Some Health Tips for Cyclists

Know someone who wants to get on their bike and ride but they are struggling?

 

Skinny Tire Events coorindator, Beth Logan, also works as an independent contractor with Optavia™ Lifelong Transformation. She loves working with folks to help transform their inner and outer selves. When this article came across her inbox, she knew it would be great information for her Skinny Tire friends too. We hope you enjoy some of these strategies for getting and staying fit!


Strategies For Getting And Staying Fit

Provided by Optavia™

It’s easy to start your journey to lifelong transformation, but staying focused, and achieving your goals throughout the year can be a challenge.

Summer is a great time to revisit your strategies for staying fit and reevaluating your plan of attack. Use these tips from Fitness Magazine when you do, to stay lean and trim throughout the year!

  • The power of a positive mood. It all starts with a positive attitude. Get your brain programmed for your lifelong journey to transformation, one healthy habit at a time™. Set your goals carefully, and stick to them, taking one-step at a time. Stay upbeat and don’t be too harsh on yourself throughout your journey.
  • No splurging! If you keep on track by eating healthy each day, you are less likely to splurge for the rest of the week. And, when you work in your Healthy Habits, like 30 minutes of Healthy Motion, the same holds true. Be aware of your food choices throughout the day, and you are more likely to stay on track.
  • Slow down when eating. Enjoy your food at a slow and steady pace. Because the more you stop and pause between bites, the more likely your body is to start breaking down those calories while you eat. Train yourself by putting down your fork in between bites!
  • Get outside. There’s something about getting outside into nature for exercise. Refresh your daily routine and take your workout from the treadmill to an outside nature trail or walk around the neighborhood.

Making these personal investments every day is important in your quest for Optimal Wellbeing!

Cardio VS Strength Training

The truth is that strength training and cardio are equally important.

If you are a Skinny Tire Cyclist already, you know that cardio is a type of exercise designed to increase your heart rate, while strength training is designed to fatigue your muscles. 

When planning your daily 30 minutes of Healthy Motion, consider these factors about cardio and strength training.

Cardio

Cardio requires sustaining a level of activity that keeps your heart beating quickly over a period of time.

Exercises like swimming, yoga, biking, aerobics, Pilates, and walking, are great ways to strengthen the heart.

Cardio exercise improves how efficiently your muscles use oxygen so it’s like strength training, but for the heart!

Strength Training

  • Lifting weights stresses the bones, which helps to increase bone density and decreases your risk of weakened bones and fractures.
  • A pound of muscle takes up much less room than a pound of fat so a fit, toned body will be smaller than an out-of-shape one, even if the two people weigh the same.
  • Muscle also burns more calories, making it easier to control your weight.
  • The next time you’re outside enjoying the nice weather, mix it up! Set a goal to be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day. Include a combination of strength training and cardio.
  • There are many additional options to consider when considering your workout regimen. Ask me about the additional benefits of cardio, strength training and nutrition.

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