Post # 1
Fiance & and I are always looking for more ways to work out together. We figure it will be easier to excercise if we do it together and find something we enjoy (FI doesn’t really need to lose any weight, I think he’s just with me to be supportive and tone up a little).
We’ve been walking/jogging over the past few months and I’m getting pretty burnt out. My cardio is just not at the level it needs to be to do long distance running. And, to be frank, I hate it. It hurts my knees and just isn’t fun. So we dug out some of my familys old mountain bikes in my parents garage and have started riding for about 30 minutes every day for the last few days.
Is biking an effective form of excercise for weight loss/cardio training? I have a lot of weight left to lose, but getting in shape is also important to me so we can do more. What’s a good amount of time/distance to bike if we were to do it 3-4 times a week?
Post # 3
With biking, a lot depends on how far and how fast you are going and what kind of bike you are riding.
I bought a bike mount that corresponds to my heart rate monitor. It keeps track of my distance, speed, and calories burned.
A lot will depend on if you are doing a lot of uphill riding, riding with the wind, etc.
I like the heart rate monitor to make sure I’m staying in my cardio heart rate zone and to see how far I rode more than anything else.
I ride a hybrid (kind of a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. . .it has thinner tires than a mountain bike so it goes a little faster on pavement). I average 10-13 miles per hour on that bike, but if I take my sister’s mountain bike, I will be going much slower if I’m riding on pavement. If I were to jump on a road bike, I’d probably go much faster.
Here is the cycling computer I have.