If you find hitting the gym a dream workout, you might want to try biking outdoors. Cycling, compared to gym exercise, is more fun. When biking, you won’t be bored with the changing environment as you ride along your chosen bike path; whereas, in the gym, you are stuck with the same walls and equipment. It’s no wonder some people find it difficult to keep exercising at the gym. There is more variety in the cycling experience.
More people are taking up cycling as part of their weight loss program because it’s a low-impact exercise and more fun to do. As a low-impact exercise, it is easy on the joints and therefore makes for a comfortable workout. It doesn’t mean you won’t sweat it. In fact, riding a bike burns as many calories as running. By biking at a moderate speed, you can burn about 650 calories in an hour.
As you pedal your way to weight loss, you build your stamina and strength by working the major muscles in your legs, arms, and core, giving you that well-toned physique.
As an aerobic exercise, cycling strengthens the heart and lung muscles, which allows the transport of oxygen in the body and improves cardiovascular fitness. This also helps lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Cycling is a good exercise that does not require special skill. However, as a beginner, you may want to practice riding your bike in your backyard until you are confident in taking it on the road. However, it may just take a little practice because you probably already rode a bike as a kid and once you’ve learned the skill, you won’t forget it.
There are things you may want to consider and remember if you decide to take up cycling as an alternative exercise to gym routines.
· You may want to check if the bike you are using fits you well for riding comfort.
It is advisable to plan the route and familiarize yourself with the cycling regulations of the area.
· Security First. You may want to check your tires and brakes before you head out for a ride.
· Be visible to other motorists by wearing something shiny to avoid accidents on the road.
· Do not forget your helmet.
When paired with a healthy eating plan, cycling can help you shed those extra pounds while enjoying a good, fun workout.