Morbidly Obese woman relies on cycling for conditioning and weight loss.
Why Choose Cycling for Weight Loss?
Weight-bearing activities such as walking, running, and hiking can cause joint stress, inflammation, and setbacks in training. Cross-training with a variety of non-weight bearing exercise is essential for continued fitness and weight loss progress. As well, it is key to exercise adherence. Sometimes weight-bearing or impact exercise is simply not an option. That’s when cycling becomes the most effective conditioning approach. First, being properly attired before the indoor or outdoor cycling session is preliminary.
At my fitness residence, clients stay for one to four months at a time. During this time they undergo a full schedule of daily activities in pursuit of fitness and weight loss goals. Cycling for weight loss is at the top of the agenda. Single-speed cruisers, mountain bikes, even industrial tricycles are daily tools. We use them for a variety of conditioning progressions in a number of outdoor locations. Classified as a non-weight bearing activity, cycling can be done even when you think you are too tired or too sore to do anything else. Continuity is the key to optimal results and cycling lays the cornerstone for our workout schedule.
Who Really Needs Padded Bike Shorts?
If you have ever gotten “saddle sore” then you can appreciate the need for proper cycling attire. Once those delicate areas become raw and tender they are further irritated by your every move. Overweight people seeking a good weight loss activity will do well to be properly attired prior to cycling. Compression fabric for anti-friction and padding to ease pressure in the saddle area. Bike shorts are essential for big men and women. Padded compression shorts are the recommendation. Without bike shorts cycling would be intolerable for bigger people.
Wear Padded Bike Shorts.
When you don’t wear padded bike shorts, all it takes is one incident of negligence. An unprotected bike ride can render rawness that makes mere walking a painful endeavor. Rule of thumb: never let it happen in the first place! Smart cyclists wear padded bike shorts. Wearing padded bike shorts makes it more likely that you will ride longer. You’ll get more exercise, gain fitness, and lose more weight.
Why Wear Bike Shorts?
Think about it. We have a two-fold concern. One is that of friction and the other is that of pressure. Bodyweight pressure onto the small area of the bike seat takes time to build enough tissue density to withstand long bouts of pressure. Especially in the beginning, it will be vital to avoid too much too soon. Allow enough time for your body to accustom to this pressure and wear padded bike shorts at all times. For most of us, this makes perfect sense while some may still consider padded bike shorts optional. For an obese person wearing protective padding is essential to the quality of bicycling enjoyment.