Is riding a Bike really good excercise?

netshoundAugust 1, 2006

I know that riding a bike is good for your legs but does it help any other areas? I ride my bike around the neighborhood about 3-4 times a week for about 2-3 miles. I don't feel it anywhere else other than the legs. And believe me, I need help in alot more area's than that!! Is it helping me anywhere else and I'm just not noticing yet?

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julie_m

Good girl, it does your whole self good, your heart, blood pressure and it helps knee & hip joints and uses up calories. I just worry about crazy drivers, around here I'd be the fittest one in hospital!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2006 at 12:03AM
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organic_donna

It burns calories, which will help you to lose weight in other areas of your body. Try riding uphill for even more of a challenge.
Donna

    Bookmark   August 4, 2006 at 7:18PM
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awm03

Biking will work everything but your abdominals. When you start doing longer, harder rides with varied terrain, the other parts of your body will be used in support of your legs.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2006 at 8:09AM
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clg7067

I used to ride my bike to work every day. The round trip was 10 miles. I never lost a pound, but boy did I lose inches! Lot's of inches!

My coworker was amazed that I never lost weight by the way I looked. I do know my arms got good isometric toning during the hard uphills.

I did this for a couple of year until I got a new job and had to stop.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2006 at 3:09PM
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ell_in_or

Biking burns tons of calories, but doesn't stress your knees. I love cycling. Plus, unlike running, I don't pour sweat when I ride. The airflow dries it up. :-) My saturday ride burned a little over 1,200 calories, so, yeah, it's good exercise.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2006 at 1:51AM
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coolmama

It is very good for you.my husband used to do nothing but ride a bike,and his butt was firm and toned....his legs were very muscular too.You dont realize but it does work other areas,even arms.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2007 at 1:28AM
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getta072003_yahoo_com

I was wanting to lose about 50 pounds. Will riding a bicycle up and down hills help or running. Do anybody know which one is the fastest way to lose weight. ALos I don't want to lose my butt. I need to lose thighs, arms, stomach. Do anybody have any suggestions. I really need the help. This will be my first time ever working to lose weight. I really need to lose about 100 pounds.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 12:03PM
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deb18

Biking would be wonderful for you. If you are 100 pounds overweight, running would be very stressful for your knees and other joints. Biking is good for your whole body, but you might want to add some light hand weight exercises and some ab exercises to tone your upper body and tummy. There are a lot of short workouts on youtube.com that you can watch for free that focus on those areas. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn whatever you're doing, so adding weight training will help you lose weight faster.

Do what you can on the bike now, but gradually increase the length of your rides and incorporate more hills as you're able. Your thighs will soon be as hard as rock. Good luck and have fun! I love to bike because it makes me feel like a kid again. You might want to see if there are any biking trails in your area. It's nice to be able to ride without fear of cars.

Here's a link to one of my favorite upper body workouts.

Here is a link that might be useful: 10 minute pilates

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 4:31PM
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g_noelperez_hotmail_com

Bicycle riding is a good exercise especially if you are over 40 years old. It will give you good stamina and good legs reflexes, just make sure you won't overdo it. And don't forget to wear bike helmet, hand gloves and safety glasses for your extra protection.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 8:43AM
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snowman404_live_com

yea its a really good exercise cause me personaly ride almost everyda about ten miles so yea my legs have defitnely got stonger and my arms cause i ride bmx

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 5:27PM
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JayEmVee

You know, I lost 100 lbs four years ago and it was because of my bicycle.
True, I also joined Weight Watchers, but if I didn't ride, my weight loss slowed to a crawl. At first it was just a couple of miles but last summer I rode 100 miles without much difficulty.
Biking burns calories like crazy, tones everything south of your waistline, but really, the best thing is that it is FUN!
When I first got on my bike, I was 64 years old, 5'3", 250 lbs, angry and depressed. During that ride I laughed out loud! Now I'm almost a different person. So do it... just ride.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 9:15PM
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magnell11

Yes it is! More of your muscle is use while you are biking. Biking a full-body workout. You can do this every morning or in the afternoon. Biking is fun to do with some friends and family. You can lose weight easily when you are biking but don't forget to have a healthy diet.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 2:55PM
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Andy2302

I inherited a really nice city hybrid 24 speed 3 years ago, one year after open heart surgery. I'm a new man. It has perked me up, improved all medical numbers like BP & cholesterol, dropped 10% of body weight, increased confidence and attitude.
A good ride has lasting effects beyond calorie counts & sweat. It speeds up your metabolism as your body recuperates from the workout which can take a day or more. I eat more & weigh less now. Plus I feel terrific. Average 12 miles per ride & 1k miles per season.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 10:08PM
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micasasucasa

Any exercise is good exercise. Biking does provide an over all health benefit. Try biking some hills, or pedal really fast then slow down and then pedal really fast again. Switching up your routine can help and may see better results. If you are looking to add some toning to your exercising. After a good bike ride, hop off and try 25 squats, 10 push-up (on your knees is fine) 30 jumping jacks. Exercising can get be fun, try new things.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 8:51AM
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elleau

It more on a cardio exercise. You need to have exercise variations if you want to achieve optimal health.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 9:22PM
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nana_1213

I HAVE A BAD BACK BUT REALLY NEED TO LOSE A LOT OF WEIGHT. WOULD BIKING BE BETTER THAN WALKING?

    Bookmark   February 4, 2015 at 3:11AM
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findleyw

contrary to awm 03 comment, cycling does use abdominals quite extensively although it does depend on what type of cycling you are doing, I am currently a A graded racer with a elite racing licence, in the upper echelons of the domestic cycling scene, my coach prescribes intensive exercises focused on my abdominal muscles this can help in climbing, sprinting and also TT as having strong abdominal muscles is crucial to maintain a comfortable yet aerodynamic position for extended periods of time.

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