Cycling For Enjoyment and Health, Well How About It?
People are generally creatures of habit. I head that somewhere. And I think it’s a safe bet that this statement holds pretty true. If you adopted a healthy approach to being healthy you know that this lifestyle includes you being active a lot more than kicking back and sitting and watching TV or playing your favorite video games. So you committed to getting up and going through the motions. But after a year or two or lacing up those sneaks and hitting the open road or mountain trail you’re getting a little bit stuck in doing the same old-same old. You even opted for a few trial memberships at the local gyms that your friends and co-workers attend to meet, and do some friendly competitive workouts. But you realize that for you, you’d rather be going the exercise/fitness routine alone. Not that you’re anti-social, far from it. You just like to commit to concentrating on what you’re doing and NOT worry about what you’re wearing as you sweat, maybe grunt a time or two and see your friends acknowledge you with a smile or two.
So, now you’re thinking about taking up cycling to change up your usual exercise routine and get some new energy back into your weekly workouts. That’s great idea, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind as you take on this new fitness lifestyle.
Cycling requires concentration, balance, strength, endurance, and awareness of what’s happening around you, at all times!. It also requires a lot of energy, since it’s one of the most calorically demanding sports.
A 150 pound cyclist can burn around 700 calories an hour pedaling at a 14-15.9 mph pace (moderate effort). If our aspiring cyclist increased the pace to a more vigorous effort of around 16-19 mph, they could burn almost 900 calories an hour. While other sports like running can burn just as many calories. An elite marathoner might use around 2,000 calories for the entire two-hour race, but a pro cyclist can sustain this effort even longer.
They can burn more than 6,000 calories in a single day of racing, and do it every day for over three weeks. Cycling is also relatively easy on the joints, which makes it a great exercise for overweight people or those with mobility problems. But don’t eliminate the strength training. A good balance of cardio and strength straining works hand in hand in making you able to go the distance, on your rides.
One study found that recreational cyclists had lower bone mineral density than runners, likely due to the fact that they weren’t placing as much strain on their bones. Even pro cyclists have lower bone mineral density than average athlete. Not only will strength training increase your bone density, it can also improve cycling performance by boosting metabolism, building lean weight and shedding fat.
Now if this doesn’t make you want to get out there and start your self-propelled two-wheel journey, then maybe another good reason to do so is that like a long distance runner. You can get those endorphin's working overtime by tuning into your surroundings and feel satisfied in your accomplishments.
Remember, tuning into your surroundings does NOT mean tuning out what’s happening around you! Cycling, even when biking alone is a group participation sport, because your also sharing the course with mechanical objects that can weigh more than 10x’s your body weight, yep, cars and trucks! So besides looking what’s coming up out in front of you, knows what’s coming up behind and alongside of you as well.
Now there are a few things you’re going to need in order to take on this change in fitness activity.
The first is a Bike. Now you do not need to spend an exorbitant amount of money in purchasing a bike. You can, but why would you. We recommend going to a well-established bike shop. Not a chain store. A bike shop, that sells bikes and bike accessories, not kayaks, and basketballs and baseball bats. If you’re looking for a bike that is only going to be used on weekends, well then maybe that is the shop for you. But if you really are going to be taking this seriously, you’re going to be looking at spending anywhere from $500.00 to $1,000.00 or slightly more, for a bike that’s going to be a good fit for you.
That’s why going to a professional bike shop is what you need to do. These shop owners, know bikes, why, because most if not all ride bikes! They are going to be able to fit your body style with a bike frame that fits you! There is a mathematical formula involved with finding the right size, which i'm not going into right here and now. Then there is the knowledge that comes from years of experience with pairing up the right frame, and seat adjustment to fit a person's body size in order to have them traveling down the road in both safety and comfort.
Next and probably most important is having them help you choose the right helmet. Most accidents that occur with cyclists can result in head trauma and having the right fitting helmet can help protect you from a serious head injury. The experts at this same bike shop can help you pick out the right helmet for your heads shape and size.
Naturally there are more things you may need to purchase in getting started like the right tight fitting clothing, made from breathable materials, water bottles like the …… .
Another item that we feel is a good companion to take along on your ride is a good GPS enabled cycling computer. Yes, that’s right, a cycling computer. Think about it, you’re going for distance, you’re looking to keep improving your health, pushing your ride as you’re pushing your body. To be able to do this you’re going to need data that can be tracked so that you can be aware of just how well you are doing. To do this you need a good reliable biking computer like the Garmin Explorer 820 Cycling Computer . This GPS bike computer features a built-in Garmin Cycle Map with points of interest, bike-friendly trails and more. It also has a high-resolution touchscreen that’s easy to read, even in sunlight. Now you can navigate with confidence. To assist in incident avoidance, Edge Explore 820 is also compatible with our wide range of Varia cycling awareness products, including Varia Rearview Radar and Smart Bike Lights , See and be seen when the Edge Explore 820 is paired with these bike lights or the radar, which detects approaching traffic. And while you’re rolling on 2 wheels, Edge Explore 820 also keeps you connected³ to the rest of the world with smart notifications, live tracking, social media sharing and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, the free online Garmin fitness community.
So now that we passed along a little helpful information for you. The only thing you need to decide is what color bike you’re gonna be seen on.