A basic definition of exercise is: A planned physical activity for the purpose of improving overall health, maintaining fitness, and conditioning the body.
A good exercise regimen will include cardiovascular conditioning, strength and resistance training, and flexibility.
Riding a bike is one of the most effective workouts you can do. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons why riding a bike is such a great way to exercise:
The obvious toning effect from cycling are the legs and buttocks. The motion of the legs and the strength from the buttocks required for propelling the bicycle tone the quadriceps muscle (which runs down the front of the thigh), the gluteus maximus (which covers each buttocks cheek), and the calves.
But don’t forget that when riding a bike you are also sculpting your upper body, too, by working the handlebars.
2. Burns Calories
A bicycle can be a calorie-burning machine. For example, the average 150 pound person will burn:
- 270 calories per hour riding a bicycle at a leisurely pace
- 576 calories per hour mountain biking
- 594 calories per hour riding a bicycle at a 12-14 mph pace
- 720 calories per hour riding a bicycle at a 14-16 mph pace
3. Works Your Muscles
You can work your core muscles and triceps by riding several times up a hill that takes between three and ten minutes to climb.
Spend half the time pedaling out of the saddle, and while you stabilize your body over the bike, all of your muscles will be engaged.
4. Improves Heart Health
Biking provides cardiovascular benefits regardless of how fast you go. The trick is to look for a road or path where you can ride for at least 30 minutes without stopping so you can keep a consistent pace.
Of course, the faster you can pedal a speed that you maintain, the more aerobic is your workout, further strengthening your cardiovascular system.
5. Boosts Energy
Recent studies have found that bike riding improved energy levels by 20 percent and decreased fatigue by 65 percent. The reason is that cycling triggers the brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is linked to energy.
The studies also showed that pedaling at a moderate pace 3 to 5 times a week fought fatigue better than biking hard.
There are as many different kinds of bikes as there are riders. Whatever your exercise level, we have a bike for you. You’ll find everything from road bikes to mountain bikes, bmx bikes and much more at Bicycle Warehouse.