Wednesday, August 4

Fit in my 40s: cycling will cheer you up this confinement, but will it get you in shape? | Life and Style

IIf you have any kind of commute to work right now, chances are you’ve thought about commuting by bike. And probably, if you have, you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a bit longer than you would prefer (otherwise you would have been doing it the entire time) and that you need to hang some reward in front of you, like, ” It will get me really fit. ” (In the meantime, if you’re working from home for the lockdown, you may be looking at your bike as a means of escaping reality and getting fit at the same time.)

The truth is, biking to work belongs to a different league than the clubs. It can cheer you up, count as moderate exercise, and be better than nothing, but it won’t greatly increase your fitness levels for the following three reasons: You go slow so you don’t sweat and ruin your work clothes; you stop and start incessantly, due to the traffic lights; you only use your leg muscles, rather than your core muscles or arms (and you only use half your leg muscles for that).

So to take them in no particular order: Under no circumstances use a fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate, for the sake of morale or defiance. I tried that and ended up shooting a bunch of traffic lights, because I wanted to stay in my zone. Then a police officer stopped me and said, “Do you know what you just did?” And I said, “Yes,” and she said, “So why did you do it?” And I was about to say, “Because I was trying to stay on cardio instead of going down to burn fat,” but I realized that she might give me two tickets, one for shooting the light and the other for being an idiot, like that. I said “sorry” and lost 50 pounds (but not actual pounds) lighter.

Instead, plan your route so there are fewer crossings. Johnny McEvoy, a former professional road cyclist, suggests: “Pick a safe section and go as fast as you can – a phone app. [like Strava] it will take your time and then challenge your colleagues to improve their time. “I have no idea how this would play out in the workplace, or what kind of WhatsApp subgroups it would generate. So I’ll leave it to you if you do this.

Kerry MacPhee, professional mountain biker (both she and McEvoy are ambassadors for, he’s uncompromising on the point of work clothes: you’re not going to speed in tweed (or whatever people wear in the office): “The solution for lazy cyclists is to use bike gear to pack your clothes off. job . “Try saddlebags or a neat backpack.

Finally, create a separate workout for your core and arms, then switch your pedals and get cleats; it’s a lot less stressful than you think and you’ll get it done faster. The push phase of your pedaling (ie, pushing down with your leg) overwhelmingly works your glutes and two of the thigh muscles; introduce a phase of pulling power (pulling up) and you work them harder, in addition to bringing more of your previous ones, which will give you the equivalent in the leg of a six-pack (a kind of three-pack), yes That’s what you like.

What I learned

Varying the route is not good for fitness, because then you cannot try to buy your own time. But it could be good for the soul.

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