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Calories Burned on Treadmill vs. Stationary Bike

Treadmill vs. Stationary Bike

When it comes to working out some people love the treadmill and others are all about using a stationary bike. Is one better at burning more calories though? Take this quiz to find out.

*All calculations are based on a 130-pound woman.

Treadmill vs. Stationary Bike

How many calories does 30 minutes on a treadmill burn at 6 mph (10-minutes per mile)?

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tarnz tarnz 5 years
hey guys, does anyone know how long it takes ( on average for a fit average sized woman ) to cycle 42km on a spin bike with litlle or no resistance?..
randomthoughtsatrandom randomthoughtsatrandom 6 years
5 miles per hour on the treadmill puts out considerable effort, you have to be in decent shape to maintain that speed for an hour. 10 miles per hour on the stationary bike takes nowhere near that kind of effort. Right now, I can't sustain 5 mph on a treadmill. But I'm doing 20 mph on the bike no problem, and getting about 25 miles in just over an hour. That burns 600 calories for a 150 pound person, more or less depending on your weight. So, yeah, I'm choosing the bike.
jd107 jd107 6 years
A recumbent bikes seem better than the upright bikes in my opinion. In terms of comfort on your rear.
jd107 jd107 6 years
I'm definitely no expert on these, but I find the comments very odd. A lot of people posting they work up a lot more of a sweat on the bike than the treadmill, yet supposedly burn more calories on the treadmill. That makes zero sense. And if you are going by the computer controlled monitors on these devices, they aren't going to know the true calories burned, its all just guess, and the treadmills may be set to display higher values that aren't even true. If your getting more a sweat or getting more tired on the bike, then common sense tells me the bike is burning more calories, despite what any computer is saying.
shockware shockware 7 years
well it actually depends on what type of stationary bike you are using. some stationary bike only move the legs while some move both arms and legs so you need to specify which stationary bike we are talking about. For those who doesn't know, you can see an article here which discusses different types of stationary bikes. hope this helps :)
ralfthewise ralfthewise 8 years
Hi, just wanted to put in my two cents' worth! I am out of shape and overweight, and looking at purchasing a piece of fitness equipment for my home. I have narrowed it down to either a recumbent exercise bike (not an upright as is shown in the above photo) or a treadmill. When I used to work out at the gym, I found that because I am not that fit, I would mostly walk on the treadmill at 2.5 mph. I might occasionally go higher, into a fast walk, or maybe even jog for a couple of minutes, but usually I kept it slow. I found that it was easier to injure my knees on a treadmill than on the gym's recumbent bike. On the other hand, on the recumbent exercise bike at the gym, I found that even on low energy days, I could get on the bike. I wasn't sure about the calories posted here, since I never burned 700 calories on a treadmill at the gym, and that is because I wasn't running! So I did some more web research and here is what I found. Walking on treadmill at 2.5 mph burns 106 calories per hour Biking at 10 mph light effort 422 calories (if you weigh 155) (I got the bicycling calorie burn from this link: I got the walking on treadmill at 2.5 mph calories from this link: ) I am not affiliated with any of these links; they just posted the calories burned that I was looking for. So, if I am walking on a treadmill, at my pace of 2.5 mph, I am only burning 106 calories per hour, not 700! Most people on a treadmill are not running or jogging, they are walking at various paces. But, studies have shown due to lower risk of injury, plus you can read while working out on an exercise bike and it is quieter, that you are more likely to stick to a recumbent (not an upright) exercise program. Here is an article I read on the subject: Since I am mostly used to sitting on the sofa, I think I would be more likely to use the recumbent bike. I also have a lot of weight around my middle to lose, and I think that slow and steady would do the trick. I have back problems if I stand for any length of time. I think that, at least for my first phase of exercise and weight reduction, the recumbent bike is a better choice for me. The model I have chosen allows me to put my laptop on it, as it is an entirely flat surface. Not all recumbent bikes have this feature. So if I am bored, I can watch TV as it won't be too loud to overhear the TV, whereas a treadmill is much louder. Or I can read a book. Or I can even be on my laptop. Per that article above, people are more likely to stick with a recumbent exercise bike program than