Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bike Riding...More Then Just Cardio

I think everyone favours a certain exercise for a cardiovascular workout. For me, I love obtaining more cardio workouts through a variety of methods. My favourite method would have to be bike riding. The reasons are many. Mainly, because it tones my legs (which is where I tend to put on weight) and burns a lot of calories. Secondly, it doesn't feel like working out, and thirdly its cheap.

It is such a great cardio work out, for instance, a person of my stature, can burn 396 calories in just 1 hour biking 12-14 mph. Which is an awesome calorie burn. Now for someone who is 180 lbs that same person could have the potential to burn 712.5 calories in 1 hour.

I never feel like I'm working out when I go bike riding. Its so peaceful. You get the opportunity to escape the busy lifestyle and get some fresh air. I tend to go with my husband for 2-3 hours about 3 times a week during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. We have explored so many trails, have witness so much beauty. We also, take a little break normally and have a small picnic. Its a great way to spend some quality time with someone your close to, or a great time to get that much needed "me time".

Biking is so cheap. No need to pay for a gym. You can usually find a decent bike for $99.00 (Canadian) and your good to go. Bikes should last you for quite a few years with proper care. So for all of those that are not in a winter season right now and have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, I suggest grabbing your helmet and bike...go for a ride, enjoy the breeze, fresh air, nature sounds, and fun during your next cardio session.

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  1. Okay, you're making me want to go buy a bike, which is w-a-y out there, for me. :-) Thanks for all the good information.

  2. My husband and I are crazy for biking! We do it as much as possible during the nicer months, and we do all sorts- cement, trails, paths, etc. We also do short, really intense hour-long rides and longer ones, (like 35-40 miles). (sigh)... I miss biking... Oh well, at least we have cross-country skiing in the wintertime, (which we're doing tomorrow, yay!) :)