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Bike riding can help strengthen your obliques.
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Riding an exercise bike can provide an efficient cardio workout, but if you use sufficient resistance it can also help tone your muscles. The fact that cycling can strengthen your leg muscles is obvious. But even though riding an exercise bike is a low-impact activity, it can also help firm up your core, including the oblique muscles.
A Call to the Obliques
The internal and external oblique muscles lie on the sides of your abdomen, running from about the middle of your rib cage down to the hip area. The obliques are involved in several different spinal movements, most notably when the spine bends forward and when your torso rotates from side to side. For example, the obliques play key roles as you rotate your hips through a golf, tennis or baseball swing.
Speed it Up
The speed at which you pedal and the amount of resistance you select help to determine how hard you work your muscles, including the obliques. A leisurely pace against little resistance won't do your obliques much good. Increase the intensity, however, and your abdominal muscles will contract, to help stabilize your spine and protect your internal organs. As a result, you can certainly tone your obliques via regular, challenging exercise bike riding, using an upright bike. To gain the maximum strength benefits from riding a stationary bike, perform short, high-intensity workouts.
Lower Bod Biking
At the top of your pedaling stroke, as you extend your knee, you work the quadriceps muscles in front of your thigh. As you push down and move into the bottom portion of the stroke, your knee flexes and your hamstrings become the primary movers. The gluteus maximus in your butt comes into play as you press down on the pedal, while the calf muscles are particularly important as you flex your ankles.
Take Cycling to Heart
Your heart is the most important muscle that you'll strengthen by riding an exercise bike. Aerobic exercise in general helps reduce your risk of diseases such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, decreases the level of harmful cholesterol in your blood and helps you trim excess fat. Pedaling a stationary bike for 30 minutes at a moderate pace burns about 260 calories in 30 minutes if you weigh 155 pounds. Increase the intensity and work vigorously for 30 minutes to burn about 391 calories.