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Bike Your Way To Fitness!

Physical fitness during COVID-19 has forced many of us into alternate forms of exercise. Gyms are closed, social distancing has made most sports nearly impossible to play, and online video workouts are a little tough to deal with.

Now that spring is in the air, it’s time to dust off your bike and take a ride!

The benefits of cycling are almost as endless as the country lanes you could soon be exploring. If you’re considering taking up cycling, and weighing it up against other potential activities, then I’m here to tell you that cycling is hands down one of the very best options.

𝗖𝘆𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗪𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗟𝗼𝘀𝘀

The simple equation, when it comes to weight loss, is ‘calories out must exceed calories in’. So you need to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. Cycling burns calories: between 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on intensity, rider weight, and type of biking done (road bike vs. mountain bike).

𝗖𝘆𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹-𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴

A study by the YMCA showed that people who had a physically active lifestyle had a wellbeing score 32 percent higher than inactive individuals.

There are so many ways that exercise can boost your mood: there’s the basic release of adrenalin and endorphins, and the improved confidence that comes from achieving new things (such as completing a sportive or getting closer to that goal).

Cycling combines physical exercise with being outdoors and exploring new views. You can ride solo – giving you time to process worries or concerns, or you can ride with a group which broadens your social circle.

𝗖𝘆𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝘀 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗲

The resistance element of cycling means that it doesn’t just burn fat: it also builds muscle – particularly around the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves. Muscle is leaner than fat, and people with a higher percentage of muscle burn more calories even when sedentary.

𝗕𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗟𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵

You won’t be alone if this point seems contradictory to common sense. But a recent study suggests that people who ride a bike are actually exposed to fewer dangerous fumes than those who travel by car.

A study by the Healthy Air Campaign, Kings College London, and Camden Council, saw air pollution detectors fitted to a driver, a bus user, a pedestrian and a cyclist using a busy route through central London.

The results showed that the driver experienced five times higher pollution levels than the cyclist, as well as three and a half more than the walker and two and a half times more than the bus user. Long story short: the cyclist won.

𝗖𝘂𝘁𝘀 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 & 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗶𝘀𝗸

Cycling raises your heart rate and gets the blood pumping around your body, and it burns calories, limiting the chance of your being overweight. As a result, it’s among a selection of forms of exercise recommended by the NHS as being healthy ways to cut your risk of developing major illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

New evidence was presented in the form of a study conducted by the University of Glasgow. Researchers studied over 260,000 individuals over the course of five years – and found that cycling to work can cut a riders risk of developing heart disease or cancer in half.

Dr. Jason Gill of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences commented: “Cycling all or part of the way to work was associated with substantially lower risk of adverse health outcomes.”

𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗔𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗙𝗢𝗥?

It’s time! Get on your bike today and burn calories while enjoying nature. There really isn’t a better all around low-impact exercise that’s suited to all fitness levels.

HAPPY TRAILS!

𝙋𝙎- 𝙇𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙗𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙧 𝙤𝙧 𝙎𝙐𝙑? 𝘾𝙝𝙚𝙘𝙠 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙡𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝘽𝙞𝙘𝙮𝙘𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜.𝙘𝙤𝙢.

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