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Workout Tips

This section of our health library is devoted to – you guessed it – workout tips! Learn about all things fitness in these articles that are designed to help you get up and get moving, regardless of your physical ability.

The Best Biking Workout: Pedal Your Way to a Better Body

Biking can essentially be completed anywhere - outside, in a cycling class, or inside your own home with an indoor trainer. The movement targets several large muscle groups, while being an excellent cardiovascular and anaerobic workout. Pedal your way to a better body with this spinning workout!

The Best Biking Workout: Pedal Your Way to a Better Body


Biking can essentially be completed anywhere - outside, in a cycling class, or inside your own home with an indoor trainer. The movement targets several muscle groups, including the abdominal muscles, legs, and glutes, while being an excellent cardiovascular and anaerobic workout. And compared to exercises such as weight lifting and running, cycling is considered to be a low-impact, gentle workout, which is ideal for individuals with arthritis, recovering from an injury, or who are overweight. And speaking of, biking can be a beneficial means to weight loss, as one hour of rigorous cycling can torch an average of 400 calories. Pedal your way to a better body with this spinning workout!

Bicycle Workout Tips

• Sit comfortably by adjusting the bike seat. When pedaling, legs should be bent to an approximate 25-degree angle at the bottom of rotation.
• Stay seated during fast-paced speeds or add intensity by lifting off the seat for a few seconds.
• During hill climbs and slower paces with heavy resistance, stand up and hold onto the handlebars.
• Speed up and add resistance as comfortable, especially if new to spinning and cycling.
• Pedal to music - it can keep you pedaling quickly and effortlessly to the rhythm!

Written By Christy Zagarella, MS, RDN. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on October 25, 2017.

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