In this article, we are going to focus on something that is often overlooked when losing weight via riding a bike.
What this article is talking about is Maximum Heart Rate. Hence, before grab your bicycle and head out for a bike ride, check this article first so you can increase the efficiency of your weight loss efforts.
Maximum Heart Rate
Maximum heart rate is essential to weight loss efforts. The maximum heart rate can be determined by using the given formula:
220 -Age x 0.65.
If for example, a person is 51, the target maximum heart rate would be calculated as:
220-51 x 0.65 = 110 beats per minute.
This would be the optimum heart rate to get to for burning off those extra pounds.
Setting your goal
When your heart rate is at around 65% of the maximum rate the body will be coaxed into burning fat reserves for energy. Just a small amount of effort is required in order to get the process moving. Simply exercising between 30 minutes and 45 minutes a day will work wonders.
Tips To Consider
A bicycle alone is enough. It does not need to be special. Just something with two wheels that you can pedal. If the bicycle is old just take it for a tune-up to make it road worthy for about anywhere between $30 and $100.
Purchase a good pair of cycling shorts with padded seats if you do not already have one. They come in a skin tight sleek variety or with conventional designed shorts (with an inner skin tight short sewn). The cost of which is well worth it, being in between $40 and $100, because you will be riding a lot.
A helmet is a must. The price of the helmet is not that important. The only difference between a $40 helmet and the most expensive $200 helmet is how much they weigh and how much air vents they have. All helmets have the same level of protection and therefore a higher price is not indicative of more safety
With a helmet, shorts and bicycle you are ready to cycle away any excess weight.