To Bike or Not to Cycle … That’s the question!

Is this month’s title your top tip … I hope so. With the new year coming a lot … just what is cycling anyway? Well as you proceed you will find out how it will be

Does this month’s title top your curiosity? I hope so. With the new year comes lots of new questions, what is cycling anyway? Well as you go on, you will find out how it will benefit you and make losing weight and getting into shape a lot easier.

When most people start an exercise program one of the main reasons they will quit is because of a lack of motivation. Looking at this further we often find that most people find their program too heavy and overwhelming. This is perfectly understandable. But is there a solution to this problem? You bet!

As you probably know, when a person hasn’t exercised in a while and is accustomed to a generally sedentary lifestyle the last thing a person has to do is just ‘jump’ into such a program. Only a few options can solve it. These are usually people who have very strong strength or who have exercised in the past. But for those who are not in the above group let me introduce you to cycling.

The best way to start an exercise program is to start at a lower volume.

That way your body has time to adapt and you won’t feel so inclined to give up. Let me show you an example of this in terms of a cardio program. Time can be adjusted according to your needs:

  • Weeks 1 and 2 – 20 minutes 3 times a week
  • Weeks 3 to 6 – 30 minutes 3 times a week
  • Weeks 7 to 10 – 30 minutes 5 times a week
  • Week 11 to 12 – 20 minutes 3 times a week

See how this works? The first few weeks will give your body and mind the time it needs to adjust to this new activity you are providing. Then as you progress, you introduce a greater level of activity. You will then be better equipped to take on this requirement, whatever it is. Then once you reach the peak of your activity then trail off to avoid burnout.

Looking at this distance you can also get a bigger picture.

Because those 12 weeks will help you pretty much that you can sustain for a while doing weeks 11 and 12. Then when you’re ready to do it again just repeat the cycle until you are happy with your results.

The same is true of your eating habits. If you get used to eating candy often enough don’t just cut it up, you’re going crazy! Instead just cut a portion in half for example, then when you’re ready you can move to the next step.

Most experts would agree that people generally set goals that were too far out of reach for themselves. This often causes despair. While opinions vary try to lose a steady two pounds per week and adjust accordingly. Take it all the way!

Jim Barker