The 4 Best Mountain Biking Motives to Build Up Cardio
Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Then we’ve got just the thing for you- a good old dose of mountain biking.
If you’re looking for an exercise system that can dramatically improve your health and is also enjoyable, mountain biking is your cup of tea.
Consider these reasons, to begin with, this sport today.
Mountain biking is different from conventional flat surface road cycling in the sense that the requirements for stability are different on the muscles, offering a very good resistance workout.
Have you ever noticed the muscular leg development of some extreme mountain biking athletes? Now compare that to a basic road racer. The difference is astounding.
This is due in large part to the recruitment of both Type 1 and 2 muscle fibers, helping develop mass, strength, and stamina at the same time.
Fat burning occurs preferentially when your heart rate enters a certain “zone,” which happens to be at 65-75 percent of your max heart rate. The intensity of mountain biking keeps your heart rate elevated in that zone most of the time, ensuring you’ll get leaner every time you ride.
Know what else is amazing about its fat burning potential? The staggering caloric expenditure. A light 145lb individual burns a decent 500 calories per hour when performed on a moderately difficult terrain. This amount can quickly increase as the difficulty of the terrain is enhanced.
A two-hour ride can easily amount to more than 25% of daily caloric intake.
Build Up Cardio-Pulmonary Efficiency
One of the most important elements of good health and fitness is how efficiently your lungs can supply oxygen to your hard-working heart, which in turn increases the speed at which oxygen is delivered to the muscles and other organs. Better oxygen flow decreases your fatigue rate and improves your performance over time.
There’s nothing that can improve your mood as fast or effectively as something you enjoy. For many, mountain biking is their drug of choice. The feeling of experiencing nature in all its true glory and the endorphin rush associated with exercise will leave you feeling on top of the world.
In addition, who says mountain biking has to be a solitary exercise pastime? Many of the happiest and most resolute mountain bikers ride in a small group of friends, who keep each other accountable and motivated.
Having a safety net is never a bad thing either, in the event something goes wrong.
Mountain biking is an excellent pastime activity, whether you’re looking for a way to shed a few pounds, improve the health of your heart or need an escape from hectic city life.
Whatever your reason, once common sense is employed, safety procedures adhered to and you ride consistently, you will fall in love with it.
A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles. ~ Edward Abbey