Lose weight: Ride your bike to work
Cycling as a sport is fast growing but did you know that simply by cycling instead of driving to work you could lose on average almost a stone in weight? A study by the International Bicycle Fund found that commuters who swap the car for their bicycle to travel to and from the office lose an average of 13lbs during the first year. You don’t need to do anything else (unless you want to) and nor do you need to change your diet. It’s simply that cycling will burn more calories and so you will shed the weight. Of course, there will be those who lose far more than 13lbs in the first year and those that do not lose quite as much but whatever happens it is unlikely you will put on weight.
- Healthstatus.com states that a 10st man cycling 12 to 14mph for one hour burns 554 calories.
- Using the same details www.bicycling.com records a calorie burn of 508.
Looking for New Year motivation?According to the figures above if you do nothing more than get on your bike to cycle to and from work a few times each week the average person to lose more than a stone in weight. If you weigh more or cycle harder the weight loss will be larger. Add a few other bike rides or exercise sessions each week and you could end up two stones lighter by the end of 2016 (or a stone lighter by the time you head off for a walking or cycling holiday in the summer!).
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