Younger women can keep from gaining extra weight by cycling. Even small increases in the amount of time a premenopausal woman rides a bicycle every day will decrease the risk of weight gain, as found in a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. As little as five minutes a day was shown to help to control weight.
Cycling can be easily incorporated into anyone’s daily life. Instead of hitting the gym, you can cycle as transportation to shops, school or running local errands. It won’t feel as much like exercise because you are accomplishing other things while taking a leisurely ride and it doesn’t take much to make an impact on your efforts to keep off the extra pounds.
Once you purchase a bike, you don’t have a lot of money going towards your cycling. Unlike a gym or exercise class where you have ongoing fees and costs, you will pretty much have little or no costs to maintain your bike.
Cycling can be a solo endeavor or you can involve the whole family. Riding can be a fun activity for everyone. You can plan trips to local parks or explore local bike trails and paths. Depending on how far away you live from work, you can even use your commute to exercise and be more environmentally friendly. You will be cutting down on gas usage and wear and tear on your vehicle.
Unlike some forms of exercise that require you to learn new skills and techniques, cycling is something most of us already know how to do. There is no big learning period and it is far easier on larger women than high impact sports. Cycling is gentler and more comfortable for people who are overweight.
To make the best of your bicycle and ensure your own safety and continued motivation, you should take the advice of the folks over at the Total Bike website.
-Check with your doctor. Before embarking on any new exercise routine, it is advisable to make sure you have no health issues that could be complicated; even when the exercise is considered gentle.
-Find the right bike for you. A local shop can help you with a type of bike, size and show you the pricing options available.
-Start slow. Don’t overdo it at first. Start slow and build up to greater distances and times, just as you would with anything else.
-Follow safety rules. Be safe when you are cycling, especially when sharing the road with motorists. Know your local bike laws and traffic laws and adhere to the usage of any safety equipment, such as a helmet or reflective clothing.
Press Release, Bicycling, Brisk Walking Help Women Control Weight, Harvard School of Public Health
Total Bike, Advice For Starting a Bicycling Exercise Routine