Get on your bike!
Whether you're a street cycler, mountain biker or spinner, you'll know the benefits of cycling. From toning your body to getting you into the great outdoors, riding a bike really is a brilliant form of exercise. But if you haven't ridden since your school days, don't worry - it's never too late to get back into it. Here are some hints and tips for getting the most out of your bike-based workout.
Your Fitness magazine advises not to fall into the habit of riding your bike like a pedalo; instead, push yourself hard. Pedalling at pace revs up the heart rate, which in turn uses a lot of energy and stimulates the production of HGH (human growth hormone). This hormone is key to burning fat and can keep on working up to 24 hours after you've demounted your bike. Don't jump in at the deep end, but rather build your fitness slowly. You'll be pedalling your heart out in no time.
If you're a fan of biking in the comfort of your own gym, you'll no doubt be a spin devotee. If you currently head to spin after work, why not try switching it up and get a good cycle in before your day begins? Research has shown that exercising on a fasted state burns more calories than if you've consumed a day's worth of food. Don't rush to the gym with nothing in your stomach though - grab a banana for some energy. Then turn the music up and cycle away!
If cycling through inner-city streets and weaving between cars and buses fills you with dread, just ditch the roads and hit open terrain instead. Mountain biking means keeping fit and taking in clean, fresh air. Plus you'll avoid road-rage drivers and wayward pedestrians. Another bonus of hitting nature is that it can work your body harder, as the terrain is different, plus you'll have to avoid nature's own obstacles like tree stumps and dips in the ground.