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Old 10-12-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
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Question only using a stationary bike???

So I'm finally ready to accept that losing weight is going to take more than just eating right... I've been in denial I guess. I've been dieting now for over 11 years and I'm so tired. Just plain tired. I must say I HATE exercise, I've tried any and every form of it looking for something I enjoy but I just don't. So I've been trying to lose weight with diet alone and sure I lose some but then one bad weekend sets me back weeks.. it's frustrating. So after much depression and soul searching I know I have to include exercise and make it a lifestyle change along with eating better. So I was burnt out on my treadmill so I bought a stationary bike thinking I'd enjoy the change of exercise. I guess my question is, is a stationary bike enough to help with the weightloss? I did an 55 min on it today and I actually enjoyed it, watched tv while peddling away and the time flew by, it was easier than the treadmill for sure and I burned more calories in half the time! that was amazing. So does anyone here just use their stationary bike for exercise and have sucessful weight loss with it?
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:42 PM   #2
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I lost all of my weight using only a stationary bike (mine is a recumbent bike) probably 3-4 times a week. I was almost completely sedentary before I started using the bike, so that relatively little bit of exercise was a whole lot more than I had been getting. I joined the Y about six months ago, and I now exercise much more. But the bike was the only exercise I did while losing. For whatever reason, I tended not to ride as long when I watched TV. But if I had a good book, I would ride much longer, without ever stopping to check the clock.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:49 PM   #3
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My mom used a gazelle and lost weight using it while watching tv. It sounds like you have found something that works for you.

I do have to say I recommend weights and I'd look into adding some weight resistance exercises as well. You could use resistance bands and use them while watching tv as well.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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Some exercise and an exercise you will stick to , is better than no exercise ... Keep up the great work...

I definitely agree with nelie that you should incorporate weight training... It's another type or exercise that is easily done in front of the tv...
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:40 AM   #5
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I honestly think stationary biking is the best I have been doing it I put on my ipod on high and ignore everything and everyone and when i realize it an hour has passed by and I have been sweating like he oinker that i am...and feel energized...love it
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Agree with Ilene. Exercise you can stick with and do consistently is better than doing none. Is bike alone enough? Yes. I've lost weight doing just stationary bike as my main exercise because I was so heavy that I couldn't effectively walk or do other forms of exercise because the stress on my knees.

Having said that, if you are looking for the most effective way to lose weight, adding some strength training will be good. But start with the bike and get in the habit of exercising regularly. As you see progress you may want to add other forms of exercise in the future.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:38 AM   #7
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Just chiming in here, that yes, the stationary bike worked for me. At my highest weight, I began with speed walking, but it was too much & too soon -- I immediately ran into foot problems due to undiagnosed-until-then arthritic joints in my big toes & a nasty, still-with-me case of plantar fasciitis on my left foot. The doctor ordered me off my feet, so I turned to the bike. That ended up being great. My endurance improved, I lost & then maintained weight loss & my legs muscled up. My feet are doing somewhat better now but my left foot remains iffy, so I still spend at least three days out of seven on the bike -- more if the foot starts "speaking up" a lot.

My problems with the bike have nothing to do with the workout it gives me. Two things annoy me about it:

1) Friction. Despite padded bike shorts, I sometimes get a sore butt.

2) Boredom. I need very propulsive music on the iPod, constantly refreshed, and some visual stimulation of soundless TV.

I can't read on the bike. Kudos to those who can. I set the resistance pretty high & like to keep my peddling at a certain rpm, and between the two, all I can do is focus on is the workout.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:32 PM   #8
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thank you all so much for the encouragement! the bike must be doing something for me because I pulled myself out of bed at 4 am this morning to hop on it before work and this is all new to me, lol I just hope the weightloss follows, I've been doing really well on portion control so that with the added exercise should help.
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