6 Reasons Biking Boosts Weight Loss
- Won’t Wear Joints Out. Bicycling is a non impact exercise, which means no jarring on your joints. Even the heaviest rider can climb aboard a bike and pedal.
- Strengthens Body’s Biggest Muscles. Cycling uses all big muscles in your body—quads, hamstrings, hip muscles and glutes. All essential for increasing your fat-burning ability.
- Trains Muscles to Burn More Fat. Cycling, especially long, steady rides, builds hundreds of thousands of capillaries in your legs, which means you deliver more oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles.
- Produces More Ways to Burn Fat. The fitter you get, the more oxygen you can use, and the more fat you can burn.
- Increases Daily Calorie Burn. Even at a recreational pace of 13 to 15 miles per hour, you burn 500 to 600 calories in one hour–about 4,000 per week—enough to burn off more than a pound—if you ride just one hour every day. An hour of walking, on the other hand, burns 150 to 250 calories, while jogging burns between 350 and 450 calories.
- Continues Burning Calories Long After. Cycling coaxes your body to continue burning calories at a higher rate after you’ve racked your bike, because your body is still working to repair and replenish your muscles.