Have a hankering for the outdoors? Why not enjoy the natural beauty around you and get into shape at the same time! Here are some great tips for dusting off your bike and getting fit the fun way!
Break out those bikes
You know two-wheeling it is a great way to shape up (and torch 500-plus calories per hour), but did you know that you can always get more out of your ride? Take these cues from Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong (nope, no relation to Lance).
Get in tune
If your bike’s been on hiatus for more than six months, take it for a tune-up (basic ones cost about $50). Pros will check everything from the wheels to the steering system, and they’ll clean it up for a smooth ride.
Tweak your technique
Rev up your speed and power by perfecting your pedaling. If you’re biking with cages or clipless pedals—which max out energy transfer—try pushing and pulling in a smooth circular motion, Armstrong says. This engages more muscles, giving you leaner legs.
Supercharge your spin
To amp up your ride even more, try this leg-strengthening routine: Warm up for 15 minutes, then move into a tough gear for 7 to 10 minutes; switch to a medium gear for 5 to 7 minutes, then repeat the sequence.
Spin your way slim
Cycling for just two to three hours a week helps stave off weight gain, a Harvard study suggests.
Get more information at Health.com!