A regular workout on the exercise bike helps keep you in shape.
If you've decided to buy a gym membership to help restore the beach body you had in your early 20s, your next mission is to find a workout that helps you burn calories quickly. Set your sights on the gym's cardio equipment - such machines as the exercise bike and elliptical trainer can provide an up-tempo aerobic workout that's easy on your joints and burns calories to contribute to fat loss.
Both an exercise bike and elliptical can torch calories, depending on your level of effort.
Feel the Burn
Burning calories plays a pivotal role in burning fat and subsequent weight loss. An endless list of exercises burns calories, but finding one or more exercises that burn calories rapidly is ideal if you have ambitious weight-loss goals. As you burn calories, keep the concept of a calorie deficit - in which you burn more calories than you take in through food and drink - in mind. Upon reaching a deficit of 3,500 calories, you'll burn one pound of fat.
Burn Calories Through Exercise
Both the exercise bike and elliptical trainer give you the ability to burn calories quickly - a single workout can result in several hundred calories burned to help you work toward a calorie deficit.
According to the website HealthStatus, a 200-pound person will burn 477 calories during a moderate, 45-minute workout on the exercise bike and 774 calories during a 45-minute workout on the elliptical trainer. The website notes a vigorous, 45-minute workout on the exercise bike will burn 774 calories - the same as the elliptical trainer. The extra calorie burn from the elliptical trainer is due to the use of your arms, which are largely stationary during an exercise bike workout.
Review the Perks
Regardless of your fitness level, the exercise bike and elliptical trainer can provide an easy or challenging workout, given your ability to adjust the resistance of each machine. Both machines are low impact in nature, which makes them suitable if you commonly feel pain in your lower-body joints during exercise. Working out indoors allows you to avoid unpleasant weather and watch TV as you burn calories. The exercise bike and elliptical trainer give you an aerobic workout, which leads to benefits including better heart health and lower blood pressure.
Plan for a Caloric Deficit
You can use either exercise machine, or both, to help you burn fat to lose weight. The amount you exercise is pivotal to reaching a calorie deficit. At least 300 minutes of exercise per week will put you on the right path toward weight loss. During weeks in which you're short on time, increase the tempo - and calorie burn - of your workout. As with any type of weight-loss plan, exercising is only half the battle. By reducing your intake of calories, you'll have more success losing weight.