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Indoor cycling class is one way to burn calories for weight loss.
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Basic exercises aren't always enough to help lose the weight or trim off the body fat, especially around the hips, bottom and thighs. To effectively reduce the excesses, you'll need to do targeted workouts for the lower body. Targeted workouts can also involve a good cardio routine that will help burn the calories and give the heart a solid workout.
Intensify to Burn More Fat
How much fat you burn around your thighs while cycling will depend on the intensity of the routine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers bike riding on a leveled ground as moderately intense, while bike riding with faster speed or uphill is vigorously intense. The CDC also recommends spacing out at least 150 minutes of cardio workouts per week (2 hours and 30 minutes) to lose the fat.
If you consume more calories than you burn, then you still won't be able to lose fat in your inner thighs effectively. You'll need to practice discipline and consistency in your exercises to notice good results.
Indoor Cycling vs. Outdoor Cycling
Decide whether to do indoor cycling or outdoor cycling. According to the American Council on Exercise, you can burn 350 to 600 calories if you participate in a 45-minute indoor cycling class.
Being on a stationary bike might seem boring and unchallenging when there's no diversity in your routines. You repeatedly work the same muscles in your lower body since you don't cycle uphill or downhill on a stationary bike, so you might not see solid results on your thighs.
Outdoor cycling is a bit different and can burn at least 650 calories an hour at the speed of 12 to 14 mph. However, this might work only for serious cyclists who can pedal fast, manage the speed and not get distracted on the road.
It might be harder to effectively burn calories if you're a recreational cyclist because you can end up cruising on your bike and holding back on your speed. Additionally, you may not be motivated to work harder on burning calories because you'll focus on other things on the road.
Alternate With Other Exercises
Celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson cautions that too much cycling can bulk up the thighs rather than slim them down. This is because you're gaining more muscles as you lose the fat. Anderson recommends cross-training exercises for variety. Additionally, it might be good to work with a personal trainer who will assess your form and guide your overall fitness routines.