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
Which is Best:
Indoor or Outdoor Cycling
There are many factors
you need to take into consideration eg:
What time of the day
How much spare time
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
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
Make sure that the
handle bars and seat are in a comfortable position.
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.
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
A Few Things to
Organise Before Starting Your Cycling Program
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
"OK'd" this exercise program with your doctor?
Do you know what
your health and fitness goals are? And how will this effect your program.
Do you have a
program that specifically designed for your goals?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For more information on bicycles and cycling, check out www.treadly.com.
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