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Do Mini Stationary Bikes Provide a Good Workout?

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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.
Do Mini Stationary Bikes Provide a Good Workout?
A group of women are on stationary bikes. Photo Credit: Tomasz Trojanowski/Hemera/Getty Images

Excess sitting can lead to health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. If you have trouble getting to the gym, you can bring the gym to you in the form of a mini stationary bike.

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Using a mini stationary bike is ideal if you have a sedentary job or must be seated for long periods of time for any reason (like working at home). While this form of exercise doesn't replace up-tempo workouts such as circuit training, it's far better than remaining sedentary for the day. A British Journal of Sports Medicine study, published in 2011, notes that the use of a mini stationary bike is not only viable in the workplace, but also can increase the activity of an employee's day. Pedaling this machine burns calories and strengthens muscle, even during short periods.

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