How Many Calories Do I Burn Riding an Exercise Bike?

Riding a bicycle forces you to contend with traffic, miserable weather and even the odd overly aggressive dog. Hop on an exercise bike, however, and you've got all the fitness benefits of a pedaling workout without any of the fuss. Riding an exercise bike can help you burn hundreds of calories an hour, making this exercise a potentially valuable addition to any weight-loss or weight-maintenance workout routine. Just be sure to consult your doctor before beginning this or any exercise regimen.

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Consider Your Weight and Pace

Your weight and pace dictate how many calories you can expect to burn on an exercise bike. According to HealthStatus, a 145-pound person burns around 231 calories in 30 minutes of pedaling moderately and around 374 calories in 30 minutes of pedaling vigorously. During the two workout tempos, a 195-pound person burns about 310 and 503 calories, respectively.

Better Health Without Pain

In addition to its convenience-related benefits, using an exercise bike can improve your cardiovascular fitness and strengthen your muscles. Because your feet stay pressed against the pedals, this exercise generates a low impact to your lower-body joints. Exercise bikes are programmable for every fitness level and allow you to enjoy variety in your workouts through the use of preset workout routines.

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