Why cycling is a fun exercise

If you find going to the gym is a dreary exercise, you may want to try outdoor cycling instead. Cycling, compared to aerobics, is much more fun. When cycling, you will not get bored with the changing environment as you travel your chosen bike path; Whereas, in the gym, you’re stuck with the same walls and equipment. No wonder some people find it hard to maintain exercise. There is more variety in the cycling experience.

More people are participating in cycling as part of their weight loss program because it is a low-impact, more enjoyable exercise. As a low impact exercise, it is easy on the joints and thus makes for a relaxing workout. This does not mean that you will not sweat. In fact, cycling burns as many calories as running. When riding a bike at a moderate speed, you can burn approximately 650 calories per hour.

As you pedal your way to weight loss, you build your endurance and strength by working key muscles in the legs, arms and abs giving you that toned physique.

As an aerobic exercise, cycling strengthens the heart and lung muscles allowing oxygen to be transported in the body and improving 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 own backyard until you are confident taking it on the road. You may just need a little practice because chances are, you actually rode a bike as a kid and once you learn the skill, you won’t forget it.

There are things that you may want to keep in mind and remember if you decide to take up cycling as an exercise alternative to your gym routine.

You may want to check if the bike you are using is a good fit for comfortable riding.

You are advised to plan your route and familiarize yourself with the bicycle regulations in your area.

ยท safety first. You may want to check your tires and nuts before you go out for your ride.

Be visible to other motorists by wearing something bright to prevent accidents along the way.

Don’t forget your helmet.

When accompanied by a healthy meal plan, cycling can help you lose those extra pounds while enjoying a good, enjoyable workout.

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