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“Enjoy The Outdoors While Burning Calories.” BEGINNER BIKING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Aerobic exercise, such as riding a bike, increases your heart and breathing rates and burns calories, which will help you to lose weight. Each 3,500 calories you burn means 1 pound of weight loss. Your body uses calories to perform its daily tasks, but if you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. Biking, even for short periods of time, will use calories and increase your weight loss chances. The faster you go, the more calories you will burn. Aim to ride 30 to 60 minutes for five to seven days a week.

Starting to ride a bike with gears over varying terrain can seem like a daunting task. Get to know your gears and shifting often. Unless you live in an area that is extremely flat, you will need to shift up or down frequently during your ride. Downshifting takes you to an easier gear, allowing you to pedal uphill more easily or give your legs a break. Shifting up into a higher gear will give you more power, which you will need to move faster. Focus on your pedaling technique as well; you should push down on the pedal as well as pull up, making your motion fluid and energy-efficient. Your endurance and strength will improve with time.

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