Biking as an Exercise

@flapiz (4151)
Australia
March 24, 2012 8:05am CST
A week ago, my dad bought two mountain bikes with matching helmet for me and my sister. So this morning we woke up early and we loaded the bike in the back of our car and my dad searched for a scenic and safe location. We ended up biking in a seaside. The place was very pretty it has a bridge and then you can see the clear waters below. There were only a few vehicles as it is early morning. It was then that I realized that biking is actually a good form of exercise because you enjoy yourself so much that you forget that you are doing work. I really burned a lot of fats this morning. My sweat would account for that. But I am a bit concerned though, would it make my legs bigger? I don't want bigger legs. I want to be slim. So guys do you know how I could avoid bigger and harder legs? Do you have some biking experiences? I'd appreciate if you would share your views.
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14 responses
24 Mar 12
biking is actually a good form of cardio exercise. you can actually burn calories without having the gruesome effort of trying. as for your concern about getting your legs bigger, it actually wont. biking tones your thigh muscles making them stronger and firmer. it's a good way to cut down ugly cellulite on your legs. it promotes good circulation in your body too!
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
Thank you for this response. I feel very happy reading this. Yes I noticed that I don't exert so much effort in biking yet I sweat A LOT. Now I am looking forward to a well toned thigh and less cellulite.
@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
24 Mar 12
I also love biking, but I think it develops your muscle on your legs more which I do not want to happen. I want to concentrate first on my tummy which is actually getting bigger. What I do is I jog sometimes and then I do sit ups.
24 Mar 12
doing crunches helps you flatten your tummy. it also makes your abdominal muscles stronger. push-ups can help you out too.
@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
24 Mar 12
I do crunches in a minimal way as well because I do not want to have abs. I jst want to have a flat tummy, not with obvious muscles on it, just like guys have.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
I do jogging and sit ups to. Plus the biking. I'm quite obsessed with exercise.
@agent807 (719)
• United States
24 Mar 12
I never really thought of bike riding as an exercise. It was just something that I like doing. Also, for a while, it was my main form of transportation, so I was always carrying things on my back, and on it. I guess from all of the riding really fast, and with heavy stuff on me all the time, my legs grew a bit from it. Mind you, I already have big, strong legs, but now, they are a lot bigger, harder, stronger, and have more shape. That combined with weightlifting help me grow big massive legs. I was embarrassed to wear shorts for a while because my legs were so big people thought I was a bodybuilder. But now I appreciate them because they help me ride a bike extremely fast, along with having enough cardio to keep with riding a bike at that speed. Especially since for a while, I couldn't even walk because I was in a cast for six months and I had a pencil leg. Not everyone will grow big musclebound legs, I just happen to lift weights also, which is the reason my legs are so big. It is almost, certain however, that you will gain more muscle in your legs. Make them more toned. Also, if I don't feel like riding the bike,or if I have a lot of bags with me, I just carry it on my shoulder. Makes it easier (yeah, my shoulders are big)
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
I guess biking is a good means of transportation if the weather is on your side because it saves fuel. Plus it is healthy. Well I think toning my legs is a good idea. I don't want them to be too big though as I want to achieve that skinny look and of course I like wearing shorts.
@agent807 (719)
• United States
25 Mar 12
I don't like the rain because the clothes get wet, and it weighs you down. Snow doesn't bother me. I've actually rode my bike in cold weather, and realize that the cold or snow does not bother me. I must have polar bear blood or something. I think that as long as you are not trying to ride the bike with too much weight on you, there won't big a big chance of growing big legs.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
27 Mar 12
Well I can't stand the heat. I don't want to get dark skin. So I guess my worst enemy when biking is the heat. :) Well I don't actually carry around too much weight so I guess I'm not in trouble.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
28 Mar 12
I think biking will make your legs muscled but I am not sure if it will be getting bigger. Anyway, enjoy it, cause biking is a very relaxing and healthy. should think of this as a form of loosing some kilos, as I remember I was keen on biking years ago...
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
28 Mar 12
Yes indeed. This is my new way to trim down. I really need to look slimmer before April starts. Wish me luck. Hehehe.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
30 Mar 12
You even have a deadline...
• India
24 Mar 12
Who person say bike is as an exercise but i can not accept it because due to bike ,petrol waste increase and now days petrol is limited available on earth.so we can not use use bike for an exercise.I believes cycling is the best exercise because no pollution due to its.
