Can riding a bicycle help lose weight?


Can riding a bicycle help lose weight? The short answer is "yes." The long answer is "double yes." This is because biking is an aerobic activity. When you do aerobic exercise, you use the big muscles in your body those in your arms, legs and hips.

Aerobic activities like jogging, swimming and, naturally, biking make it harder to breathe and increase your heart rate. In the long run, doing aerobic exercise results in stronger hearts and lower blood pressure. Both of these have been linked to weight loss.

That being said, aerobic exercise is also an effective way of losing weight. Because these activities are usually fairly intense, they burn many calories. In the case of biking, this activity employs the largest muscles in the body those in your legs and butt.

Because they're so big, your body will work harder when you're engaging them your lungs will work harder, your heart will pump faster even if the exercise itself isn't exceptionally difficult. So it's no surprise that biking at even a moderate speed is a great way to stay in shape.

If you ride 12 to 14 miles per hour (a speed that can be attained relatively easily, even by rookies), you can lose more than 500 calories. Over time, biking will strengthen your body, improve your digestion, improve your immune system, and help you sleep better.

Biking has also been associated with stress reduction. Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between reducing stress and reaching as well as maintaining a healthy weight. This reduction is caused both because biking is a form of exercise and because many people feel joy and freedom while out on the open road.

Riding a bike is gentler on the body than other sports. While these activities (running, for example) create stress on the joints and knees, biking is a smoother experience. This makes it easier to "pick up and play" than other sports, especially seeing as most people already own a bike. Because of its smoother experience and its potential to explore new areas (which is not the case for indoor sports), many people have no trouble biking once a week or even more often.

Not only is biking an inexpensive way of getting around, but it's also better for the planet. Less driving means less gas is used, which means less pollution is sent into the atmosphere. Plus, as a biker you can often avoid the stress caused by waiting in traffic.

If you want to start biking as part of your exercise routine, be sure to take some precautions. Always wear your helmet, and read up on local bylaws and regulations.

Make sure you know where you’re going, and always have a plan in case of emergencies (for example, if it starts to rain or snow).

Communicate with motorists, pedestrians, and other bikers, and wear reflective gear if you're biking at night. For best results, combine your biking with a healthy diet and remember to always have fun. Your body will thank you!