Weightloss through Cycling – Peddling off the Pounds

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Peddling off the Pounds

by Valerie on September 24, 2011

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Cycling offers a great way to remain fit and to help lose weight, and is one form of exercise that offers the additional charm of enjoying the outdoors and the fresh air at the same time. In some countries and some regions, cycling is one of the main means of transportation, and people use them to ride to work, stop at the grocery store, and visit their friends. No doubt, those people are much healthier than those who hop in the car to drive to a store around the corner. Cycling is one of the very best forms of cardiovascular exercises, and you can burn as much as 400 to 500 calories in just an hour of bicycling.

To maximize weight loss by riding a bicycle, a couple of factors play into the calorie burn and toning properties. The higher your present weight is, the harder your body has to work, which is great news for those who are overweight—it means those people will burn a much higher amount of calories during the same workout as someone who weighs less. Another important factor is the type of terrain you are riding on. A flat and level trail is great for beginners, but to up your exertion level, hills are the way to go. Of course, the speeds at which you ride and the length of time you spend riding both affect your weight loss as well.  I have found for myself that I can ride long periods if I am on a level track, tackling hills will come as I build up my muscles and my lungs. Here are some cool numbers that make the work really worth it—a 200-pound person will burn almost 600 calories riding at a moderate pace for an hour, and nearly 800 at a vigorous pace.

It is heartening to know that all over the country, biking trails are being formed from old railroad tracks and bridges, and there are great places to ride almost anywhere you happen to be, or travel to. If you do not yet have biking tracks in your vicinity, you can still enjoy biking in the neighborhood and explore a new road every day if you live in a suburb or in the country. If you live in the city and do not enjoy exercising in noisy and polluted areas, simply load the bike in your car and head for the countryside and enjoy the clean and cool air amidst the serenity of the countryside. No matter which option you pick, you will burn calories and enjoy the ride at the same time, without being bored and tied down to a single spot as in other forms of exercise.

As you increase the duration and intensity of bicycling, the positive results start showing up slowly but surely. In biking both the large and small muscles of the legs exert force and thereby they get developed and become stronger, not to mention more toned. By having more muscle mass, your metabolic rate rises and you will be burning additional fat even while you are resting. Biking even helps to strengthen other important parts of your body like your back and arm muscles and abdominal region.

What is a realistic goal you can set for your weight loss with biking? A gradual weight loss of one to two pounds per week is a reasonable target and it can be easily attained and maintained. To achieve a weight loss of one pound it is necessary to either consume less or burn 3500 calories. To hit this target, figure out your calorie burn. Ride for an hour five times a week, and your scale should lighten by a pound.

Having a reasonable goal and taking off weight gradually is effective, especially for the long term. Biking is a great way to lose weight because it is so enjoyable you will not mind exercising!

Denise Gabbard is a writer and blogger that writes about things she enjoys: biking, vacations, beaches, and animals. Holiday home insurance will cover your bike and other belongings that you leave at your favorite vacation spot when it is time to return to the rat race.

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