Cycling is not only an enjoyable activity but regular cycling keeps lungs and the heart healthy; builds strong muscles and helps in managing stress. Cycling leads to better mental and physical health and is also a great way to lose weight.
In this article, we will discuss some tips that can help us in losing weight by cycling.
1. Cycle with intensity
Cycling casually and in a leisurely manner doesn’t help much if you are aiming for weight loss. If you cycle fast the body burns calories quickly because it needs more energy. If you do intense cycling even for 30 minutes every day it will help you lose weight. However, a longer duration is associated with better results for weight loss.
2. Maintain consistency
It won’t do any good if one is not regular in cycling. One should aim for at least 3 to 4 days of cycling per week. A proper plan which includes the days, timings, distance to be covered and minimum duration for cycling, etc. goes a long way in achieving the goal of weight loss. This plan will help in maintaining consistency and losing weight through cycling will be very much possible.
3. Use cycle for commuting
Using a cycle to commute along with a regular cycling routine is a great way to lose some extra weight. Commuting by cycle will add a vital 30 – 40 minutes every day to your schedule. If you cannot use the cycle for commuting then use it whenever you go outside for buying groceries, vegetables, medicines, or anything else.
Remember that cycling not only leads to losing weight by burning calories when you are doing it but even later on as your body requires energy for the recovery of body cells.
4. Go longer than you want to
You should strive for longer distances gradually over time. Going longer distances at good enough intensity will burn more calories. You need to include this in your plan where you can aim to cover a certain distance during the first few weeks and then increase the distance gradually.
5. Manage your diet, eating, and sleeping habits
Along with all the above things, it is important to take care of what you eat and how you eat. One needs to cut down on energy bars and drinks. In place of energy drinks, one should have electrolyte drinks that help your body to recover without having any extra calories in them. Replacing desserts with fruits like bananas etc. is also a good way to cut down on calories.
Eating slowly is of great importance in weight loss as it prevents overeating. It takes time for the brain to get the signal that the body is full and one should stop eating. With slow eating, this signal reaches the brain on time and is not late.
Having a good sleep of 7 to 8 hours every night is essential for weight loss. Sleep deprivation may lead to overindulgence in eating especially a craving for sugary foods may develop.
Cycling is a very good way of losing weight for people of all ages if done along with following these tips. It also leads to an overall better quality of life.