Which Is Better, a Treadmill Or An Exercise Bike?

I need to do something while being a couch potato when I get home, so I thought since I need to lose some weight (I need help from my waist to my thighs), I'd do one or the other while watching my shows. I have a lateral thigh trainer or something, but I barely use it anymore. I think I'm bored of it. That happens after a while with these things I buy. I do walk at work, but not enough. I thought I'd look for yard sales to get one or the other this weekend while I'm out so I'm not buying from one of the stores...save money and all that. Also, is motorized better than self moved, or however it's worded? I also can't take up too much room in my apartment or bother the neighbors with a noisy machine. I'm leaning toward a bike with some resistance?


Trish from Riverside, CA

September 22, 20070 found this helpful

I think you answered your own question. If you live in an apartment you have to take into consideration that a treadmill might be a bit too noisy, so an exercise bike might be your best bet.

I'm in the process of dropping a few pounds myself. The secret to keeping the weight off is to watch the portions that you eat at meals. Eat a piece of fruit in between meals than eating some calorie laden snack.

After being away from dairy for 5+ years and keeping the weight off, I decided to start using a very small amount of non-fat milk on my morning cereal. Did that milk ever start causing me un-necessary weight gain. There's no fat in the milk, it's those darn hormones that are in our dairy products that was causing the problem. I poured the quart of milk down the kitchen sink that I bought 3 days prior and went back to my rice milk that I make myself. Also I don't want to start eating ice cream because of the same problem. I think I'll start buying my soy frozen desserts again in place of ice cream. Why should I put the weight back on again, if I've been able to maintain my weight for the last 5+ years.

You might want to think of switching from dairy to an alternative such as fortified soy, rice or almond milk.

In order to get the necessary calcium that I need, I take calcium and magnesium supplements and I stay on a daily exercise program to burn the extra calories.

Always fighting the battle of the bulge!

Marge from NY

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September 22, 20070 found this helpful

Hi! Now I know I'm not an expert, nor have I had this thing very long, but I've read that one of the big Swedish exercise balls is great to sit on in front of the computer and get the lower half in motion while sitting there! There are websites that list things to do with them. It is big so if you have room try one out. Maybe you can find one on a free list or at a garage sale. I got mine at one for a dollar! It was part of a tv paid advertisment costing more than $70! Good for perfecting balance also that seems to go away in the mid to later years. I'm 63 so no doubt quite a sight on the darn thing! Jeanie

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September 22, 20070 found this helpful

Well, I think I've decided on a bike I found at Wal-Mart for around $90 that works both upper and lower body at the same time; the handlebars move while you pedal. My next question is, how do you work on your butt when you're sitting on it? Is it from the muscles you're using in your legs and thighs? I went to the grocery store yesterday and looked for frozen yogurt to replace the Stater Bros. ice cream (LOVE Heavenly Hash!), but since I couldn't find it in that section, I got my ice cream. Maybe I should have gone back to where the small yogurt is and searched for chocolate. I drink 2% milk, is that good? I used to drink the normal stuff, but won't do the skim. Skim to me is WAY too watered down milk. Sorry, but YUK!

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September 23, 20070 found this helpful




Have you ever paid close attention to the billboards that show a young thin female or the ads in the magazines and the TV commericials. They are all wearing milk mustaches with big smiles on their faces. The TV commercials really make me crack up with laughter. The female says: "Drink Milk for Health." Why doesn't she really say, "Drink Milk for Obesity."

The dairy industry has us so hood-winked that it's sickening. As stated in my last post I started using a small amount of milk on my cereal every morning and my stomach and hips started bulging. Yet I was faithfully doing my floor exercises every day.

A lot of elementary school children are extremely over weight and obese, and it's because of their poor diets. They eat too many sweets, drink sodas by the canfuls and drink too much milk. Also don't let the soda manufacturers fool you with their diet beverages. Diet beverages actually stimulate your appetite for sugar. Diet beverages have been known to cause headaches and other serious medical conditions. Diabetes has been increasing at a fast alarming rate, especially among our school age children. The pancreas is so overworked and finally breaks down and stops functioning properly. My DH and I no longer drink soda, but when we go out to eat we drink unsweetened ice tea in place of soda.

I cannot drink or eat any thing with artificial sweetners because I have an allergic reaction. When we go shopping I have to read all labels.

Even the teenage girls are so overly developed for their age. The girls have bodies of 20+ year old women. It is all due to the dairy industry. The dairy farmers are injecting the milk cows to produce more milk in a shorter period of time. And guess what we are drinking and eating their hormones.

Now the exercising that I'm doing is not a big waste of my time, because I eliminated the dairy.

I posted three websites for your interest:

Turtle Mountain makes the best soy desserts, and I also use the Tofutti brand.

You can find Turtle Mountain and Tofutti in health food stores and the health food section of your grocery stores. It tastes just like ice cream, but is much healthier for you.

There isn't any way that I can totally eliminate all dairy from my diet because everything that you purchase usually lists a milk product as one of the ingredients. But what I'm doing now, is that I am not drinking or eating dairy products. I recently purchased 12 containers of soy milk and am making my own soy yogurt instead of dairy yogurt. I use the soy yogurt when I make smoothies for me and my DH.

Search the Turtle Mountain and Tofutti websites because they offer money saving coupons that you can print off and take to the store.

I hope I've been of some help to get you started on weight loss.

Marge from NY

PS Sure I still love and eat desserts, but I limit myself and try not to over due. If I go a little overboard with desserts, then I increase my exercise time to burn off the excess calories.

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September 25, 20070 found this helpful

To the guest post commenting about skim milk. When I was wanting to go to a lighter milk, this is what I did. We always drank 2% milk. Then I bought 1% milk and we drank that for awhile, then skim after that. By gradually going down we got used to it like that.

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

Sunday afternoon, I did buy the bike that works both upper and lower and have used it at least once or twice a night for 10 minutes each time...so far. I will gradually up the minutes. I don't always use the handlebars, though. I just prefer not to drink skim milk. It's just to deluded (sp.) for me. If others like to drink it, fine. I just don't and probably never will.

But really, how do you work on your butt when you're using it to sit on the exercise bike?

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