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Pedaling is great activity for weight loss

Pedaling is great activity for weight loss

Cycling is a potent aerobic exercise, which leads to an average loss of 700 calories per hour, a larger amount which hit her with walking, swimming and dancing. Therefore, it is a good option of physical activity for those who want to lose weight. Even because, at the same time that eliminates pounds, it tones the muscles of the legs and the abdomen. In addition, it can be practiced in the street or in the gym. The differences between the outdoor and indoor modalities begin with energy consumption, 50% higher in the open air, according to a survey by the State University of Santa Catarina.

In the street, there are more obstacles, such as traffic, pollution, holes, spines , ascents and descents, that can cause falls, excoriations, fractures and dislocations. "But these difficulties motivate a lot of people, and the wind in the face and the contact with nature give a very good feeling of freedom," says personal trainer Eduardo Colmanetti.

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If you are pedaling outdoors, it is best to ride a bike as a group, which is becoming more and more common. "With other people, the activity becomes more safe and enjoyable," says the expert. Making friends and exchanging information about courses, mechanical care and feeding are other advantages. To find a good team, go to your city's cycling association.

Colmanetti points out that when someone decides to ride their own bike on the streets, they should be as self-sufficient as possible. "If you happen to have an accident, you need to know how to solve simple problems like a flat tire," he warned.

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But to ensure that the practice is safe and successful you need to have the right equipment. The ideal for riding in mountainous places or mixed terrain (land and asphalt) is a mountain bike. In fact, depending on the state of the streets of your neighborhood, they remain a good option in the city. For asphalt, the most recommended model is speed. These bikes are light and fast but are not very comfortable and require a lot of body. Therefore, they are more often used by athletes.

Indoor sport is more simple and accessible. With controlled risks, those who are afraid to fall can focus more on body work. As in ergometrics the load is controlled according to the objectives of each one, those who do not have a very good physical preparation also gain because they can take lighter or heavier according to their fatigue. In addition, in the majority of the academies of gymnastics, there is the option of the horizontal bicycle for those who do not feel comfortable in one with saddle. The equipment has a seat with backrest and allows the person to be seated in the same way as in a chair.

Regardless of whether it is indoor or outdoor, riding a bicycle is good for health as well as for fitness. Among the physical and mental benefits are improved bowel movement and function, cholesterol control, reduced risk of diabetes, increased sleep quality, relief from depression, and decreased stress and anxiety. In both cases, Colmanetti points out, it is important to check up before starting the activity and, when you are already practicing, make short stretches before and after, holding each posture for 30 seconds.

And to find out which mode combines with you or the moment you are living, the personal trainer recommends testing each one. "All physical activities are beneficial to our body, what we need to do is try them out to find the one we most like," he advises.


Eight care that the patient with diabetes should have when exercising

Eight care that the patient with diabetes should have when exercising

Insulin application, rigid diet, constant blood glucose assessments: living with diabetes is not the easiest task. But it is precisely these care that make the lives of the 10 million Brazilians who, according to the Ministry of Health, have the disease with much more quality. "With proper care, the person with diabetes can do everything that a healthy person is able to do, including physical exercise," explains endocrinologist Sérgio Vêncio of the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (SBEM).

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Understand the differences between pronounced, neutral and supinated footfall

Understand the differences between pronounced, neutral and supinated footfall

The pronounced footing, popularly known as "step in", with support of the medial border of the foot, is a rotational and postural alteration of the lower limb, which It has a small arch on the sole of the foot, with support in the central region of the foot, in contact with the ground. The supinated foot, popularly known as "step out" with lateral foot support, is a rotational and postural alteration of the lower limb, which presents a well-marked arch of the foot, characterized by the support of the lateral region (the outside) of the foot in contact with the ground.

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