How to Burn the Most Calories Riding a Bike?

Active young bikers with safety gears cycling on urban roadIf you’re looking to shed some of that Halloween candy weight or wanting to lose a few pounds before Thanksgiving, there aren’t many better options than bicycling for a cardio workout. Riding a bike will always burn some calories, but for those of you wondering how to burn the most calories riding a bike, here are some tips.

  • Ride uphill. This may be the most obvious tip, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure a harder workout, which means a harder burn. The standing hill drill (switch between standing and sitting when pedaling uphill so that the ratio is 50/50) is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can do on a bike.
  • Start Commuting. Start riding your bike everywhere. Ride to work. Ride to school. Ride to the grocery store. Ride to pick up a date on a tandem bicycle. Every moment that you are riding your bike is another moment that you will be burning fat.
  • Go Off-Road. Riding on paved surfaces is good, but riding on rough terrain, such as gravel or dirt, is better. Serious mountain biking can burn more than 600 calories in an hour and strengthens every part of your body; legs, arms, chest, back, core.
  • Make a Killer Mix– Or a playlist, whichever. Jamming to some upbeat music can cause you to subliminally amp up your game. Scientists call it “rhythm response,” and it’s the best way to work harder without feeling like you’re working harder.
  • Never Coast. Unless you absolutely have to take a break, try to remain pedaling for the entire ride, even downhill with a back-wind coming out of a turn. Pedal backwards, pedal forwards, pedal onwards, pedal upwards.

For maximum burn, just push yourself that extra little bit. It will likely be hard at first, but you’re going to start shredding calories, getting stronger, and feeling better.

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