Is bike riding good exercise?

Bike riding can be good exercise, and biking outdoors is a great way to connect with nature, burn calories and work your lower body. Here are some tips to help you to stay safe and maximize your workout:
  • Make sure your seat is adjusted to the best height for lower back comfort, and to make sure you can pedal efficiently. Remember to keep arms slightly bent to help absorb the shock of bumps as you ride. 
  • Shift often and early to keep your ride smooth and steady. 
  • When steering, don’t just move the handlebars – shift your weight into the turn as well. 
  • Control the brake and attempt to gradually stop, so you avoid injuries.
  • Always look where you want to go, so you observe the terrain ahead of time and easily adjust gears and speed to accommodate changes in the road.
  • Be aware of using your core muscles to help maintain balance and get the added benefit of a toned abdomen.

Absolutely bike riding is a good form of exercise. You can ride a bicycle just about any time of the year in many locations and it is a relatively inexpensive activity. Cycling increases muscle strength and tone of the legs, cardiorespiratory function and burns calories. Cycling is generally considered an aerobic activity; however, incorporating intervals of high sprints or hill climbing can spike the heart rate and require other energy systems to work.

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