When many people think of weight loss they think of fad diets and doing whatever they can to tighten their belt a few notches. A better way to think about weight loss is to aim for increased fitness and overall health.
Cycling can become a way of life that kick starts a whole new dimension of health and wellness. Rather than simply producing a reduction in size, it can produce health benefits that make a huge difference to every day life.
One of my regular radio segments is a chat to Ian Wee of Perth Integrated Health Cycling Group. Yesterday we spoke about cycling and weight loss. You can hear our conversation by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.
We discussed the fact that many people who decide to ride, especially in their 40s and 50s have done so from a sedentary lifestyle and were concerned about fitness and their existing weight. Many were looking for an exercise or sport that is low impact and non jarring for their bodies. When they began their new training regimes those that committed to an 8 week structured program, which involved cycling twice a week as well as riding with their friends or by themselves for an additional one or two times more a week actually lost between ten and eighteen kilograms in that time frame with no additional changes to their lifestyle apart from waking up earlier to ride.
Those taking part also reported that by waking up earlier they felt refreshed and able to achieve more during the day once their bodies got used to the initial change in daily routine.
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