Got A Bicycle In The Garage? Use It To Help Lose Weight!

Weight loss always seems to be something the majority of people are concerned with and should be to some extent. They are always looking for new ways to lose those extra pounds. Quite often there are things that we do every day that we can incorporate into a weight loss plan.

As we are all aware weight loss is done much faster when you add a well balanced eating plan with a great exercise regime. Then the question arises on what type of exercise would be best for you. The key is to find something that you are comfortable with, something you have at home to limit expenses and something that is fun to do. Let’s face it if you have to exercise you might as well have fun.

Bicycling is a great form of exercise that will assist you in losing weight and you can have fun at as well. Riding your bike is a great form of exercise as it is low impact on your body and joints as well it burns lots of calories. I guess there is then the question as to what bike works best for you and for weight loss. Chances are if you have a bike collecting dust in the garage, it’s great to dust off and use. A stationary bike will also work for losing weight and having great exercise. If you own either one of these there is no need at all to purchase anything they will work fine.

A stationary bike can be set up anywhere around the house that you wish to exercise. Your other bike can be transported to a certain place like a park or trail to be ridden or do it around the neighborhood. Transporting the bike is easy, just purchase a bike rack (maybe like those made by Swagman bike racks), install and you can take your bike anywhere. The price ranges widely for a good rack and can fit most budgets.

Start It Slow

Unless you are an experienced rider you will want to be careful about where you ride and for how long. The best way to start riding your bike for weight loss is to start off slow. This is advised and then you can work up to doing more when you are feeling comfortable. It’s probably best at first to stick to flat ground and then you can increase once you are more comfortable.

Your body will tell you when you are ready to move forward. Don’t push yourself and stand the chance of injuring yourself then you won’t be able to do anything. A good rule of thumb is to add some distance maybe once or twice a week if you are feeling good. It’s much better to do an easier workout then to attempt a harder one and get injured.

Do make sure if cycling on the streets that you also have the proper protective clothing and you cycle where the areas are well marked off for bikers. For this reason, as well as people not knowing what distance they can do they quite often go to a closed track. Some parks have these as well. They may be a ½ or ¼ mile path or track. This way also you will be safe and avoid traffic.

Plenty Of Areas To Ride

There are many ways to find good places to cycle. Contact friends and if any of them bike then ask them where they go or visit trailink.com for a good resource for finding all kinds of trails. It’s also a great idea to go to a bike store they will have a list of safe places as well. Calling your local city or community center is a good idea as well as they will have some good information. Remember the main thing is all about feeling comfortable and keeping it fun. Secondly in addition to having fun you need to make sure that you are safe.

“Burn, Baby, Burn”

So how many calories can you burn by riding your bike? It has been said that cycling burns up a lot of calories and more than most other activities. Let’s take a look at the calories that 30 minutes of each exercise burns:

(source: fitwatch.com/database/searchexdb.html)

Cycling 12-14mph……………..356
Golf ………………………….243
Hiking ………………………..248
Housework……………………..118
Pilates beginner ………………151

Some of these numbers were a bit surprising. So if you go for a nice leisure bike ride for an hour you would lose over 700 calories. In addition to riding your bike and losing weight it also makes you feel good. It has long been said when you feel better about yourself others will feel better about you as well. Naturally the more you ride the more you will keep feeling better about yourself. There are so many nice things about cycling outside is the elements. You get to enjoy the fresh air and you never have to worry about the traffic either.

So as evident from the information provided here riding a bike is a great way to lose weight. Its inexpensive and something that can be a lot of fun. It’s great for burning calories, especially when you are eating better. Once you start feeling better it’s just a happy feeling.

About the Author: Matt Dupree is the author of many articles in many topics and the owner and publisher of Trailer Hitch Racks, a site for tips and advice on bicycles and cycling, as well as reviews of bicycle racks made for your trailer hitch receiver. When he is not working he can be found either on the lake fishing or riding his bike with his family. .

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