Riding a bicycle is a great form of exercise; and if you have a habit of riding it outdoors, then you can enjoy the fresh air while resting assured that you are burning those extra calories. It is a guaranteed way of losing weight and improving the cardiovascular efficiency of the body. Depending on your bodyweight and the intensity of your ride, you will probably burn somewhere between 400 and 500 calories on a one hour bicycling trip.
In a gym setup, cycling is one of the favorite forms of cardiovascular workout. Thanks to technological advances, you can easily adjust the speed, inclination, and rate of calorie burnout on the stationary bike. This will not only help you to burn calories but will also build up your muscles. As both the large (quadriceps and hamstring) as well as the small (calf) muscles of your legs get worked out, they become stronger and get better developed.
The biggest benefit of building lean muscles is that while making you look slimmer, it also raises the basal metabolic rate of your body, i.e., it increases the calorie burnout even during rest. So, even after you finish riding your bike, your body continues to burn the extra calories as you rest or watch television, lazing around on your sofa. Cycling also builds up the muscles of your abdomen and back. Hence, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it helps to strengthen the core muscles of the body.
This is essential for the maintenance of good posture and beneficial for our day-to-day activities such as grocery shopping, picking and dropping our children, and doing field work. It is very beneficial for those whose ultimate aim in life is weight loss. A gradual weight loss is recommended as it helps to maintain the muscle mass and ensures long-term success. Comparatively, those who lose weight very quickly with the help of crash diets are at a great risk of regaining the lost weight within no time.
Lifestyle modifications and dietary changes are the only two ways of shedding that extra flab, but making too many changes at one time may not be a very good idea. For example, starting off with cycling, and simultaneously indulging in aerobics or power yoga, while suddenly switching to a salad diet, has higher chances of failure. Once you feel that cycling has become a habit and you are feeling much stronger and healthier, you can gradually make dietary changes or any other additional changes one after another, rather than all together.