Do you want to burn some calories? Then did you consider joining a bicycle club? Bicycling is probably one of the best exercises that you can use for burning down those annoying calories. Of course, I am not talking about the stationary bike that they have in your local gym, but a real bicycle that you would go out and ride for a good stretch of miles outside.
And, unlike many other sports, the strain on your body is actually a lot less when you ride a bike. Your joint don’t suffer, it is not a competitive sport, there is no physical contact here and you can really enjoy in it as both as an individual, but also, and I am an avid supporter of this, in a group.
Of course, the more you do this, the more calories will you burn. This, of course, depends on how dedicated you are to that task. But unlike doing pushups or lifting weights that, let’s face it, no one likes to do, unless they actually do any sport and its their job to do that, you will most likely enjoy cycling a lot more and come back to it over and over.
Most cyclist can go for a good two hours ride. In terms of mileage, I know of guys that can go anywhere from 50 miles to 500 miles without making a single break. Of course, no one is telling you to go across your state (would be great if you could), but the more you can ride, the better effect it will have. Start small, if you can just do a mile or two don’t get discouraged by that, just keep going at it every day.
Let’s compare riding a bicycle for one hour with some other exercises and activities. A one hour of riding a bicycle at 12 miles per hour will burn 725 calories. Running for one hour at a pace of 10 miles per hour equals 910 cals lost. A one hour of 2 on 2 basket with your friends – 725 calories. One hour of rowing – 860 calories. Jumping a rope for one hour – 908 calories. Aerobics – 544 calories and down at the bottom of the list is weight lifting, which will help you lose “just” 275 calories after a full hour. Like you can see, riding a bicycle is just there with the rest of them and this is even if we don’t include hills, turns and wind. In that case, the amount of burnt calories goes even higher and it is about 900 for the same amount of time and mileage.
Thanks to bicycling, you can lose a lot of weight, but will also get in shape fast. Now, you can do this by yourself, that’s really easy, all you have to do is buy a bicycle, if you don’t own one and pick a route every day, but I think that you will enjoy it a lot better if you join a cycling club.