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Riding Motorcycles and Weight Loss

Yesterday, I rode motorcycles with some friends. I've been riding for years now,

One thing I might add is that riding motorcycles does indeed help you lose weight. I haven't totally understood this, but I've learned it after years of riding. Other riders I've talked to agreed, that yes they've either lost some weight, or they balance out after eating a lot of food.

When you go riding with friends, what happens is that you make a lot of stops at places like restaurants, bars, gas stations, etc. And in these places, the riders tend to find a place to rest, to stretch their legs, and soothe their aching butts. They either sit down in an eatery, or stand in a shady spot of a gas station. And then, they consume stuff while they chat away. They'll do this 2-3 times through the day. So all through the day, their bodies are metabolizing food.

But they never really eat too much at any given stop, mostly because riding with a stuffed belly is not a great idea. First, it's not a comfortable feeling, but mostly because a full belly will make you feel drowsy. Not a good thing on a motorcycle. Much of the stuff we eat on rides are either convenience foods, or the basic American fare, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and of course, beer.

And then there's the dry air. When you're moving on a motorcycle, you're totally exposed to the outside, particularly if you have a tendency to wear very little safety gear (like me). The heat, and the dry air, will suck the moisture out of your body. Where I live, the air is dry, and it gets pretty hot. You could lose a couple of pounds just from evaporation.

And then of course, after a day of riding, I arrive home feeling tired. I don't think it's a physical exhaustion, but perhaps a mental one. Riding motorcycles requires a lot of thinking, antiticpating, measuring. You have to be on your toes at all times, because you don't have the safety of steel surrounding you like car drivers do. I'm wondering if using your brain burns up calories. That might explain why so many people don't use theirs.

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March 9, 2009 at 6:04 AM Anonymous said...

RIDING A MOTORCYCLE USED TONS OF MUSCLES! I READ YOU BURN ABOUT 220-300 DEPENDING ON THE TYPRE OF RIDING YOU DO... I EXCERCISE BY JUMPING ON MY Z6-6R! :D

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