Start Cycling: Biking For Beginners

Looking for a fun, low-impact way to get fit? From buying the right bicycle to completing a four-week cycling program, follow this step-by-step plan for beginners (10 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:38AM

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Start Cycling: Biking For Beginners

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Why Get (Back) in the Saddle?

As a kid you rode a bike because it was fun. And it still is! Riding a bike is a great way to improve your health, lose weight and get in shape -- without breaking the bank. It’s also a great, joint-friendly cardio alternative -- and comparable calorie burner -- to running. “The average 150-pound person will burn at least 200 calories riding in 30 minutes,” says Lee Uehara, owner and League Certified Instructor at City Bike Coach in New York City. “Cycling is good for anyone. It's low impact and works the muscles of your core, hips, glutes and even your upper body.” 


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