24 Mar 12
mountain bikes do not need fuel. we're talking about non-motor bikes here. :)
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
Hi Jinesh! Tayoyon is right. I mean mountain bikes. It's like the normal bicycle but it is higher. It doesn't use fuel it is considered as cycling too. I'm very sorry for the misunderstanding. It can be confused as a motorbike so I guess I have a fault here. I hope it's corrected now. Hehehe. Btw, glad to know that you care so much about the petrol rates.
• United States
2 May 12
I used to go quite often when I was a tween - teen years as there was a trail nearby. There is another trail near here however I have not been on it. As I don't know that we could ride over to it safely as a group w/ my small kids and I have no way to drive all the bikes for everyone there. So I'll just have to wait til they are older and all ride.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
5 Jun 12
Well it's good that you have trails in your place. It is much safer. Here in my hometown we bike on the road with the cars and motorcycles. Sometimes it's kinda scary. Well when your kids grow bigger I think biking with them is a very good way to bond. :)
@GemmaR (8526)
14 Apr 12
I started cycling around a year ago, as I had decided that I had to do something about my weight. I soon realised that it was one of the most exciting things that I had ever done because of the fact that it allows you to see parts of your own countryside that you have never been able to see before in your life. I would like to start cycling regularly, once per week if possible, but I don't have the time for that at the moment which really is a shame as it is something that I enjoy greatly when I get the chance to get my bike out.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
5 Jun 12
I like the part that when we bike we forget that we are working to slim down. We just begin to think we are out on a tour or something. Well I hope you get more time so that you can ride your bike more often. Good luck.
• Philippines
30 Mar 12
I don't think biking can make legs bigger, I think it will actually make our legs slimmer! And yes, lessens the cellulite too! I've been biking all my life since I was a kid. When I was a kid, I was so addicted to biking. I biked everywhere and everytime. Everytime I go home from school and eveytime there's a free time, I will just bike. I developed muscles on legs and my legs are actually slim and a little skinny. Biking was one of my favorite pastimes.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
5 Jun 12
Well I think you are right. I have been biking for quite a long time now since I've posted this and I can indeed see the results. :)
@derek_a (10902)
25 Mar 12
Yes, biking is a great way of getting exercise. I have a mountain bike myself. Have had one now for around 15 years.. I don't use it too much these days, as it is very hilly around here and a bit to vigourous because of my health issues. I used other forms of exercise now. More gentle like gardening and we have a Nintendo Wii. I have ridden bikes all my life though since the age of around 10 years old and once belonged to a racing club.. _Derek
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
Yes indeed biking is vigorous. I can say that I practically never sweated more in my entire life. A racing club? That sounds cool. We have a few here in our locality but I'm not sure if I'm up for that level yet.
@shibham (17025)
• India
25 Mar 12
Hi... I am not aware about such type of bike exercise but i ride bike and it is included to my daily routine and for me it is not an exercise as it is the cause of my back pain. I had to suffer from dust and all the pollution. So rather i wish to stay inside the home and do some exercise on my garden. Have a nice time.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
Well I guess we vary in environments and I think time also plays an important role. I mean we do it in early morning so the dust is still not flying around. The back pains bother me though. I hope I don't get them too. Maybe you need to adjust the height of the bike to match your body structure?
• India
25 Mar 12
during school era i used to go to school on bike which made me fit all the day no long n bigger legs still. but now college over n biking over.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
Well what happened to your college bike? I guess if it's still in your garage you could still use it once in a while. Just to stay fit and reminisce the good old days.
@Micmac (8096)
24 Mar 12
I've started biking and walking more often and I like the exercise. I have thin legs and my friend told me that now since biking, walking that my legs shaped up nicely around the calf and my friend said that I look like I have dancer legs. Well, I am happy about the improvement. I think biking will add some muscles to your legs, not fat, so you will still look slim.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
Well thanks for this reassurance. I guess if muscles will make me look slim I would continue my new found mode of exercise.
@lakantar (1575)
• Greece
24 Mar 12
Well I use my bike most of the times for going around the town. It's the best way for me to move around a city (if the city is "bike-friendly" :P hopefully my hometown Larissa is :)). But for a workout isn't that much cause most of it you are working your legs. Especially new bikes are extremely light so it takes less effort to move around.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
Well biking kinda works for me. I never sweated so much. It works better if you are biking on a steep surface not the flat ones. But you've got a point though, it only works my legs. So I guess I need to find an exercise for my upper body as well to keep my body structure balanced.
• Philippines
24 Mar 12
i agree biking is an effective way to exercise. you burn more calories and it is an excellent way to keep your whole body especially your heart healthy! try biking up a slope it burns calories and develops muscle more.
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
25 Mar 12
I do bike on slopes. It's kinda exhausting though that sometimes I end up getting off my bike and just walking uphill. Sometimes. Hihi.