Why is cycling ideal to lose weight?
-It is very low impact. You are not going to damage your joint, even if you’re overweight.
-Suitable for everyone, any age or level of fitness. You can start cycling from a very low fitness level unlike running and many other exercises.
-Cycling burns an average of 500 calories an hour at a speed of between 12-14 miles an hour. To accelerate body fat loss on your upper body while cycling is get out of the saddle
-You’ll be able to cycle for longer than running or swimming without your leg muscles getting too tired, which means you burn more calories.
-It’s very entertaining. Inside, you can watch a movie or a TV show. Outside, you can enjoy the view or replace what you would do with your car by buying some groceries (and putting what you bought in the basket in the front of your bike) for example. Cycling is very enjoyable you can cycle to different places and see wonderful scenery.
-It really is a great way to travel. And it’s easy to make time for it. Consider going to work by bike or going to the mall.
- If you’re worried about what other people think, with a helmet and sun glasses, no one will recognize you.
-You’ll improve your health. As your heart and lungs get stronger you will be able to more efficiently transport oxygen around the body which is the key to a high level of fitness. Your resting pulse rate will decrease as will your blood fat levels and blood pressure. All of these combined will reduce your risk of heart disease.
- It’s safe. Since you go faster than running or walking, it’s more difficult to rob or harass you.
-You’ll lose fat AND you’ll build muscles in your legs, your thighs and your butt! Due to the nature of the activity, cycling burns calories and is unlikely to build large quantities of muscle. Instead it is much more likely that your thighs, bum and waist will all slim down and tone up, making cycling a great exercise for those wanting to help their weight loss.
-Cycling is environmentally friendly. Well, that won’t help you slim down. But it’s always better.
You just need:
-A bike. Rent one (in French bigs cities, renting is quite common), buy one, borrow one or go to the gym if you prefer bicycling indoors.
-Read the Highway Code before cycling.
-Don’t forget lights in poor conditions.
So… What are you waiting for? ;-)