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Does cycling (stationary) help reduce calories?

Q: Does cycling (stationary) have the same effect as treadmill or walking? Is it effective to reduce calories, increase HDL cholesterol, and reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels?

A:Any cardiovascular activity, done over time, for 20-60 minutes at least 3-6 times a day will have the benefit of reducing LDL and triglycerides and increasing HDL, amongst other benefits. It is a matter of choice, convenience, availability that you would pick a cycle over a treadmill or waking outdoors. But a consideration to make is that if you have joint problems, especially in the knees, then keep the cycle use to a minimum. As regards calorie reduction, any aerobic activity will help you reach that goal. But along with that, you have to couple your efforts with a sensible diet to aid the process. And the fat stores from all over the body will reduce. But exactly how much is very difficult to say. All I can definitely say is that the effort is well worth it. Even though you may not be able to see the results immediately and visibly, exercising is beneficial to your overall health, so let that be your ultimate goal!


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