me, 120 pounds is awesome!

I am a member at a gym too, I just find it more convenient (and admittedly much less intimidating) working out at home. I think i'll try to push myself to go to the gym at least once a week though, and try and increase the frequency as I get more fit and confident.
  7026295
November 2, 2011 12:06 PM
You need to add weight training to your schedule. Cardio alone is not the way to achieving a healthy weight and a healthy body composition(more muscle than fat). Obviously, that is because weight training builds muscle. The more muscle mass you have, the better your metabolism is and hence, you burn more fat. Even more important is the fact tht weight loss almost definitely implies muscle loss and unless you are weight training, you are going to end up being "thin fat" which means that although your weight/BMI etc might be under control, you have more fat than muscle and that is never a good thing. I circuit train 50% of the time...this keeps my heart rate elevated(cardio) and builds strength. The other 50% I dedicate to the cardio machines.
Edited by krithsai On November 2, 2011 12:06 PM
November 2, 2011 12:12 PM
killagb,

Thanks for your informative responses. Your condescending sarcasm and ability to quickly point out typing mistakes ("bill", instead of "build") makes everyone feel welcome, confident, and overall just thankful to have been blessed with your presence.

Keep doing whatever makes you feel good about yourself.
  10639616
November 2, 2011 12:13 PM
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I've been using my Schwinn recumbent more than anything else for exercise since January 1, 2011 and I've lost 120 pounds, as of this week.


That's the kind of info I was after, personal experiences doing this. Thanks for sharing! That's good motivation for me, 120 pounds is awesome!

I am a member at a gym too, I just find it more convenient (and admittedly much less intimidating) working out at home. I think i'll try to push myself to go to the gym at least once a week though, and try and increase the frequency as I get more fit and confident.


I hope you can let go of the "intimidated by the gym" mentality. There are plenty of unfit people there who are much larger than you, and most people aren't going to judge you at the gym when you're obviously there to improve your health! I think that's a misconception a lot of people have that everyone at the gym is skinny, mean and just waiting to point and laugh!
November 2, 2011 12:16 PM
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killagb,

Thanks for your informative responses. Your condescending sarcasm and ability to quickly point out typing mistakes ("bill", instead of "build") makes everyone feel welcome, confident, and overall just thankful to have been blessed with your presence.

Keep doing whatever makes you feel good about yourself.

Will do! Thanks for the kind words! I feel inspired to keep it up!
November 2, 2011 12:21 PM
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Make sure you wear a helmet, because the weight you lose shouldn't be your brains splattered all over the ground. And bright clothing, people in cars tend to gawk more at recumbent cyclists and they are probably busy texting so you want to be as visible as possible.
But have fun! flowerforyou


**picturing the OP carefully putting on a helmet and bright clothing on her stationary recumbent bike, so as not to get creamed by people in cars**

I automatically assumed she was talking about a stationary bike, but if I'm wrong, my post makes no sense, either.

**literally giggling so hard I have tears in my eyes**
Edited by jayliospecky On November 2, 2011 12:46 PM
  10647495
November 2, 2011 12:43 PM
Exercise is a wonderful thing.

You can choose any one you want, and the results will echo the effort you put into it.

If you sit and peddle like grandma, then you will get a body like gramma.

If you sit and peddle like Lance Armstrong...

Cheers,
November 2, 2011 12:50 PM
I'm a HUGE fan of the recumbant bike. Mine is awesome, and I use it most days, and yes I've lost weight.

It's like any exercise: You'll get out of it what you put into it. I put a LOT of effort into my recumbant bike rides.
  8888309
November 2, 2011 3:26 PM
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I was wondering if anyone has any personal experience losing weight using a recumbent bike for exercise alone?

For the last week I have used mine 4 days a week, doing about 10 miles per day, and I want to continue with this routine. I am wanting to lose ideally about 60 pounds eventually. I aim to strictly stick to my daily caloric limit also of course too. I hope this will be enough!

Any info and personal experiences with doing this?



I burned 289 calories this morning for a 30 minute ride. It burns calories so I don't see why you won't lose from riding the bike. My goal is to bill up to 1 hour.

How much are you billing per hour? That would be awesome to bill for the time I run.


Good one! I meant to type build! Damn Damn Damn
  6856386
November 2, 2011 4:02 PM
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I was wondering if anyone has any personal experience losing weight using a recumbent bike for exercise alone?

For the last week I have used mine 4 days a week, doing about 10 miles per day, and I want to continue with this routine. I am wanting to lose ideally about 60 pounds eventually. I aim to strictly stick to my daily caloric limit also of course too. I hope this will be enough!

Any info and personal experiences with doing this?



I burned 289 calories this morning for a 30 minute ride. It burns calories so I don't see why you won't lose from riding the bike. My goal is to bill up to 1 hour.

How much are you billing per hour? That would be awesome to bill for the time I run.


Good one! I meant to type build! Damn Damn Damn


See, I agree this is funny. There was a typo, and it made for a cute joke. The person who committed the typo got it. I got it. Not everything is meant as an insult. We don't need to assume a person is being mean.
  10647495
November 2, 2011 4:11 PM
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Don't worry about the trolls with the smart ass comments that live on these message boards. The recumbant bike is a great way to burn calories and you'll be fine. Just stick with it and work hard.


Since when is having a sense of humor, "trolling?"

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