Getting Healthy: The Blogspedition Looks at Biking for Weight Loss
Weight loss may or may not be your personal inspiration for getting on the bike, but plenty of women appreciate the ease of putting a little exercise into each day with bike commuting. Others gut it out on the trainer to attain personal goals in racing. Still others approach it as a chore because they want to lose weight specifically. Any way you slice it, biking burns more calories than sitting on the sofa with a bag o’ chips.
I’m not talking about trying for an unrealistic uber-skinny body, mind you. I’ve already blogged about the notion that a healthy body image isn’t tied to fitting into a specific dress size.
I’m talking about the basic level of activity that’s recommended by the American Heart Association for good health. They specifically mention dividing your moving-around efforts into two or three chunks of 10-15 minutes each, which is almost precisely how my typical bike commuting takes place.
This blogspedition rounds up a few posts and blogs that feature this topic:
- Cycling for Optimal Weight, on Loving the Bike
- Fat Broad on a Bike–Don’t Hide, Ride! on Women’s Cycling Canada
- Weight Loss for Spring Cycling, on Women’s Cycling Canada. My favorite tip: “Eat like your granny did.”
- Bike Riding to Lose Weight Fast, on Women’s Health. My favorite quote: “… lugging a 25-pound kid in a bike trailer was tougher than any machine at the gym.”
- Resolutions in Reverse: 23 Pounds and Counting, on Grit and Glimmer by racer Heidi Swift. My favorite quote: “Dresses may cut a flattering figure but I’ll tell you one thing for sure–the bike never lies.”
For a weight-loss bonus, give blood. Some of you may remember the saying, “A pint’s a pound the world around” as a way of remembering measurements in the kitchen. Turns out it’s true at the blood bank too! Give a pint of blood and lose a pound, then burn some more calories as your body kicks up its production of replacement blood cells–all while you help save a life. What could be healthier than that?
- Is riding a bike part of a weight-control or weight-loss effort for you?
- How’s it going?
- Or does a post on weight loss piss you off because it seems to buy into unrealistic body-image issues for women?