An Overlooked Way to Burn Major Calories—Get on Your Bike!
Participating in exercise such as running or strength training to lose weight and get in shape is great.
However, many people in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle overlook an excellent way to burn some serious calories—biking!
Also referred to as cycling, this sport has the potential to burn hundreds of calories an hour. It’s also an alternative for people who don’t want to go to the gym or lack the finances to sign up for a membership.
Biking is easy to work into your daily routine and is a form of exercise many people enjoy. Here’s how cycling can help you burn extra calories and give you some great health benefits in return!
How Many Calories Does Cycling Burn?
The amount of calories cycling burns will vary per person, depending on factors such as how much you weigh and how many miles-per-hour you’re going.
A standard 150-180-pound person has the potential to burn between 450 and 750 calories an hour from biking!
Those are some major calories that few other forms of exercise are able to match. Even the average person who runs only burns 100 calories an hour and strength training burns few more than that at around 120.
It’s important to keep in mind that these numbers are just estimates and won’t necessarily apply to your unique constitution, but the fact remains that cycling burns a significant amount of calories in a short period of time.
Health Benefits of Regular Cycling
In addition to burning calories, biking packs numerous health benefits. Cycling can increase your cardiovascular fitness in addition to strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, joint mobility, and posture and coordination.
Other health benefits of regular cycling include:
Increased bone strength. Cycling can increase bone strength, especially when combined with other forms of exercise such as running or strength training.
Deceased body fat. Burning calories can decrease your percentage of body fat, so you can reduce fat over your entire body for a leaner physique.
Better stress management. When done regularly, cycling can help you reduce and better manage your stress, which can result in a healthier immune system. Biking has even been shown to reduce the risk of mental illnesses such as depression.
Disease prevention. Regular biking has been linked to a lower risk of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes which may lead to a longer, healthier life.
Biking might just be the exercise you’ve been missing out on to get in shape and lose pounds!
How to Incorporate Cycling Into Your Workout
Cycling is easy to incorporate into your workout whether you do it recreationally, as a way to commute to work, or in combination with your other exercises.
Cyclists often have an excellent capacity for aerobic exercise but lack the muscle support that’s necessary for other forms of training.
Combining biking with weightlifting can increase the health benefits you experience. For instance, lifting weights keeps your balance and coordination sharp, which certainly helps when you’re on a bike!
Ready to Bike?
You can incorporate biking into your routine to lose pounds and increase your aerobic capacity. Combining cycling with additional forms of exercise can promote weight loss in addition to making you stronger and healthier.
Contact us at JordanFit today to set up a free consultation with Gavin to further define your workout goals and see how working with a personal trainer can help you get in the best shape of your life!