This is a complete bike training plan that is suitable for new cyclists who want to get fit, build muscle, and burn calories. It is based on principles of rest, moderation, consistency – and progressive overload and interval training. Following this bike training plan will enable you to dramatically increase your fitness level, strength, and cardiovascular health.
Mountain bike sales are soaring, and no wonder! Mountain bikes offer an ideal way to get out and enhance your physical and mental health in nature. And also improve the world. And now, mountain bikes are better than ever, and offer choices for a huge variety of people.
If you plan on a long-distance ride, be it for competition or just for fun, you need to prepare carefully. While the health benefits of cycling are undeniable, there are some risks to the activity. Those risks become more pronounced when you push your body to ride for a long time. You’ll need to take certain precautions to reduce those risks and make the bike ride a true health-booster. Here are our top five tips to ensure your long-distance bike rides make you feel healthier – rather than making you feel awful!
While there are many reasons why you might want to start cycling, such as improving your health and boosting your general fitness, don’t overlook the mental health benefits. Research shows that one in three cyclists find that cycling reduces their stress levels.
Protein is a nutrient that’s typically associated with gym rats and those wanted to build muscle, but it’s just as important for cyclists to increase their consumption as well. This post explains why cyclists need protein, and what happens if we don’t get enough!
This is a simple, step-by-step guide to show you how to record a bike ride with a Garmin Vivoactive 3. This process is surprisingly quick and easy, and accurately records your bike ride and your heart rate, while saving the battery on your smart phone. Post includes step-by-step instructions and a video.
Athletic Greens is an interesting all-in-one supplement that aims to cover all of your nutritional and supplemental bases in one drink. I think it is worth a try for those who want a boost for the spring, or just for their next long bike ride!
Cycling gives you ample opportunities for mindfulness, meditation, and generally being in the moment. This post explains how to combine meditation and cycling, for optimal mental health benefits while cycling. It includes excellent tips to guide you on how to practice mindfulness while cycling.
Here are some tips for a comfortable workout. Comfort during your workout is key to being able to work out for sustained periods of time. This infographic offers tips on fabric, fit, and function of your workout gear. Plus tips from three experts – and me! I hope you find this infographic useful, fun, and inspiring. Of course, the big benefit of cycling for fitness is that it is just plain good fun. Making sure you are comfortable while on your bike is going to make sure you can enjoy staying in the saddle and having fun for long periods of time.
7 Tips to Become a Mountain Biker. Mountain biking often involves cycling in extreme environments. Steep hills and sharp rocks make mountain biking a sport for the most daring cyclists. If you are just getting started in mountain biking, this post is for you. We have 7 tips to help you master this advanced type of cycling!
It took me 40 years to move from “I love riding bikes” to “I am a cyclist.” Hard to believe, I know. Looking back, I guess it was because I made so many mistakes along the way. I’m a slow learner – let me tell you about it! I learned to ride a bike the hard way – not so much riding as crashing. I had a lot of setbacks along the way. Finally, I learned the keys to making cycling safe, easy and fun – and somewhere along the way, I became a cyclist!
A Beginner’s Bike Training Plan that is suitable for new cyclists, based on principles of rest, moderation, consistency – and eventually, interval training. Following this beginner’s bike training plan will enable you to dramatically increase your fitness, strength, and cardiovascular health. It can also help you to lose weight. Post includes advice for heavier people starting out on a bike training plan.
If you’re planning to get fit, or want to train to do a charity ride, you should use a decent heart rate monitor, and use it correctly. If you are pursuing peak fitness goals, this post is for you. It will show you how to fine tune your heart rate monitor for optimal fitness gains.
Here are quick links to our Best Posts on How to Lose Weight Cycling. Check them out – you may find something that is just right for you on your journey right now.
If you’re planning to get fit, or maybe even want to train to do a charity bike ride, consider how you are going to monitor the intensity of your workouts. The Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is the easiest way to measure exercise intensity – and it’s free! This post shows you how to use perceived rate of exertion to get fit.
A year ago, I accepted that I will never actually do an epic charity bike ride such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer. But recently, all that has changed, and I have now resolved that I will do next year’s BC Ride to Conquer Cancer. Here’s how I came to be inspired to do this. I hope this post will inspire you too. Also includes links to useful training advice and other inspirational cycling posts.
XALO products are essentially a suite of three products to cover the three key needs: get energized enough to exercise; promote optimal performance of the exercise; and then recover as fast as possible from the exercise (so you can do it again!).
Interview with Jody Malo, a mature man who is about to take on a challenge many of us dream of doing – the RBC Whistler GranFondo! Jody talks about why he is doing the RBC Whistler GranFondo, and how he trains for it.
George A. Custer said it best: “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up.” Georgia Simmerling – two-time Winter Olympian and five-time Ski Cross World Cup medalist – epitomizes this winning spirit and inspires us all to get back up and keep going (and cycling)!
Researchers have proven that very short sprint intervals of intense cycling can yield impressive health and fitness benefits. This means it is possible to get fit in much less time than was previously thought. It is possible to get just as fit in 30 minutes a week as in two and a half hours per week. This breaks down to three 10-minute workouts, as compared to three 50-minute workouts. No, it’s not another crazy get fit fad, and you don’t have to buy anything – it’s simply more proof of the enormous benefits of sprint interval training (i.e. exercise sessions that include very short bursts of very intense effort).