Looking for an easy way to start exercising and improve your fitness? Look no further than that old bicycle that’s been hanging around in your garage! There are numerous health benefits of cycling as a form of exercise. If running or swimming is not your cup of cardiovascular tea, break the cycle of inactivity with some active cycling.
The Fitness Benefits of Cycling:
- Low impact on joints: Unlike walking or running, there is no uncomfortable jarring of joints in bicycling, so any person, of any weight, can get on a bike and start pedaling.
- It builds your largest muscles: Bicycling works out your glutes, hamstrings, and quads, the largest muscles in your body. For every extra pound of muscle, your body will burn an extra 50 calories per day at rest. So bicycling allows you to build up your muscle mass to burn more calories a day, even when you are not actually on the bike.
- It burns a ton of calories: Bicycling is one of the most efficient calorie-burning exercises out there. At a recreational pace of 13 to 15 MPH, you will burn 500 to 600 calories in one hour! This means that if you bike for one hour a day, every day of the week, that’s 3500 calories, or a whole pound of fat burned away.
- Build cardiovascular endurance: Many people find bicycling for one hour much more manageable than jogging for one hour.
The first step is to make time in your schedule for at least one bike ride a week. Then set a bicycling goal for yourself such as “work up to a full-hour bike ride” or “bike five miles without stopping”. Finally, make sure to log your bike rides with me so I can help you keep track of your progress.
I’m oiling my gears in preparation, time to get those wheels on the road!