1. Biking is friendly to your joints.
It is a non-impact form of exercise. This means it does not put pressure or pain on your joints, so even the heaviest rider and a person with a knee injury can hop on a bicycle and pedal away. With today’s improved bikes like the Zize Bikes which can support even the heaviest rider, biking has become a great workout option for everyone.
2. Biking strengthens all of your body’s biggest muscles.
When you cycle, you are able to use your biggest muscles: your hip muscles, quads, glutes, and hamstrings. Also, you can build lean muscle tissue in your lower body, particularly in your glutes and legs. These are all important if you want to increase your body’s ability to burn fat.
3. Biking trains your muscles to shed more fat.
Biking, especially long rides, builds thousands of capillaries in your legs. This means your body is able to transport more oxygen-rich blood to all your working muscles. The fat-burning structures in your muscles called the mitochondria also get bigger. The increased flow of oxygen will enable them to produce more energy and burn more fat.
4. Biking increases your daily calorie burn.
Biking can also help you increase how much calories you burn on a daily basis. While you are pedaling, your body is burning hundred of calories in an hour. Even if you are just biking for fun at a speed of 12 to 15 mph, you can shed 500 to 600 calories per hour. In a week, you are able to burn more than a pound, simply by cycling an hour each day. On the other hand, one hour of jogging only burns 350 to 450 calories an hour while walking only burns 150 to 250 calories. That’s a huge difference.
5. Biking continues to burn calories long after you are done.
Biking encourages your body to continue burning more calories at a higher pace after you’ve put your bicycle away. This is because your body continues to repair and replenish your muscles. Biking also increases your BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate which is the number of calories you burn while you are not working out. Researchers say that 30 to 45 minutes of exercise three to four days a week can increase your BMR and maintain the high rate throughout the day.