Let us suppose that you have made up your mind to start exercising at home to burn some fat. Among the home exercising instruments which are available, the most popular ones include the treadmill and the recumbent bike. The treadmill is a machine where you can walk or run in a mechanical way. On the other hand, the recumbent bike is pretty much like a cycle, only fixed in a position. Let us have a comparative discussion on which one should be used.
One of the biggest obstacles of having any working out routine is to stick with it. You may get motivated to make your body healthy but you may not carry on going through the routine which is required. Walking or running on a treadmill gets monotonous pretty soon. You may listen to music or watch television to cut out the boredom, but the issue stays. However, an exercising bike can be programmed i so that your pedaling can be randomized. Also, it is possible to watch television, read books or play games while you are using the bike making it less boring.
As the primary target of all home exercising equipment is to burn calories, the comparison between the treadmill and the recumbent bike comes to the point of calorie burning. An average person burns approximately 750 calories per hour when using a treadmill. When using a recumbent bike, this calorie burning drops to 550 calories per hour. As using a treadmill requires more hard work than an exercising bike, this difference of calorie burning is pretty obvious. However, you should keep it in mind that it is not the per hour calculation that matters, rather the total calculation which goes in the long run.
The chances of having any mishaps while using a treadmill is pretty high compared to an exercise bike. You might fall from a treadmill while running and hurt yourself. The treadmill exerts stress on your joints and can cause hidden injuries which emerge slowly in the future. On the contrary, falling off from an exercise bike is relatively less common. The proper usage of an exercise bike does not stress any of your joints. So, a recumbent is safer than a treadmill.
Pricing and potentials
The treadmill is preferred around the globe as a home exercising machine. A recumbent bike is popular but not close to usage of treadmill. The prime reason is the cost. The price of a treadmill relatively lowers than that of an exercising bike. Many people find it friendly to their budget to have a treadmill to keep healthy rather than having a recumbent bike. Also, the potential of burning calories to remain fit in a treadmill is higher than an exercising bike.
In the above discussion, we came across the merits and demerits of a treadmill and a recumbent bike. As both have mixed blessings and curses, it is up to you to decide which one do you need that is suitable not only to your preferences but also your budget.