a treadmill, unless you are a dedicated runner using it to supplement an outdoor exercise program. And unless you are keeping the treadmill at a very high level, you actually can burn quite a few calories on a bike. If I am more likely to stick with a recumbent bike than a treadmill, it means I will definitely burn more calories on the recumbent, because I will use the recumbent bike rather than let a treadmill gather dust. The recumbent bike would also allow me the convenience of moving it from one room in my home to another. A treadmill, on the other hand, once you have placed it in your home, good luck moving it! So, for my purposes, I am going with the recumbent bike. Maybe if I have the room and money later I will add a treadmill for variety, but I will start with a recumbent bike for now. Everyone has to pick the piece of equipment best for their needs. To each his own. The main goal is that we get fit!
Chelsyna Chelsyna 8 years
I just started my exercise program - just letting you know that I am an average person, most definitely not a fitness buff - and yet I am definitely better able to do an hour on the stationary bike (usually at more than 10 mph) than even half an hour of jogging (at whatever speed). I can do walking, but hate jogging (and the comparison here is between biking and running). I have a recumbent bike and it's actually VERY comfortable - the very first machine I can occasionally stay on for even 90 minute stretches. And I usually burn anywhere from 340-410 calories per hour while watching my favorite TV shows (for whatever psychological reason, I always seem to pedal faster during the Biggest Loser - LOL!)
suenhe suenhe 9 years
I personally would rather go out-side on a track and run... but for this I will chose the treadmill. With the bike I feel like I have to lean over too much and that causes major back cramping afterwards. My bottom area (private area) hurts like hell and my butt is aching. I also feel like I do not get my whole body to work out just my legs. On the treadmill I feel like my whole body is working out because I am using almost all the musles. My arms are swining back and forth, I can go up hill working out my glutes and hamstring and calves.
boosha boosha 9 years
stationary bikes bite. although i am top heavy and have to wear 2 sports bras when i'm on the treadmill. which sucks.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
urgh, I hate those bikes! Thats reason Ive never participated in a spinning class. Sure you'll sweat alot but thats about it.
bisou002 bisou002 9 years
wow, i got 100%! i hate the bike, i'd much rather run. if you're gonna devote 30 minutes to something, do it all the way!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
i love spinning class can burn up to 700 calories in a hour long spin class!! I hate running but if I use the machines I'll run on the treadmill or use the elliptical before i ever use the stationary bike.
megania megania 9 years
I hate running so I walk on the treadmill and burn more calories on the bike ... I think.
RobinSparkles RobinSparkles 9 years
i don't like to use the stationary bike for regular cardio, but i LOVE spinning classes. fit -- do you have any estimates on how many calories you burn during a class?
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
i absolutely cannot stand the stationary bike! its horrible, i must really suck at it, i can only stay on for 10 min. on normal speed, after that i'm dead tired. however, on the tread mill i can stay on for 60 min on full speed running, how odd huh?
kelsen kelsen 9 years
Good to know! I feel better about treadmilling now. I hate stationary's much more fun to bike outdoors.
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
Stationary bikes bore me!!
caryatid caryatid 9 years
i'm pretty sure i'd totally bite it on the treadmill (or the damn stair machine! that thing is scary) so i stick to the bike and the elliptical.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Yet more reasons to dislike the bike!
genvessel genvessel 9 years
buzz - i agree! i hate the calorie counter on the bike! i will change it up sometimes and use an eliptical, but i'm a pretty dedicated treadmill girl.
hholbert hholbert 9 years
yeah i run my tradmill all the time. If you're going to work out you might as well burn as many cals as possible
AMP AMP 9 years
I really hate the bike, but I force myself to do it to change things up. Its so frustrating to burning calories at a slower pace though.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Ugh. I think i'm getting runner's knee. My left knee aches after running on the treadmill each day :\ I like the bike more cuz it's easier for me, tho it does do less cals, booo, but now my knee is acting up there too. guess i really do need to get back to swimming. best workout ever but i hate the pool i go to. bleeeeeh.
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