Bicycling is an excellent form of exercise and a great way to burn extra calories, weight and energy. Biking truly is one of the great calorie burners when it comes to choices of exercise. Pedal away and you raise your heart rate, warm up your muscles, avoid the heavy pounding of running and reap the rewards of exercise induced endorphins.
The number of calories you burn riding your bike can range from as little as 200 or well over a thousand depending on number of personal and environmental factors. Personal factors like your age, weight, sex and cardiovascular fitness can have an impact as can factors like how long you ride, how hilly your route, how heavy your bike and whether there is a head wind or a tail wind hurting or helping you along the way.
An inefficient or slow metabolism is often the culprit when considering weight gain. Many research studies have shown that regular exercise can jump start your metabolism and maximize the body's efficiency in burning fuel (or calories). Cycling, in particular, because of the consistent effort required the keep the bike moving, is particularly effective at raising the metabolism.
Cycling, whether for transportation or specifically for exercise, is an easy activity to get into and an easy activity on the body. Don't worry about the spandex, you don't really need any special clothing. It doesn't require any special skills. If you learned how to ride a bike as a kid, you could just climb onto the saddle and start pedaling.
All that said, perhaps the most important factor in sustained calorie burning in biking is consistency. Just make sure you get out there and get the miles in. New bike commuters are often surprised by how much looser their clothes fit after a month or two of riding back and forth to work. They don't realize how much effort they expend riding even leisurely two times a day.
Whether you are riding back and forth to work, sightseeing, riding in one spot in the gym or taking to the roads in your best Tour de France fantasy, you are bound to shape up with this two-wheeled form of cardiovascular exercise.
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