I hate exercise. Haate it. I think that before you read any further, it’s important that you understand this. If you’re like me, feel right at home my friend. If you happen to be one of the few who like to punish push yourself, more power to you! This post is for the whole lot of us because we’re talking about cycling and why it’s the lazy man’s best cardio-friend.
Lazy may sound harsh but I’ve learnt to embrace it – at least where working out is concerned. When the year began, I was convinced I’d be dragging my butt to the nearest gym and … pumping some steel ..?? Is that what gym people say? A different specie to me they truly are. I’m more the girl that tries it once and never shows up again. Sigh. I love the high you get after a good workout, but honestly who has the energy for them? The pushups/sit ups/oh-God-running, I. Just. Can’t.
I prefer efficiency – give me swimming any day. You work everything out at once – no thinking, no switching positions and wondering why the hell got you out of bed. That’s an easy workout for me, and Lord knows it needs to be. That’s why I’ve fallen haaaard for my new obsession – indoor cycling! *Queue the cheers*
I’ve always loved cycling but it’s never been a part of my lifestyle, so I sort of just let that go. Then a few months ago I came across Soul Cycle and the other guys that offer super intense workouts on a bike and I was re-hooked. Obsessing. Looking for an indoor bike to cram into my tiny house so I can tone these legs I love to show off so much 😂;) And I FINALLY found one! So I’ve been in a mad rush to learn all I can about how to work out efficiently on a bike because let’s face it, I need to get abs out of this. Yes, YOU CAN GET ABS FROM CYCLING. If you do it really right – at least that’s what I’m hoping to confirm in the next few months. It gets delivered on Monday, and I will keep you posted on my routine/progress/toned-ness ☺
Some quick tips I plan to use immediately (for those of you already into biking, wondering how the hell it can tone your upper body too):
- Contract your abdominal muscles. From what I’ve read, you’re supposed to do this the entire ride as it helps firm them up. Don’t just suck in your stomach though, they said to imagine that you are sucking your belly button into your spine … whatever the hell that means. A simpler explanation is that you should cough, and feel the muscles that tighten when you do. Those are ones you want to put tension in, so just sucking in your tummy flat out won’t help. Tighten your core, people.
- Stand up. That’s right, as much as this is for us lazy people, you don’t get to do all the work seated down (or any, if you want abs). Increase the tension on the bike to simulate hill climbing and ride it standing. Do it right, back straight and all and you might even be able to replace squats with this 😉
- Keep the weight off your arms. Draping yourself over the handlebars
tempting as it may bewill get you nowhere. Keep your core tight and balance from there – just like you do when walking.
- Push ups. No, don’t panic. We’re still on the bike here. Check out the video below to see how push ups can be incorporated into indoor cycling to make it a proper all round workout, and even how they use 1 pound weights to totally tone their arms. Then come back and thank me ☺ (Skip to 1.15 to gett right to the point)
Cycling should appeal to those like me because you get to do it on your own terms, at your own pace while still getting a killer workout (look up High Intensity workouts to see what I mean) Thanks for dropping by! 💋