Questions tagged [exercise]

Fairly open-ended tag about excercising. If you're asking about an exercycle, then use the [stationary-bike] tag instead.

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Does going faster always result in more calories burnt

Say the same 5mile ride going at 5 miles per hour versus 10, 15 20 etc. Even though the faster speed means shorter ride does it also always result in more calories burned? I have the same commute ...
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How much time and what type of nutrition will make my leg muscles like professional cyclist? [closed]

Iam 20 years old, male. Cycling every day only for 20 minutes on MTB bike on little bit hilly terain.I have no specific diet and calories intake plan yet.
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How can I prepare for cycling 60 km, before getting the bike?

Help me win free ice-cream! I happen to be someone who's yet to start cycling "properly" (the highest I've ridden yet is about 15 kilometres in a session, on a bike that most people here ...
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Can cycling improve my stamina in soccer? [closed]

I cycle about 2 km uphill every day, and it takes me about 16 minutes on my MTB. I hope this will also improve my stamina in soccer as I am unable to sprint/run fast. Please suggest me some good diet. ...
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Pushing it to my max on a 7% 2kft climb. I'm cardio limited, but legs never hurt. How do I push it harder?

I have a climb by my house that is about 2,000 ft over 5mi (610 metres in 8 km or 7.6% grade). I ride it a least once a week and I've got a ton faster (at 35min right now). Recently my legs stopped ...
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New to cycling, questions about over doing it

I just got my bike last week, it's a single speed. I bought it to go ride the forest preserve trails near me for exercise and I don't know how far I should be riding before I'm pushing myself too far ...
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Is my daily bike route enough exercise for a 60 year old?

Thank you for letting me join your group. I have a beach cruiser and I am currently riding 2,5 mies a day at a rate of about 13 mph constant with no stops. I am 60 years old and have been doing this ...
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Recommended exercises for preparing to bicycle commute

I'm female, in my early 40's, and out of shape, but I have the most perfect bike route to work and I want off the bus. I dislocated my right shoulder about four years ago and it's never been the same. ...
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Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

I have the tendency to push myself too much, resulting in exhaustion and 4+ days of required rest and more than a week before I can train normally again. Two weeks ago, I went on a 35 mile ride which ...
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Spinning vs city bike riding to keep tone [closed]

When it comes to winter time, it is always a tough time for cyclists. In order to keep a decent tone and shape, what is better? a spinning class, 3 x 1 hour / week (that's what my local gym offers, ...
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What road bike would suit my criteria? [closed]

I own two bikes, both are vintage. Steel frames with 700C wheels, friction downtube shifting, drop bars, toe clips. One is more speedy with less comfort (fixed gear conversion), the other leans more ...
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Which exercises a cyclist should do before/after any ride?

Any exercise that can help the muscles to have more optimism while riding, or relief sore on muscle. I also accept any special massage.
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Maximise exercise benefits

After 10 months my commute has gotten to the stage where it's quite easy and I'm looking for ways to maximise it as a workout and hopefully benefit more muscle groups. Currently it just seems to work ...
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How beneficial is it to swap bikes?

Today I finally got a couple of Urban Cruisers I ordered a while ago. For the last 7 months I have been commuting on a very heavy cheap 29er mountain bike. These new ones feel incredibly light by ...
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I need help on Buying a Bicycle [closed]

I want to buy a bicycle for losing weight. I need a single speed one, though my budget is Narrow (like too narrow). Please help me what type of bike should I buy.
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Are there classes for learning how to cycle for exercise?

Is there such a thing as a class that teaches people how to optimally ride a bicycle for exercise? This class would assume that a person "knows how to ride a bike" but that's about it (i.e. they can ...
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How to play video games while cycling on trainer?

I'm interested in playing video games while riding the bike trainer this winter. Using a controller with a regular setup would likely require me to sit up on the saddle, possibly setting myself up for ...
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Do calorie estimates for rides include Basal Metabloic Rate?

It looks like I burn 100 Calories per hour on average. Do activity trackers report the extra burn due to the activity, or the total including the base. To put it in other terms, if it says 800 kcal ...
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What is an "unreasonably short leave-pass"?

I'm reading "unwritten rules for calling a ride" and #4 mentions something about "unreasonably short leave-passes". What does that mean?
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

I'm starting to keep track of how far I ride on paper and while it's nice to have the data, I'd like to know how different rides stack up. I have one path I like to take which is really flat and goes ...
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What to look for in a bicycle meant for the exercise?

