How Do You Use Fitbit With Recumbent Exercise Bike?

Fitbit is a popular workout data tracking device or service with over 31 million active users in 2020. And it’s one of the easiest devices out there that helps you track your workout data. But when it comes to tracking your data while using a recumbent exercise bike, you might get a bit confused.

Unfortunately, you can not track your workout data automatically with Fitbit unless you strap the device on your ankle or shoe. But that might not be the best idea for all workout lovers. 

However, there are two easy solutions! First of all, you can add Spinning as an exercise shortcut on your Fitbit dashboard or app and editing that. Then manually start and stop tracking using your device. On the other hand, you can update your workout data on the Fitbit server or app manually. Either way works great! So let’s know, How Do You Use Fitbit With Recumbent Exercise Bike?

Solution 1: Track your Recumbent Exercise Bike workout data manually on your Fitbit device

Add "Spinning" as a workout shortcut

You can track your workout data on your Fitbit device manually. There’s an activity shortcut called ‘Spinning’; if you don’t find that, you can add that manually. You can do that on an IOS or Android device.

  • Tap on “Account”
  • Tap “Your Device”
  • Scroll down and find “Exercise Shortcuts”
  • Remove one of the shortcuts that you usually don’t use
  • Add “Spinning” to your device

Track Recumbent Bike Exercise on your Fitbit manually

Now that you added “Spinning” as an exercise shortcut, you can track your data manually by pressing start and stop manually. Scroll and find Spinning on your Fitbit device. Long press to start tracking your data. It will track your heart rate, workout duration, distance and come up with a calorie calculation. However, most found the next solution more effective when tracking or recording your recumbent bike workout data.

Solution 2: Track or Record your Recumbent Exercise Bike workout data on Fitbit

Add your data on the Fitbit website

So, you want your recumbent bike data to be stored or saved with your other workout data. You can manually add them to your Fitbit account and keep track of them, and here are some ways you can do that.

  • Log in to your account on
  • Click on the “Log”
  • Click on “Activities”
  • Scroll down and search “Spinning” on the search bar
  • Input your “Start time,” “Duration,” and “Distance”
  • Click “Log,” It will calculate your calories burn and add it to your workout data.

Add your data with the mobile app (iOS or Android)

  • Download or log into your Fitbit app if you haven’t already
  • Tap on the “Exercise” tab
  • Tap on the “Stop-watch icon” on the upper right corner
  • Tap on “Log/Log Previous”
  •  Search “Spinning” on the search bar
  • Input your “Start time,” “Duration” or “Distance”
  • Tap on “LOG IT,” and it will calculate your calories burn and add it to your workout data.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

No one is stopping you from doing that, but Fitbit and fitness experts do not recommend it. Wearing a Fitbit device on the ankle can show you some workout results such as steps count, distance, and more. But they are often miscalculated because these devices are not made to wear on the ankle; these are made to wear on the wrist.

Stationary bikes are great for cardio, but they don’t work your lower body as spin classes do. So if you’re interested in getting stronger legs and glutes, you should use a spin bike instead of a regular one!

Spin bikes have heavier flywheels than regular upright bikes. It’s designed to make pedaling more difficult. This means that when you pedal on a spin bike, the resistance is higher, making your workout more challenging and effective! It also stimulates muscle growth in areas you wouldn’t normally get from cycling on an upright stationary bicycle.

Many cyclists have asked this question as they intend to know how far they can ride with 10,000 steps.

The answer depends on the terrain, wind conditions, and many other things. For example, if you’re cycling on relatively flat terrain with minimal wind, 10,000 steps would equal 15 to 18 miles.


Recumbent bikes are a great way to do workouts without hurting the hell out of your knees and joints. And you might want to add your data to the popular tracking device or app Fitbit. But it’s difficult or tricky as the recumbent bike motions do not count as proper footsteps. 

However, there are a few ways you can add your recumbent exercise bike workout data to Fitbit. It’s not that difficult if you know how to add that. And now that you know it, you can track your data without breaking a sweat, wait, while breaking a sweat, I should say!

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