Get Fit and Burn Body Fat with Cycling

Whether it be indoor or outdoor, cycling is becoming more and more popular. With pollution on the rise and an increase for the push of general health and fitness, cycling is a great way to save $$ on fuel as well as getting fit and burning off a few extra calories.

Which is Best: Indoor or Outdoor Cycling

There are many factors you need to take into consideration eg:

  • The weather

  • What time of the day you train

  • How much spare time you have

  • Whether you want to invest in the compulsory safety equipment involved in outdoor cycling

  • Whether or not you have access to a cycle path

  • If you are comfortable cycling on main roads and amongst traffic.

  • Do you prefer to train outdoors

It's a personal choice - go with what suits you!

Benefits of Cycling for Fitness and Fat Burning

Cycling can offer benefits for both fitness and fat burning. You can vary your programs so that you can either alternate between fitness and fat burning or a program that includes both. It really depends on your health and fitness goals and what you want to achieve from your cycling program. Outdoor cycling can include cycle tracks in forests and parks to cycle ways within your town or city along beaches or major roads and free ways. You can take the family cycling or use your cycling program as some "time out" for yourself away from work and other pressures you may be experiencing at that moment in time.

Indoor cycling also offers some exciting opportunities as well. With "spin" and other cycle classes being extremely popular, and lots of fun, to just being able to control your own training programs from within the privacy of your own home.

Some Helpful Hints on Setting Up Your Bicycle

  1. Make sure that the handle bars and seat are in a comfortable position.

  2. Check that the seat height or the seat itself is suitable for your build, taking into consideration the amount of time you will be spending on it.

  3. If you are using an indoor cycle make sure your bike has foot pedal straps. If you pick up the pace your feet can easily fly off if you don't have them connected to the pedals.

A Few Things to Organise Before Starting Your Cycling Program

  1. Do you have any injuries that effect what type of bicycle you use. eg, semi-recumbent cycle for indoors rather than your normal high seated indoor cycle. etc etc

  2. Have you "OK'd" this exercise program with your doctor?

  3. Do you know what your health and fitness goals are? And how will this effect your program.

  4. Do you have a program that specifically designed for your goals?

  5. Arranging your program so that you can enjoy it at a specific time of the day when you don't have to rush. The last thing you want to do is spend all that money on setting your program up only to throw in the towel due to other commitments interfering with your program times.

  6. Do you have an eating plan organised to suit your cycling program? You might as well put in the effort with your diet if you are going to start exercising too. Don't you think? It will certainly speed up your results as well as giving you more energy.

  7. As well as making sure your bicycle is comfortable and set up correctly you will also want to ensure that your indoor cycle is placed somewhere in your house where you will use it.

  8. When using your cycle make sure your legs aren't wrapped up around your neck while pedalling. Keep your seat at a comfortable distance from the pedals. I get my clients to stretch their legs out completely then slightly bend their knees - this is where I will position the seat. This is so they get a full stretch of their legs without feeling like they are being pulled off the seat when the pedals rotate.

  9. When cycling outdoors make sure your feet can touch the ground, while you are seated on your bike seat. The amount of times I have seen cyclists that are virtually falling off their bicycles when they stop at a corner, because their feet don't touch the ground, always worries me. Play it safe and use your common sense when cycling.

  10. When cycling outdoors make sure you check with your local council regarding rules and regulations for cycling eg. safety helmets, knee pads etc

How many times should I cycle per week?

Cycling indoors or outdoors is a great way to keep fit and burn off those extra calories. Cycling 3-4 times per week will make a difference in the way you look, feel as well increasing your self esteem. You don't need to cycle for hours on end, 20 - 30 mins is sufficient and sometimes less when you are first starting out. Choose a program to suit your health and fitness needs and you'll be on your way!

Happy Training and have a great day!

Yours in fun, health and fitness
Mandy
http://www.virtualfitnesstrainer.com

 


For more information on bicycles and cycling, check out www.treadly.com.  Treadly = pushbike = two-wheeler = bicycle.

 

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