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    I have stayed at this weight for a while, so I guess that I'm eating a good amount for me, but I've just started riding my bike to work. This is because of a lack of cash (so don't start recommending me doing weights or going to the gym because I really cannot afford it!).

    Anyway it's a 30 minute ride, a few ups and downs and a bit of a rough terrainy bit. I'm seriously unfit so I decided to leave my bike and nab a lift, get bus in tomorrow and 30 minutes home. After I get a bit fitter I will try and do the whole hour.

    Anyway I work (on my feet, quite tiring!) anywhere between 3 and 5 days a week. Is this enough, or should I try and ride my bike on my days off too? How long for? Would you suggest 1 hour, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 30 minutes alternating days? Should I try and scav enough money to go swimming as well?
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    Swimming is decent but I believe that long distance cycling tends to burn fat/increase muscle power a lot more effectively.

    Cycling 1 hour+ regularly should get you fairly fit.
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    (Original post by Skadoosh)
    Swimming is decent but I believe that long distance cycling tends to burn fat/increase muscle power a lot more effectively.

    Cycling 1 hour+ regularly should get you fairly fit.
    Is 4-5 miles long distance? Does it have to be 1 hour in one go or is 30 minutes twice a day (with what I feel is constant exercise in between...) good enough?

    Is 3-5 times a week regularly?
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    (Original post by A Stranger in Moscow)
    Is 4-5 miles long distance? Does it have to be 1 hour in one go or is 30 minutes twice a day (with what I feel is constant exercise in between...) good enough?

    Is 3-5 times a week regularly?
    4-5 miles isn't bad, but it depends on the terrain and whether you're going uphill/downhill or flat out.

    If you want to build up your stamina I would either gradually increase the distance you cycle over a period of time or start cycling more frequently for the same distance.

    3-5 times a week is enough for 4-5 miles, but you may feel after a while that doing that amount is no longer physically challenging. It all depends on your goals really and how fit you want to be.
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    (Original post by Skadoosh)
    Swimming is decent but I believe that long distance cycling tends to burn fat/increase muscle power a lot more effectively.

    Cycling 1 hour+ regularly should get you fairly fit.
    Long distance cycling won't build muscle effectively at all - no endurance sports do. Power is developed through resistance training and exercise done in short, intense bursts (eg. 10x200m sprints, not a 5k run).
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    (Original post by Chumbaniya)
    Long distance cycling won't build muscle effectively at all - no endurance sports do. Power is developed through resistance training and exercise done in short, intense bursts (eg. 10x200m sprints, not a 5k run).
    I kinda meant in comparison to swimming, but I get your point.
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    (Original post by Skadoosh)
    4-5 miles isn't bad, but it depends on the terrain and whether you're going uphill/downhill or flat out.

    If you want to build up your stamina I would either gradually increase the distance you cycle over a period of time or start cycling more frequently for the same distance.

    3-5 times a week is enough for 4-5 miles, but you may feel after a while that doing that amount is no longer physically challenging. It all depends on your goals really and how fit you want to be.
    I don't really want/need to become incredibly fit, but I will obviously have to see how I feel in a few weeks and try and adjust my route if I feel I can be doing more?
    (Original post by Chumbaniya)
    Long distance cycling won't build muscle effectively at all - no endurance sports do. Power is developed through resistance training and exercise done in short, intense bursts (eg. 10x200m sprints, not a 5k run).
    I'm not really up for building muscle though, I just want to burn a bit of fat and perhaps be able to eat a bit more.
 
 
 
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