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21 Dec 2004


Does spinning make one loose weight quicker that running on a treadmill.

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01 Jan 0001

Hi Linky

Hard to answer your question unfortunately. Scientifically, the answer is no. This is because running, of the two activities, has the higher energy expenditure. In otherwords, 10 minutes of running burns more calories than 10 minutes of spinning AT THE SAME RELATIVE INTENSITY (this is very important, as I will explain). Remember that running uses the arms and legs, whereas cycling only the legs and for this reason, the energy expenditure is slightly higher.

Now, having said all that, here is the catch. Many people find it much easier to spin than to run. I know from experience and know many people that a 30 minute run is very difficult to do, particularly when you are just starting, but a 45 minute cycling class is possible. Therefore, you have to look at this practically. It is quite possible that you are better off spinning, simply because you can do it for longer, you enjoy it more and therefore, you get more out of it. So that's the important thing - it's not about what is best for burning energy or anything like that - the body is not some machine that you just apply exercise to. It's all about doing what you know will be doable for you, and then making sure that you can do it. So, if spinning is better for you, then the answer to your question is yes, spinning is more effective for weight loss.

Hope this helps
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