We have good news for those who are looking to lose weight or get fit. There are many things to consider when you decide to begin cycling. Indoor or outdoor? 45 minutes on the peloton or long endurance rides? It will determine what type of cycling you do and where you can ride it. Whatever your choice, bicycling can help you lose weight.
What are the differences in indoor and outdoor cycling?
There are many differences between indoor and outside cycling–such as gear–but neither is better than the other. It is useful to consider what you want from the experience if you are unsure which one to choose. Outdoor cycling is a better option if you want to improve your skills. Indoor cycling offers more control over your workout.
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“Cycling indoors can be a great choice if you want to add some high-intensity interval Training (HIIT)”, shares Cat Kom Founder and CEO of Studio SWEAT onDemand . You can easily adjust and control the resistance of any indoor spin bicycle. The outdoor environment is less important than indoor.
Indoor cycling can be made more realistic by using a trainer. Erin Truslow
A certified triathlon coach and cyclist based in Austin Texas recommends a smart trainer such as the Wahoo Snap or Wahoo Kickr. Although these trainers simulate road cycling, outdoor cycling is a different experience. It is ideal for longer rides, and it can present challenges with weather, road conditions, motorists. However you can also develop technical skills that you wouldn’t be able to face indoors.
You will find the best type of cycling that you enjoy. It shouldn’t be difficult! Truslow says that choosing the right space is not a chore.
Are you looking to lose belly fat by cycling?
You can’t lose belly fat if you start cycling for the sole purpose of losing weight. But, cycling can help you lose belly fat.
Kom says that cycling can help you lose belly fat. It burns so much calories and makes it easy for you to reach that critical fat-burning zone. It requires core strength to build muscle, which helps keep the weight off.
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Cycling is not only good for losing belly fat but also has many health benefits. Research has shown that Cycling can lower blood pressure and low-density cholesterol (LDL) levels. This can lead to
Heart disease and stroke.
How many calories can you lose from cycling?
The exact amount of calories you will burn by cycling is not known. Truslow notes that each person’s metabolism of calories is different depending on their gender, age and weight.
Truslow states that there are other factors involved, such as speed and terrain. These all can make a big difference. Kom says that a spin class can burn between 400 and 600 calories per 60 minutes. Research helps to widen the gap
A spin class can burn between 300-600 calories.
Are you looking for a way to lose weight?
Cycling is a great way to lose weight. Actually, Research has shown that
Cycling is better than swimming or walking for weight loss. The study did not alter the diets of the participants.
Kom notes that cycling is a cardio exercise. It will help you lose weight and tone your core by burning fat and increasing your heart rate.
There are many things you can do on the bike to help weight loss. These include proper nutrition and staying hydrated. You will have the best chance of losing weight if you balance your diet and exercise.
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Truslow says that weight loss is possible by eating smart, exercising and hydrating well. Calories in and calories out – that’s all there is to it. It is difficult because people tend to underestimate the amount of calories they eat daily and overestimate how many calories they burn during a workout. This is when pounds begin to pile up.
- Cat Kom, CEO and founder of Studio SWEAT OnDemand
- CDC Vital Signs, February 2011 ” High blood pressure and Cholesterol.”
- Chavarrias M, Carlos-Vivas J, Collado-Mateo D, Perez-Gomez J. ” Indoor Cycling’s Health Benefits: A Systematic Review.” Medicina. 2019;55(8):452. Published 2019 Aug 8. doi:10.3390/medicina55080452
- Erin Truslow Austin, Texas-based triathlon and cycling coach,
- Gwinup G., Weight Loss without Dietary Restraint: Efficacy of Different Forms of Aerobic Exercise.” Am J Sports Med. 1987;15(3):275-279. doi:10.1177/036354658701500317
- Kaya, F., et. Kaya, F., et.al, “Effect of Spinning Cycling Training On Body Composition In Women.” Journal of Education and Training Studies. Vol. 6, No. 4; April 2018. doi:10.11114/jets.v6i4.3028