Interesting Bicycling facts
February 27, 2011 | In: Sport Facts
Because bicycling is a non-weight bearing exercise — with the bike supporting body weight, keeping the stress off joints — even people who are extremely overweight, have bad knees or otherwise find exercise difficult can get a good workout. Done right, you can burn an average of about 600 calories per hour and reach your target heart zone within a few minutes. Here’s how:
* Don’t coast. It can be very easy to glide through your workout, but that won’t help your waistline or heart rate. Instead, work the gears and keep your legs moving. If traffic or other factors in your area make steady riding impossible, try moving your bike indoors with special equipment designed to turn it (temporarily) into a stationary bike.
* Mind your form. If you’re not positioned on the bike correctly, you’ll tire more easily and have to cut your workout short. Proper position: Keep your back at a flat 45 degree angle. When pressing down on the pedal, your toes should point straight down toward the ground. When the pedal comes up, your leg should bend at an angle no greater than about 35 degrees.