How to exercise with a bicycle without just cycling
Presented by our fitness expert, Olivia.
There’s no doubt about this, the trendiest mode of transport as of 2018 is the bicycle.
Just take a look around — the bike-sharing culture is growing. Increasingly, Singaporeans are getting into it because of its convenience. It’s ideal for travelling short distances without having to squeeze on public transport.
Plus, it’s also a great way to get our legs moving.
But over here at Mothership, we like to explore the full potential of everything, even with something as humble as the bicycle.
So we got our resident fitness expert, Olivia Lin, to come up with other exercises one could accomplish with a bicycle rather than just, well, cycle.
This is the perfect exercise to trim a few inches off your waist. To start, stand over the bike frame, and hold the handlebar for support.
Make an upper body turn 180 degrees to the left, and do the same to the right. This counts as one rep. Repeat 20 times.
To build your biceps, deadlift the front section of the bicycle. First, put one leg in front of the other, and bend your front leg slightly. Next, balance the bike basket with both your hands.
Slowly lift the front section of the bike upwards, then bring it down gently. Do 10 sets of this. Swop legs, and do another 10 sets.
This is not as easy as it looks. Take your brisk walk up a notch by doing it with a bicycle.
Think of this as Rucking (walking with a weighted backpack), except with a bicycle. The extra weight of the bicycle helps to burn more calories compared to just brisk walking.
Do this for 2km.
3km if you’re feeling ambitious.
For those of you who are worried about having cankles (fat ankles), this exercise is for you. Start with both feet on the ground. Bring your left foot onto the bike pedal, then back down.
This exercise also helps to firm and tone the thigh muscle.
Do 20 reps of this for each foot.
Of course, we have to leave the most obvious exercise for the last.
Cycling itself is actually excellent in working out various parts of the body. Not only does it build up your quads, hamstrings, abs, and glutes, it also a great form of cardio workout.
So if you do cycle, you should maximise its benefits by doing easy-cycling for an hour or two.
But where in Singapore can you cycle that long without having to stop at traffic lights, or having to deal with other vehicles?
At the OCBC Cycle happening from May 5-6, 2018.
There are several categories you could take part in, even shorter ones if you’re thinking of bringing the kids.To top it off, the route comes with picturesque views so you also get to take nice Instagram stories.
If you haven’t already realised, the first four exercises were just for lols. Please do not attempt the first four exercises without supervision. They are just exercises we thought up in five minutes.
Instead, do attempt the the OCBC Cycle. It’s great exercise. It’s fun. It’s perfect for showing people you lead a healthy lifestyle with those Instagram-worthy pictures. #NPNT
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This sponsored post in collaboration with OCBC Cycle makes Mothership.sg’s writers see bicycles in a new light.