How to Burn More Calories While Biking

Summer is around the corner and suddenly, binge watching Friends on Netflix and scarfing down family-sized bags of Doritos in a single serving doesn’t seem as good of an idea as it did in the cold months of Winter. Well, have no fear because we have the perfect solution to help cut out some of those extra calories without the dread of actually going to the gym. Although we do love our Doritos (and let’s be real, Nacho Cheese is the best flavor), taking care of our health goes beyond physical appearance. Exercising regularly strengthens the cardiovascular system, speeds up metabolism, and greatly reduces the risk of developing certain types of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

So, you’re probably thinking, what is this “magic” solution you guys are trying to propose here? It definitely isn’t magic, but bike riding is fun, affordable, and accessible to all ages!

That’s right! What if I told you that burning hundreds of calories could be fun and exciting? And could be done practically anywhere! Central Park? It’s gorgeous in the summertime. Brooklyn Bridge? Absolutely. That creepy, abandoned playground in your neighborhood? Sure, why not!

The key to burning the most calories while bike riding is to switch up the intensity throughout your workout. High-intensity interval training has been proven to maximize your calorie burn in a shorter amount of time. So, try alternating between your comfortable riding speed to a faster, more challenging speed in order to get your heart rate up and down. For example, say your average riding speed is about 12 mph. In a high-intensity interval bike ride, you would ride at 12 mph for one minute and then raise the intensity to 15 mph for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, drop your speed back to 12 mph for another minute and repeat for 5-10 minutes. You can track your speed using a portable speedometer or download one of the many apps available on your phone! As you build your endurance, gradually increase the intensity of your training, as well.

Another way to burn more calories when outdoor biking is by incorporating inclines in your ride. Rather than only riding on a flat terrain, challenge yourself with some steep, uphill inclines in order to raise that heart rate and burn more calories. Riding uphill can be a bit of a challenge for some, so we recommend starting off by conditioning yourself with smaller hills and working your way up to the mountains! You would be surprised how quickly your body can adapt to the training!

Outdoor cycling is a great workout, overall, to burn calories, lose weight, and even build muscle in your lower body. The best part of outdoor cycling is being able to sightsee the world around you as you ride along. The adventure in the ride almost makes you forget that you’re actually exercising!

Not sure if biking is right for you? Here at Unlimited Biking, we have countless locations where you can rent Cannondale bikes, one of the best names in the bike industry, for a short ride to see if outdoor biking is a right fit.

So don’t hesitate! Visit our website and try it out today. You never know, you might just be the next Lance Armstrong

Our locations:

56 W 56th Street New York, NY 10019

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Make NYC your Personal GYM

You’re not interested in a gym membership, but you want to workout anyway? Not in a small building with 100.000 other sweaty people, but outside in the fresh air? So we have the best solution for you. You don’t have to join a gym to be physically active. Instead, make NYC your gym by taking advantage of everyday opportunities to increase physical activity. For example, walk or bike to work or school or to run errands. Take public transportation and get off a stop or two before your destination and walk the rest of the way. Climb the stairs instead of using the elevator or escalator.  Or – even better – take advantage of our Unlimited Biking services.

You can rent a bike for a couple of hours or also for the whole day. With the bike you can explore the city and its beautiful sights. You will be so much faster with the bike and that’s why you can explore so much more!

But you can also do a Unlimited Biking guided bike tour with our fully-licensed tour guides. We offer the guided tour in different languages: English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin for a more comprehensive touring experience.

One of our most popular tours is the DELIGHTS OF BROOKLYN BIKE TOUR that highlights such iconic historical landmarks as the Lower East Side Tenement Building now a thriving area of downtown, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a historical monument of New York City’s ship building history and the ever-changing Williamsburg area. Ending with an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline. Come and explore lower Manhattan on two wheels. The DELIGHTS OF BROOKLYN BIKE TOUR takes 2 hours and shows you all the highlights you definitely need to see. So remember to bring your camera! There will be spectacular views in all directions from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. On this tour you will also see the entire New York Harbour including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Staten Island, the port of Brooklyn and several miles of the New Jersey coastline.

Don’t miss this beautiful view! Book your guided tour here:  https://www.unlimitedbiking.com/new-york/tours/

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56 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 749-4444

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FUN FACTS ABOUT BIKES

Today we present you interesting facts about bikes – all you definitely need to know, so read on!

ABOUT THE HISTORY

First off all the term “bicycle” first entered into popular usage in France in the 1860s. But who is the bike founder? Although Leonardo da Vinci drew some rough sketches of a contraption that looked like a bicycle, the Frenchman De Sivrac built the first bicycle-type vehicle in 1690. It was referred to as a hobbyhorse. However, it did not have pedals. Those were added in 1840 by a Scottish blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, who is credited with inventing the real bicycle. So far so good, but there is more you need to know about the bike, bicycle or velocipedes. What is a velocipedes? Before the word “bicycle” become popular bikes were typically called “velocipedes”. Maybe you have heard of the Penny-farthing before, an early type of bicycle that featured a front wheel significantly larger than the rear. The name comes from the old British Penny and Farthing coins which represent the large and small wheels. It’s enough history for a day.

ABOUT THE NUMBERS

Did you know that about 100 million bicycles are manufactured worldwide each year. There are roughly one billion bicycles in the world, about twice as many as motor vehicles and roughly half a billion of them are in China. Oh WOW! And another fact is that maintaining a bike annually costs twenty times less than maintaining and driving a car. So let’s take a bike more often! Also because the bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever devised: a human on a bicycle is more efficient in calories expended per kilo and per kilometer than a train, truck, airplane, boat, car, or motorcycle. It is 3 times as efficient as walking. And it’s also a perfect way to save the environment. If Americans double their bike use to 2% of all urban trips, they would save 3.5 billion litres of gasoline annually. On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037 kilometres on the energy equivalent of a single litre of gas.

ABOUT THE HEALTH

Cycling three hours or 30 kilometres per week halves your risk of heart disease and strokes. So if you ride a bike every day it’s only about 4,3 kilometers per day – easy! And for all the woman’s outside: Women who walk or bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. And in general a study of nearly 2,400 adults found out, that those who biked to work were fitter, leaner, less likely to be obese and had better triglyceride levels, blood pressure and insulin levels than those who didn’t active commute to work. Also an adult cyclist typically has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy two years above the average.

And last but least for all the helmet haters and hair fetishist outside: Helmets have been found to be 85% effective in preventing head injury. So always use a helmet!

So let’s be serious, what are you waiting for?

Book your bike here:  https://www.unlimitedbiking.com/new-york/rentals/

Unlimited Biking

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(212) 749-4444

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