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Muscles Targeted with a Stationary Bike

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Muscles Targeted with a Stationary Bike
Riding a stationary bike works your core, in addition to your lower body. Photo Credit: kzenon/iStock/Getty Images

Pedaling a stationary bike in the privacy of your home or while visiting a gym helps you improve your cardiovascular conditioning and burn calories without harming your joints. This form of exercise is also a way to strengthen a number of your major muscle groups, which leads to greater performance and less risk of injury during everyday tasks and exercise.

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Not Just For Your Lower Body

As you pedal the stationary bike, you're strengthening a multitude of muscles concurrently. Pedaling works your glutes and hip flexors, plus leg muscles such as your quadriceps, calves and hamstrings. Keeping your body upright as you pedal strengthens your abdominals and obliques. Tightening your core muscles during your stationary bike workout can help you work toward increased strength in this region.

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