Biking is an effective way of exercising and losing weight. Making biking a part of your weekly routine—whether outdoors or inside on a stationary bike—is a great way to increase muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.

Biking for Weight Loss

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Consider just a few benefits of biking:

  • Keeps you slim – Biking can help you trim down and maintain your ideal weight. Most gyms offer high-intensity spinning classes that provide a complete body-toning workout. The intervals in the spinning class will challenge your lower body, providing impressive calorie-burning potential.
  • Environmentally-friendly – Biking is very popular throughout Europe, with the Danes biking an average of 600 miles per year.Biking helps reduce our carbon footprint. If people start driving less and biking more, we can reduce CO2 emissions significantly.
  • Opens up the world – Biking will enable you to view the world more fully than you can from a car seat . There are places that you cannot reach with your car that will be accessible on a bike. You can enjoy nature’s full panorama while biking.
  • Adds years to your life – Studies have shown that people who bike vigorously each day can add nearly four years to their lifespan.
  • Improves your health – Biking is a low-impact exercise, which makes it an ideal workout for people who are at risk of joint injuries.
  • Boosts your mood – A brisk ride on your bike can help produce endorphins that will make you feel good for several hours. Even a low-intensity ride, if done regularly, can markedly enhance your energy levels.
  • Gives fast results – If you are the type of person who does not have much time to spare for exercising, biking may be a great option. A 22 minute high-intensity cycling workout can improve your heart and overall health faster than 30 minutes of low or medium intensity exercise.
  • Supports heart health – Biking is not only about losing weight. It can also help you improve the health of your heart. The British Medical Journal found that people who bike for 20 miles per day are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, compared with people who don’t bike.
  • Brings new friends – Joining a cycling club can enable you to meet like-minded people.

If you are in an exercise rut, consider the perks of biking. It’s a low-impact, interesting way to improve your physical and mental health.