Running Is Great
But Cycling May Be Better
If you’re thinking about getting fit, well done, but there are a couple of questions you need to ask before you start.
What is the evidence I am getting fit?
It’s a matter of intel. You need to know how to measure progress.
How will I reach my fitness goal?
That is, what exercise will you choose? What will produce the best results?
Any exercise is good, but they aren’t all equal.
The Best Marker For Success
To answer the first question, the primary issue is heart rate or, to put it another way, how much your heart works during exercise. The American Heart Association (AHA) says heart rate is an important indicator to getting fit.
If you’re not sure what your heart rate should be, the AHA also provides a handy formula to calculate it here.
But that only answers the first question, “What is the evidence I’m getting fit?” Monitoring your heart rate is the answer, but you still need to decide which exercise you’ll use to get your heart rate up.
The Best Method To Succeed
Some people like swimming. Some like running. Some prefer rowing, but which is best?
Of all the possible activities to choose, cycling and running are probably the two most popular, but the numbers indicate that cycling may be winning the race for prominence.
- The USA now has 292 protected bike lane projects in 94 different cities.
- Commuter cyclists in New York City increased by 35% in 2007 and by another 26% between 2008 and 2009.
- One of the fastest growing groups of cyclists are those over 50.
- In January 2014, MoneyWeb referred to cycling as the new golf.
There’s a reason for the increase in numbers and it may be more than just a matter of preference. [Read more…]