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Bike riding, a good way to lose weight?


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I love to bike riding and I noticed it burns quite a few calories so I was wondering is it good? And what areas of the body does it work?

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YES!  Riding a bike is a phenominal way to lose weight.

The action works your entire leg, glute, core, arms, etc.  It can be a full body workout - depending on your terrain and how much you challenge yourself.

To optimize weight loss by riding your bike I suggest adding "sprints" or sporadic bursts where you ride hard for a shorter period of time, then recover.  Do this every other day you ride and you'll quickly see results.

Good luck!

PS:  If you live by any bridges - ride em - it's awesome!

Simple answer: YES!

It burns huge amounts of calories, especially, like giapa said, when you really push yourself.  The places I have noticed the most difference in terms of muscle groups are my thighs, hips, and butt, but it's also a good workout for your calves and obliques (sides of your abs.) 

The trick is, though, that you can't just take a leisurely ride around town and call it a day.  You've got to focus on pushing yourself to go a little further and faster as you get more comfortable with riding.  Look for ways to get extra resistance, be it hills, riding into the wind, etc. 

Have fun!  I, too, love to ride my bike.  It doesn't even seem like "work" to me.
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Thanks for the answers, I have a trail with lots of hills by my house and I tend to ride it because there isn't people to really watch me and it is very pretty.

Ditto.  Invest in a Heart Rate Monitor to ensure you are getting up into your Target Heart Range for weight loss, other wise you will enjoy the scenery, but not a smaller waist!

I'll add myself to the YES crowd.

Not only is it a great way to burn calories, but it is also fun. But as has been said, you really have to push yourself. Climb hills, go down, climb the next one, repeat.

ahhh...sorry...I'll be the only one to say NO....hear me out.

bike riding is very good for the joints, and other muscles as rehab; however...to reap any weight losing benefits...specifically weight losing...you have to ride at least 10 miles or more (I'm not sure what that would equate to as far as hours, but not a good way to lose weight.  unless you can ride for that long and that far. 

oops...I see that you said calories and not to lose weight.....my bad...still ride long ride hard.

stationary bikes are boring...ride outside...it's getting nice now.

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Original Post by eddiepotter:

oops...I see that you said calories and not to lose weight.....my bad...still ride long ride hard.

stationary bikes are boring...ride outside...it's getting nice now.

 I do ride outside, don't even own a stationary bike. :P

I ride 2-3 hours.

oh ok...no worries

I have to respectfully disagree about biking NOT being a good for weightloss unless you travel at least 10 miles... 

Weight loss = Calories In, Calories Out, right?  Well, speaking from personal experience biking (surprisingly) gets my heart rate higher than any other form of cardio (even more so than running!).  I wear a heart rate monitor and weekdays after work I'll ride my bike up a pretty mellow fireroad and back down, then back up then back down for probably a total of 6 miles and burn on average 750 calories for 80 minutes.  And that's a super easy ride...  There's this 11 mile loop I do every Sunday that takes me about 2 and a half hours and I burn 1200 calories!

I think it really depends 1) WHERE you are biking (as I just noticed you addressed in a follow-up post, haha oh well I'll still post), Ex: Pavement, Dirt, Uneven surfaces, Hills, Downhill, etc and 2) How good of bike fitness you have (which will determine your heart rate), it's great cross-training (I could run 8 miles no problem when I started mountain biking but a 5 mile ride was hard!)

You and everyone else that have posted are right though, it depends how hard you push yourself.  If you are jus cruisin around on a flat paved road or in the gym it's going to take time and distance to burn a lot of calories. 

For the OP, just remember, hills are your friend =)
Original Post by taranehneh:

For the OP, just remember, hills are your friend =)

 Or a nice 10 - 20+ mph wind, if you live, as I do, where it's flat.  Laughing

I have to put my two cents in here too.  It is a great way to burn calories and great cardio if your heart rate gets high enough AND you can maintain keeping your heart rate elevated long enough.  AND it's a great lower body workout, but I am a firm believer in making sure the entire body gets some love.  Make sure and do something to involve your upper body too.  A little strength training here and there will build muscle and as a result, you will burn more calories even when you are not working out...good luck! =)
Original Post by stefiann:

I have to put my two cents in here too.  It is a great way to burn calories and great cardio if your heart rate gets high enough AND you can maintain keeping your heart rate elevated long enough.  AND it's a great lower body workout, but I am a firm believer in making sure the entire body gets some love.  Make sure and do something to involve your upper body too.  A little strength training here and there will build muscle and as a result, you will burn more calories even when you are not working out...good luck! =)

 What do you think I should do? My upper body is pretty strong because I tend to pick up my friends and run around stupidly(I am 15 so it uhh not as weird as if I were an adult).

yeah most people think they burn a lot of calories riding a bike, but then they remembered that they went down hill, or that the bike was moving, but their legs were not, and they were just rolling along for a while...so it takes miles to benefit from bike riding. 

You ever try extreme running?  Very very dangerous, but extremely fun if you have good balance, an foot and eye coordination. 

I totally agree that strength training is essential to weight loss!

Man, you guys need to try MOUNTAIN BIKING!  My heart rate is nearly as high on the DOWNHILLS than they are on the uphills (nearly the same calories burned going downhill) AND I use my core and upper body A LOT, my triceps and a bit of my biceps are SORE (and lookin pretty good if I say so myself, ;-) LOL) because I use them to absorb whatever my fork can't absorb...

Just wear a HRM so you can tell if you are taking it to easy or not... if you're going too easy then bike more miles...

Extreme running is a BLAST! =)
You're 15?!!!!  I commend you for putting fitness as a priority in your life!  Good for you!  Making choices to give your body (a machine) exercise now, and making it a habit will most likely stick with you into your adult years.  Anyway.  Good for you.  If you're 15, I wouldn't worry all that much about any sort of strict regimen.  Keep staying active with your friends and you'll do just fine.  If you want to do more on your upper body, do some bicep curls, flys, etc.  Work your triceps, shoulders, pecs, etc.  And always keep your core strong.  There's a reason they call it the core.  But, really, great job for making healthy choices! =)

holy crap...you know what extreme running is?...cool...most people look at me like huh?...what?...huh?

 

Who has time for extreme running? =)  I wish I did! =)  Lucky, Eddie...

This is extreme running.  They do more flips than we do, because we tend to9 focus more on the running, but when obstacles to come...we flip dive roll cross...

 

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/363694/acrobati c_extreme_free_running/

Oh My Goodness, Eddie!  I thought you were talking about Ultra running, you know those people who run 50-100 miles in a weekend...=)  That looks like so much fun!!!!!!
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