About 14 million Americans bike at least twice a week. Many of them make it a habit as part of their morning commute. Others prefer an indoor bike as part of their workout routine. While biking has loads of health benefits, you’re here to learn about one thing: Can you lose belly fat by cycling?
We’ll break it down for you. But we’ll also explain why biking is so much more than that.
Can You Lose Belly Fat by Cycling?
Yes, absolutely. With a few caveats. Despite what many fitness gurus say, you actually can’t target a specific body part to burn fat. What you can do is work on overall weight loss and build particular muscle groups. But that won’t necessarily burn fat from a particular area. It’s a healthy practice that will eventually burn fat from the target area.
And exercise is only half the battle. To get the most out of your workout routine, (with or without cycling) you have to pair exercise with a healthy diet. While there’s a lot of confusing information on diets or even proper nutrition, it’s not hard to eat healthily. Eat fruits and/or veggies with every meal, and avoid processed foods as much as possible. This is a generally accepted quality base for healthy eating.
But we do want to highlight how cycling can help you lose belly fat better than other activities. Cycling is a great cardio workout, which is vital for burning calories. Other cardio workouts, like running, can be hard on your joints. Cycling isn’t.
But cycling is also a resistant exercise – that means it builds muscles, especially in your core and legs. If you’re trying to lose belly fat, you need a healthy diet, cardio exercise, and resistance exercise as well. So cycling checks off on two of the three!
Biking is About More than Losing Weight
Cycling is about so much more than losing weight. Biking also helps fight depression and anxiety, it boosts confidence, and it’s a great way to meet new people.
Many cyclists enlist meditation practices while they’re out cycling. They focus on the way their body feels. They pay attention to the sensation of their muscles working, their heart beating. They focus on the breath in their lungs. They pay attention to the way the wind feels against their skin, the sounds, and movements around them. They pray or worship if they are so inclined.
This isn’t traditional sit-down, breathe, and empty your mind meditation. But it’s still meditation nonetheless. It brings your attention away from the thoughts in your head, and helps you focus on something larger than yourself. It encourages you to observe the world around you – judgment free. Meditating while cycling is a relaxing, rejuvenating, and rewarding exercise.
Others use cycling as a way to meet new friends. Cycling groups and races meet up daily all over the country. Groups get together to go on bike tours or mountain biking adventures. When you meet up with one of these groups, you can connect with people who share a common, healthy interest. A healthy social group can help you feel connected and supported. This, in turn, boosts your own confidence and self-esteem. You feel safer knowing you have a support network you can count on.
Cycling Helps Fight “Soul Grime” Too
When you cook and don’t clean your cabinets for a long time, the knobs develop a greasy, dirty sticky film. When you try to clean it, it seems like you can only push the grime around and smear it. When we’re down, it can feel like this kitchen soul grime is coating the very essence of ourselves. We may try to clean it, but it often feels like whenever we do, we just smear the grime around, and it’s still there.
Many people when they start out on a weight loss journey feel like there’s something wrong with them. They feel like people don’t like them, they feel inadequate and incapable. They may feel worthless. Depression and obesity go hand in hand. They feel like this soul grime is coating them and they can’t get rid of it.
We advocate biking because we know it can help. All the benefits of biking mixed together can help you clean away the soul grime. Biking pairs these benefits better than many other individual activities can.
When you pick up biking, you exercise, which helps you build muscles and lose weight and belly fat. You can build a friend’s group around a common interest, which helps you feel supported. You can meditate as you bike, and studies show meditation has loads of benefits on its own. And biking comes with so many other health benefits, you can feel good about taking care of yourself too.
If Losing Belly Fat Gets You Started, Go For It. But It Gets Way Better.
Yes, cycling will help you lose belly fat when you combine it with a healthy diet.
More importantly, cycling will help you fight off your soul grime. The more you bike, that part of you that is insecure about your tummy fat will fade into the background. The part of you that is irresistibly attractive to others will shine through – with or without belly fat. The part of you that will be at peace with yourself and your life will emerge. Whether you ever find your dream mate, your best self will begin to shine through.
So if shedding the tummy fat is what gets you on your bike, start pedaling and shedding today. But be aware that along with all that excess tummy fat, you’ll also be cleaning away the soul grime too. And God only knows where that will take you. To all our tummy fat friends, HEALTHeBIKER.com exhorts you: get on that bike, and get ready for the ride of your life!
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