How does a footbike help shape the figure?
Summer is starting, but that doesn't mean it's not time to do something about your figure. No one wants to sweat in the nice weather at the gym. There are, of course, a number of outdoor sports that will help to a nice figure. But footbiking is a sport in which you can not only burn enough calories, but above all shape several parts at once. In contrast to footbiking or running, when you ride a footbike, your arms, abdomen, back and buttocks get a workout in addition to your legs.
For some it may sound exaggerated, but a footbike is a little fitness on wheels. Of course, this is true with the right riding technique, the basis of which is regular leg changes.
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The basis is, of course, regular exercise. This applies to all sports. Even with footbiking, it is important to persevere, because fat starts to burn after 20 minutes of riding and only then do you start to shape your figure.
For example, riding a footbike for an hour at 18 kilometres per hour will burn approximately about 820 calories (3830 kJ), which is more than if you cycle at a similar speed or run at 9 kilometres per hour. Of course, compared to the gym, you're getting extra exercise in the fresh air.
Comprehensive movement for the lower body
Women in particular appreciate that footbiking shapes the buttocks. The gluteal muscles are constantly on the move when riding a footbike, and regular exercise will stretch and sculpt even those parts of the hips that resist regular exercise. If you ride a footbike for just one kilometre you will do a squat-like movement about 200 times! Of the lower parts, the calf and thigh muscles are not left behind; logically, the foot muscles are also strengthened. Moving on a footbike very effectively improves the function of the lumbar spine and strengthens the pelvic floor like no other movement.
The abdomen, arms and back will also benefit
It's probably no surprise that footbiking shapes the legs and buttocks. Unlike other sports, however, it is a truly complex movement that also shapes other parts.
The natural movement on footbike strengthens and tones the entire abdomen, especially the rectus abdominis and the external oblique abdominis.
When you ride the footbike, you lean on your arms, but you do not hold your shoulders in a stiff position as when riding a bicycle. On the contrary, when you bounce and then straighten up, your arms are working. The arms are strengthened by the weight of the body, which is the ideal load.
On a footbike, the back muscles also work intensively because you change position frequently: you bounce alternately with your legs, pulling and pushing yourself over the handlebars with your outstretched arms, as well as shifting the centre of gravity of the bouncing leg from the rear position forward. Strengthening the muscles requires working them, not a one-sided immobile load. In particular, in back practice you strengthen the entire muscle corset along the spine, the broad back muscles and the deltoid muscle in the back. Overall, regular riding will strengthen and flatten the spine.