When it comes to losing weight, it’s a well known fact that a balance of healthy eating and exercise is the best way to see results but what form of exercise should you take up? You head to the gym and if you haven’t had an induction, you can be left thinking, now I know all of these machines will do me good and will work different parts of my body, but which should I prioritise and which will work the parts of my body I want to focus on? One that many know about, have tried, but aren’t sure what the benefits are is the bike, which is one of the quickest forms of exercising for losing weight. Here’s a few reasons why cycling is definitely the best form of exercise…
1. It builds up the muscles in your legs
Toned legs will make your bum look better and give you greater posture which will come in handy in all times in your life. Not only this, but having powerful legs gives you a good starting point for taking up other forms of exercise such as netball, rowing and football.
2. It doesn’t have to be in a gym
The beauty of cycling is that you don’t have to be stuck in one spot to do it, in fact, it is better if you get out in the open and cycle outdoors. For those of you that can’t stand the thought of running on a treadmill whilst staring at a wall, cycling allows you to travel much further distances than running, therefore allowing you to see much more scenery.
3. It is easy on your joints
Cycling supports much of your body as you are exercising, for example your knees are supported by the pedals which makes it the perfect exercise for even those who are maybe older or just getting back into sport after an injury.
4. It is good for your heart
Cycling greatly increases your heart rate which means blood is pumping round your body much more quickly and hence, burning off more calories. Cycling can get you active without tiring you out quickly because you can take it at your own speed.
5. It is cheap
Once you have purchased your perfect bike, there are no monthly fees needed as there are with gym memberships, the world is your oyster, you can even go abroad to exercise if you feel like it!
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