I do not need the bicycle for daily commuting or mountain climbing. I need the bicycle for morning and evening exercise and just for roaming around in order to get some fresh air. I also want a ...
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How can I reduce back pain on a shared bike with poor shock absorbers

I ride a bicycle to work every day for several months now. I use a bicycle sharing system that my city offers, and it's very convenient: I don't have to worry about locking the bike or maintenance, I ...
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Good beginner workouts on stationary bike

After many years of programming, I have found that I can no longer avoid the fact that I spend most of my day sitting, which is absolutely horrible for my health. I started swimming a few months ago ...
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What Supporting Muscle Groups Should Be Strengthened?

Various sites recommend a variety of exercises to strengthen a cyclist's core (back and upper body). bicycling.com recommends aerobic type exercises with an exercise ball. t-nation.com recommends ...
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Why did I feel like crap after racing against a car?

I raced against a car yesterday for fun, in doing this, I rode at about 25-29 mph (40-47kmh) for about 3 minutes. The temperature outside was in the mid to low 40s (5-8 Celsius). Afterwards I felt: ...
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Minor hamstring pull, can I keep going at easy pace?

I'm 53 and for the past year have been pushing it slightly. Have always been careful to not push it too hard, but yesterday I got a mild pull in my right hamstring. Just a slight soreness right ...
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QUIET Exercise Bike Under $300? [closed]

I'm hoping you can help me! I moved to a place with little soundproofing and neighbors below and next to me who complain about noise at night. Due to my schedule I can only exercise nights indoors and ...
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Is it better to breathe through your nose or mouth when cycling?

I just watched the 'Road to Glory' documentary about Team Sky. I noticed when they were warming up on their Turbos, some of them had cotton wool up their noses. Is this because it's better to ...
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What initial improvements can I make to a Schwinn Sidewinder?

I bought a Schwinn Sidewinder from Walmart last night in a desperate attempt to get some exercise. I took it home and rode intensely for an hour, it was fantastic! I may be wrong, but I see bicycles ...
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How many miles of riding require the same effort as one mile of running?

A co-worker and myself are having a friendly bike / run contest. What is a good ratio for miles ridden vs. miles run? I know it depends on pace. But I'm curious what a generally accepted range of ...
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Exercises to do while cycling?

Sometimes when I am cycling I will try to do some stretching to alleviate some backpain. Usually I arch my back, or push into the pedal and straighten my leg and stretch. Does anyone do something ...
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Looking to buy a bicycle for exercising and recreational activities, that will fit in a car

Exactly like the title says :) Well, I know how to ride bicycles, and I know they have 2 wheels, pedals and some gears, but almost nothing more than that :) Now, I want to buy a bicycle and was lost ...
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Is my interval training routine effective for mountain bike training?

During these winter months I am currently attending the gym 3 times a week. On each of the days I start my training on an exercise bike with the following: 5 minute warm up 30 minutes, 1 minute hard, ...
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I feel long rides exclusively in my quads, should my calf muscles be doing more work?

I notice a lot of cyclists with massive sculpted calf muscles, especially the kind that clearly ride as a life-style without worrying about minimizing body weight. I've switched cities, and gone from ...
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List of accessories and training for commuting [closed]

It's been about 10 years since I last rode on a bike. My wife and I have decided that we need to get ourselves into shape, and one method we've decided on, encouraged by our daughter, is to bike back ...
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How much of a difference in workout intensity does riding a pedal-forward bike make?

My wife has a pedal-forward frame that looks really comfortable to ride. I have a older road/mountain hybrid that's a little hard on me and would like to start riding again to get a little exercise (...
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How to make the most out of daily commute?

I have heard that bicycling is a great form of cardio exercise. I bike to and from work everyday and the whole way everything is flat. I am not sure what the best way is to make the most out of the ...
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practical pro and contra for Nuvinci CVT especially for hilly terrain

I'm thinking of buying new bike next year, most probably combo for exercise & commuting in summer. Since terrain is relatively hilly here and both fixed city-bike and casual combo with 3x7 gears ...
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What cause and cure for tense or cramped stomach muscles?

I recently restarted cycling to work. I did four round trips. After riding back from the fourth trip, my stomach muscles started to tense and cramp. I heard that stretching before and after a ride, ...
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Age-specific information for cyclists

I was reading a discussion (Cycling: mashing versus spinning) in which someone commented ... In the big picture, winning against other age-groupers is pretty unremarkable. ... which implies ...
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Sport Hybrids For Commuting and Exercise?

Main Question: What should one look for on a sport hybrid if the primary use will be commuting and riding around 10 - 20 miles a day for exercise? Motivation: I was a resident of Chicago (which was ...
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What are good bicycle workouts for a runner?

I am a runner. I run half and full marathons along the year. All of the runners know that they should cross train and the best cross training is cycling. After achieving my long term marathon goal I ...