- Jan 04, 2019 -
3. You’ll find friends to get fit with.
Research shows that social support—especially having a workout buddy or two—dramatically increases the likelihood that you’ll stick with your routine, and consistency is key to improving your fitness and shedding unwanted weight. Cycling is such a social sport that, like herds of buffalo and flocks of geese, there’s even a special name for a group of us: a peloton. It doesn’t take more than a quick search to find local cycling clubs where you can meet riders of the same fitness and ability levels to pedal with.
4. It’s gentle on the joints.
Cycling is so gentle on your joints it is often recommended as the exercise of choice for people with arthritis and other joint ailments. You need to be sure you have a proper bike fit, of course. But with the right fit and a good warmup, you can push the pace without stressing your hips, knees, or ankles.
5.You can take it indoors.
Most outdoor activities are pretty dreadful when you bring them inside (see: running on a treadmill). But indoor cycling apps like Zwift, Sufferfest, TrainerRoad, as well as studio cycling classes offered virtually like Peloton actually make stationary cycling fun and entertaining. That means you’re less likely to fall out of routine when the weather turns bad.
6. You can do it all day.
What else can you do for 100 miles? Burning fat is never so much fun as when you're spinning along and chitchatting with your ride buddies for a few hours. (Just be smart and limit your snacking to about 200 calories an hour, and you’ll create a calorie deficit in no time.)
7. It fits seamlessly into your life.
The beauty of bikes is that you can get exercise while you’re doing other things rather than having to reserve a chunk of your day to bike as a “workout.” By riding your bike to the store, bike commuting to work, and riding instead of driving for other errands, you can slip in hours of activity every week doing the things you’d normally do anyway—and achieve a healthy weight while you’re at it.