Get fit while having fun! Discover the benefits of cycling for weight loss

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Joanna Kriehn
Joanna Kriehn, MS, RDN, CDCES - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

Whether riding alone, with friends, or with family, you'll find the benefits of cycling for weight loss some of the most rewarding. Riding a bike is a fun way to do something active and burn calories. No need for a gym membership, and you can adapt it to your schedule. Check out what it takes (not much) to start incorporating cycling into your fitness routine.

Benefits of cycling for weight loss

Reaping the benefits of cycling for weight loss starts with the right bike

A marvel of technology featuring a style for every person and purpose, the modern bicycle offers choices galore: sleek racing bikes, comfy cruisers with handy baskets, sturdy mountain bikes, commuter bikes, tandem bikes, and reclining foot-pedal or hand-pedal bikes. They all have one key thing in common: they’re powered by calories. Riding a bike burns a ton of calories. Whether biking for pleasure or transportation, you will find it great aerobic exercise and an affordable way to get in shape.

Find a bike that meets your needs

Search online or pop into a bike shop to begin your hunt for the perfect bike. Investigate the options and then decide how much you want to spend on your new set of wheels. Next, hone in on what features are important to you: comfort, off-road capabilities, cargo capacity, or year-round use. It also helps to talk to cycling specialists because they will help assess your needs, lifestyle, and budget.

Not ready to invest but still want to try a new workout? Try borrowing or renting a bike to explore the most important features.

Health benefits of cycling

Cycling is known for cardio. Here are some other benefits you can expect beyond a workout for your heart and lungs:

While cycling may be easier on your body than CrossFit or jogging, it is still important to check with your doctor before starting a cycling program.

The benefits of cycling for weight loss can come from a stationary bike

If you don’t feel comfortable navigating traffic or planning around the weather forecast, a stationary bike may be the solution for you. An excellent workout, stationary cycling also builds strength and burns calories. You don’t need to worry about daylight or daycare with indoor cycling. You can get a good workout with built-in convenience year-round.

Some of our favorite indoor cycling videos

20-minute cycling workout for beginners
Personal trainer Kaleigh Cohen’s energy and tips help optimize your form. Plus, her upbeat music keeps it fun.

20-minute indoor cycling workout for beginners
Dietitian and spin instructor Kristen Allen offers guidance on resistance and RPMs along with upbeat music.

30-minute indoor cycling workout in the Alps
Lose yourself in this smooth and scenic cycling video to help those training miles go by faster!

Set yourself up for success by avoiding these pitfalls on your cycling-for-weight-loss journey

Cycling is an awesome workout that is easy on your joints, builds muscle, and helps burn calories to help with weight loss. Make some time for YOU and add cycling to your weekly workout routine. Your body and mind will thank you!

Adapted from original content by Donna P Feldman MS RDN

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Apr 10, 2023
Disclaimer: The information provided here does not constitute medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, please visit your healthcare provider or medical professional.

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