Pedal your way to a slimmer backside and healthier body.
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When it comes to slimming your butt, cycling is an effective exercise. By combining it with a healthy, calorie-appropriate diet, cycling can help you lose inches from your gluteal area and trim your entire body. Whether you ride outdoors, use a stationary bike or take a cycling class, you can enjoy a butt-slimming calorie burn while reaping health benefits such as a stronger heart and a lower risk of cancer, obesity and mental illness.
As a cardiovascular exercise, cycling elevates your heart rate and forces your body to expend more energy and burn more calories. The longer and more intense your cycling workout, the more calories you burn, helping you shed pounds and inches from your body, including your butt. With moderate stationary biking, a 155-pound person can burn 260 calories in 30 minutes. By increasing the intensity to vigorous, that same person can increase the calorie burn to 391 in the same amount of time.
When you cycle, you work your muscles -- especially those in your legs and glutes -- and force them to become stronger. Increasing your lean muscle mass elevates your metabolism and helps you shed pounds faster. Because muscle tissue requires more energy to sustain than fat, your body will naturally burn more calories at rest. Greater calorie burn, when combined with a calorie-appropriate diet, helps you slim your butt and total body.
When slimming your butt through cycling, you can also build your glute muscles to give them shape. As you shed fat, you will reveal toned muscles underneath. To work your butt, increase the resistance of your bike and take on more hills and inclines. Because your glute muscles are used during the downstroke, they get a more challenging workout the harder you work to push the pedal.
When trying to slim your butt through cycling, keep in mind that spot reduction is a myth. While you can train certain muscles, your weight loss cannot be directed to a certain area. As you reduce your overall weight, you will lose inches in your butt and throughout your body. To lose weight at a rate of one pound per week, create a 500-calorie deficit in your body through diet and exercise.