Nowadays many people prefer to exercise at home using various exercise equipments; including the treadmill and the exercise bike. Although both of these machines are excellent cardio equipments; selecting the right one may be confusing. So, which versatile exercise equipment to buy for your home gym – treadmill or exercise bike? Basically it all depends on the workout requirements, health conditions and fitness goals of the individual.
Maintaining a regular fitness routine at home is difficult; due to absence of personal trainers to provide instructions and inspiration. Many people also feel lonely and get bored after some time. Hence, the following details will help you to take the right decision. Anyway, you should mainly concentrate on the safety; effectiveness of the workout; and the duration of using the fitness equipment.
Although there are various exercise equipments for cardio workouts, you can actually burn more calories on a treadmill. Generally, people burn about 750 calories per hour on a treadmill. Whereas they just burn about 550 calories per hour on an exercise bike. However, exercise bikes are more exciting than treadmills, and therefore people tend to use it for a longer period.
Although people burn more calories on a treadmill, they are relatively boring and hence people may use them for a short time. Also it is easy to workout for 20 minutes on an exercise bike; compared to the same time on a treadmill. So, instead of exercising for 10 minutes on a treadmill you can just use the exercise bike for 20 minutes, and thus burn more calories.
Further many exercise bikes include different workout plans. They allow you to select a fixed speed program for running and pedaling up the hill; or set a random speed program to exercise at different levels. The latest models recumbent bikes can also be connected to a television to view and follow an exercise routine. You can use a recumbent bike, and simultaneously read a newspaper or magazine; remotely handle a video game, or converse on the telephone. This will help to save your time, do multiple tasks and also make the exercise bike workout interesting.
However reading is not possible on a treadmill as you keep bouncing up and down. Walking at different speeds on a treadmill is boring, but walking uphill is different and challenging. You can anyway watch television while using the treadmills and make your workout less boring.
The main difference between treadmills and exercise bikes is the overall safety to your body. There are many chances of falling off while exercising on a treadmill. You may take a wrong step, or spill water or sweat on the treadmill track and thus slip off. On the contrary, it is unlikely and very difficult to fall down from an exercise bike. Also these full cardio workout exercise bikes are comparatively less stressful on your joints. Finally, both of these exercise machines help to burn lots of calories and thus enhance your overall fitness.