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Why Cycling Tones the Whole Body


Cycling Tones
Cycling Tones

Riding a bicycle is known to provide a wide array of health benefits, including improving cardiovascular function and lowering stress levels. One of the most powerful benefits of cycling on the body, though, is that it tones so many muscles at once.

Cycling tones:

The Core Muscles

When a person maintains proper posture while cycling, they must work their back and abdominal muscles. Holding healthy posture while the limbs are moving requires extra work, forcing the fine muscles in this part of the body to get stronger and tighter. As a result, one of the benefits of cycling can be a great compliment to exercises like crunches when it comes to trimming the waistline.

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Why This 30-Minute Cycling Interval Workout Works


woman in spin class
woman in spin class

Are you looking forward to cruising on your bicycle this summer through a silky warm breeze? Imagine having even more strength and energy this year and cruising up those hills.

It’s no secret that interval training is a smart way to increase your fitness. And if you’re a cyclist, it prepares you for a great outdoor cycling season. A good half hour of sweating indoors on rainy days pays off when the weather improves and you set out on the open road.

So what is the next step? I recommend making a plan [can hyperlink your cycling plan here]. Look at one month at a time. Each week slightly increases the length and difficulty of the workouts. I recommend 1-2 days of interval workouts (structured high-intensity) per week.

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Why You Need to Keep Your Workout Short and Sweet


Workout Short and Sweet
Workout Short and Sweet

No one wants to spend their entire day in the gym to get results. Unless you make your living in the gym or on the field of play, it’s not practical or necessary. A current trend is developing that involves short workouts, and science is catching up to these time-crunched training sessions, proving that less can be more.

Short workouts, like HIIT or Tabata, can give the same amount of physiological benefit as workouts twice or three times as long. A 2006 study by Martin Gibala, a physiologist at McMaster University in Ontario, showed that a 3-minute sequence on a stationary bicycle — 30 seconds of maximal effort pedaling, followed by a brief rest, repeated five or six times — led to the same health benefits as 90 to 120 minutes of steady-state cycling.

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