​Cycling Vs. Treadmill Vs. Running Outside: Which Is the Best One?


Every person who wants to lose weight needs to consider the question: how do I choose the most effective activity?

You can choose from indoor or outdoor exercises. There are some who prefer workouts that involve the help of exercise equipment and while others choose to exercise without the aid of any.

In this article, we will provide important information about three popular cardio exercise options to help you make the best decision for your body.

The Treadmill

treadmill running

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There are people who would prefer to exercise indoors because of several reasons. For others, they only have very limited time because of their busy schedules. For some; they prefer to be in the comfort of their home when exercising. 

If you go to the gym or have a home gym, you will find that one of the common cardio options is the treadmill. It’s a convenient option because there is no need for you to have a wide space for jogging.

Treadmill running has also been recommended by healthcare experts because of some of its advance features. The equipment tracks the time you have allotted for jogging. You can choose the pace or the incline that you prefer.

With the aid of health technology, it is now easier for you to see the number of minutes you need to exercise in order to burn excess calories.

Stationary Bike

Cycling Vs. Treadmill Vs. Running Outside: Which Is the Best One?
Stationary Bike

A stationary bike is also another option you will find at the gym or can purchase an at-home version. One of the benefits of biking is it actually helps you lose fat while strengthening the muscles in your legs.

A stationary bike is purposely created for cardio exercise. Just like the treadmill, you do not need to go outside to enjoy biking. It is a great exercise that you can consider especially if you are looking for a weight loss program.

​Convenience

The main purpose of stationary bike and treadmill is convenience. These items will be found at any standard gym. You can also purchase one of these items and have it installed at home.

If you do so, you do not even have to make it to the gym or adjust your schedule to do so. If you need exercise to be extra-convenient and effective, consider owning a treadmill or stationary bike.

Convenience

​Running Outdoors

running outdoor

If you prefer to exercise without the assistance of any equipment, running outdoors is a great choice for you. Outdoor running has a lot of benefits. If you want to lose weight but also enjoy your surroundings, outdoor running is a solid choice. You get to breathe fresh air and enjoy the view of around you. It can be a great way for you to release stress.

However, if you do prefer the great outdoors, you need to consider the best time of day.  Running early in the morning or during late afternoon will ensure you do not have to worry about the effects of the heat of the sun. The weather forecast, incelement weather and slippery conditions are also important factors.


These three options are different based on the preference of activity type and location. However, each one can provide similar benefits if you work-out right. Here are some of the important benefits you’ll receive no matter your choice of exercise:

Burning Calories

Your main purpose of cardio exercises is to work up a sweat and to burn calories. Of course, the amount of calories you burn depends on the intensity of your workout. The harder you work and the more time you spend, the more calories you will use.

Avoiding Health Conditions

Exercise is good for your health. Modern society has access to a lot of instant food. Many of us have a diet that does not really contribute to our overall health.

Being static and immobile for hours, as many people do during their working hours, can make you accumulate fat. Weight gain can cause conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and more. 

For these reasons, the body needs to be active. When you exercise, you are lessening the possibility of unhealthy conditions to manifest.

Consider Your Joints

Taking care of your joints is as important as building your muscles.  It impacts your flexibility and mobility. If you exercise  by running on a treadmill, outside or biking on stationary bike, you are helping your joints stretch and be active.

Build Muscles

​If you plan to build muscles, you need to know that it involves losing fats. This is where cutting and bulking would apply. This is also the reason why cardio exercises and equipment are needed even in building muscles.  

​Cross-training

Cross-training
If you plan to build muscles, you need to know that it involves losing fats. This is where cutting and bulking would apply. This is also the reason why cardio exercises and equipment are needed even in building muscles.  

Cross-training
You should not focus on a single exercise. There are times when the intensity of the exercise is ineffective because you already got used to its pressure and impact on your body. To avoid this scenario, you can consider cross-training, where you shift from one exercise to another.

You should not focus on a single exercise. There are times when the intensity of the exercise is ineffective because you already got used to its pressure and impact on your body. To avoid this scenario, you can consider cross-training, where you shift from one exercise to another.

Running on a treadmill, running outside or biking on a stationary bike are three valuable exercises. The reality is their benefits are fairly similar in terms of physical health and weight loss. The real difference comes in the preference of activity location and equipment. The best choice is the activity that is most likely to get you moving.


Author Bio:

Ryan Varela is the CEO of Boost Health Insurance which provides customized and affordable health care plans for thousands of customers across the United States. Ryan has nearly a decade of experience in the health care industry and continues to serve the greater need to educate and deliver access to affordable options to those who need health care the most.