Treadmill or bicycle...

@howard96h (11643)
New York, New York
March 13, 2007 1:09am CST
If you have to choose between buying a treadmill or stationary bicycle which one would you buy? Is one of these excercise equipments better than the other?
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@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I would choose the stationary bike. At least when I don't feel like exercising I would probably sit and burn rather than walk and burn! LOL! And they take up less room than a treadmill so I could put it rightin front of my tv.
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
Good point. LOL Thanks for responding.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I wish I could afford to buy a treadmill I think they are great. I take a walk everyday but when its raining or snowing I cant walk and thats when the treadmill comes in. Some day I will get one.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
I think the treadmeill is better too, it's more like walking. THanks for your reply Terry.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
I have no idea, I think a treadmill might be better though. I had a stationary bike once but I did not use it quite enough unfortunately.
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
winterose thanks for your response.
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@Fishmomma (11373)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I would get a treadmill, as every time I see them in the commercials people look like they are actually getting a great workout. I'm considering getting one to work out and watch television at the same time which would burn calories and help me lose 10 pounds.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
They do look like they are getting a good workout on TV. IF you get it, let me know how it goes. Thanks for responding.
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@ainee82 (618)
• Philippines
13 Mar 07
i'd go for stationary bikes. It burns more than treadmill does given the same time. I wouldn't really buy anything. I'll just go to the gym. it's nice working out with other people there having the same goals as you have. it makes you feel motivated in some way.
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
The bike burns more than the treadmill, thanks I didn't know that. Yes the motivation is there.
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Stationary bicycle sounds better than a treadmill. However, I would save my money and not buy either one because walking is a better form of exercise for me.
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
Yes many experts say walking is the best form of exercise. Thanks naty.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
13 Mar 07
My chose would be a treadmill. They are both equal far as I'm concerned. Only time I'll use the treadmill is in the winter when the temps drop to where I can't walk outside. I already own a bicycle and make good use of it weather-permitting.
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
Good idea about the treadmill. Thanks for replying.
@essilem (286)
• Philippines
13 Mar 07
A treadmill would be more exciting for me as there are also arm movements that you make to keep up with the pace you set the treadmill to. But of course nothing beats riding a bicycle outdoors, you really work on your leg muscles and get a wiff if fresh air.
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
I see the treadmill as exciting too. Thanks for your comments.
• India
13 Mar 07
Running will work more muscles than the sitting bike. You will burn more fat from the waist section on the treadmill. But if you want to switch it up it won't hurt that much. Some find it more difficult to get your heart rate where it needs to be on those types of bikes.
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
13 Mar 07
That make a lot of sense. Thanks for this information.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I don't exercise. The only times I do is at the casino helth rooms when I stay overnight. I prefer the threadmill. The wife and I are talking about getting one,. In the summer & fall I do ride a bicycle a lot though. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
14 Mar 07
Thanks for your comments Grandpa Bob.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Anytime. Now I've got to get something fattening to eat. The heck with this exercise talk. LOL
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
15 Mar 07
Grandpa Bob, you leave those twinkies alone!
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
15 Mar 07
I would buy the treadmill,only because I've been told at gyms that the bicycles are hard on your back due to the leaning
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
15 Mar 07
Good point, no one but you mentioned that. Thanks tad1fan.
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
16 Mar 07
You're quite welcome.....and just call me tad.....LOL
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• China
9 Apr 07
I do not want either.I prefer to have a bicycle. Cos I can breathe fresh air out side when i am riding a bicycle.also the scenery is changing all the time.taht is amazing.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
9 Apr 07
Thanks for your response.
• United States
8 Apr 07
There's no competition. I would buy the stationary bike. The biggest difference between the two is the amount of impact on your joints. The treadmill puts constant punishment on your ankles, knees and hips. While on the other hand the bike doesn't create any impact at all while offering the same cardio workout. ‹(°¿°)›
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
9 Apr 07
Great points you made, thanks.
@bethmt (419)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I already have a stationary bike but if I could afford to upgrade my exercise equipment I think I'd go with a treadmill. The stationary bike is a good workout but I just think that I'd prefer the treadmill. Part of the reason is because using a stationary bike for a long time is kind of hard on the tushy...at least for me it is, lol. The other reason is that I'd just like to try something new.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
27 Mar 07
I see it's advantages and disadvantages. I think I prefer the treadmill too. Thanks.
• United States
26 Mar 07
I loved my stationary bike when I had it. It finally bit the dust after over 15 years of use! I'd like to replace it for sure. My kids want the treadmill, but they're young and can tolerate that more! LOL I think both are good, both are cardio workouts so it's a matter of choice and preference if you ask me.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
27 Mar 07
They both are good workouts. Thanks for your comments.
@rx4life (1932)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I am pretty biased about this one..I own a wonderful professional treadmill and I walk 5-7 miles a day on it. It has great intense hill programs and automatically adjusts for heights and speeds...I can jog, stroll, saunter, run,power walk or climb hills on it...I do leave it alone during the good weather..as I get outside and do the same thing in the fresh air...I am not a bicycle person...I had a great stationary bike for a year and hardly ever used it...but I'm on my 3rd treadmill and wouldn't want to have to live without one...It is my "me" time...I can think, watch trash tv, listen to music,meditate...and just be me during my 60-90 minutes every day...when I can't use it I really miss it...but believe me...without a tv and Ipod it would be boring ...but with those entertaining items...it's a fast time with great entertainment!!!! ( I do have a pilates machine also that I dearly love!!)
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
17 Mar 07
Sounds like you really enjoy your machine. Thanks rx4life.
@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
17 Mar 07
I think I'd go for the bicycle, more fun and more flexibility.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
17 Mar 07
Thanks katyzzz for your comments.
@jenalyn (675)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I really like riding abike, but only if it is outside. It just isn't the same if you are indoors. I like that for exercise so much better than walking. As for what I would buy, I would get the treadmill for indoors. I can't sit on a bike seat long enough to get good exercise, and that would keep me from using it, even though I prefer a bike over walking. I own an eliptical machine. I like it a lot. I use it and my husband uses it. It isn't bad on your joints, and doesn't make your butt sore (lol). I like being outdoors better than indoors, but since I live in Florida, indoor cardio on an eliptical machine or treadmill is the best for me.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
17 Mar 07
I think the treadmill has it's advantages over the bike. Thanks jenalyn for your comments.
@matlgal (1687)
• United States
16 Mar 07
I prefer the Treadmill. I can set a better pace and it seems easier for me to stand and walk than to sit and peddle. It's easier on my old knees. I like to "walk to the music" easier than peddlin' to the tunes.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
16 Mar 07
I see what you mean about the knees. I have bad arthritis in my knees, elbows and hands. Good point you brought out. Thanks.
• Canada
14 Mar 07
I think I'd have to go for the stationary bike over a treadmill. I'm really not a fan of a treadmill. However, I'm saving up for a Rowing machine. I've seen a lovely three in one that works the abs as well as the legs, and something else which I forgot lol. I feel this is better for a more complete workout for those people like me, who are too self conscious about their image to go to a Gym.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
15 Mar 07
Someone else here like the rowing machine too. I think it is a more extensive workout. Enjoy your rowing machine when you get it.