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What will be the impact of cycling 20 km a day in a city on my lungs?

Short answer, there is a health risk from increased intake of polluted air, but the health benefits outweigh the risk. Funnily enough, you are exposed to a higher concentration of pollutants driving, ...
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How much more cardio for fat loss?

Fat loss will come from eating less calories you consume, and the easiest way to create a deficit is through your diet. The biking is a great supplementary activity, but it will be extremely difficult ...
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Are cardio exercises that involve sitting prone to any of the same risks of prolonged stationary sitting?

Sitting becomes a problem when it translates into a pattern of (sedentary) behavior that often results in a lack of regular exercise. More to the point, most of the studies define sitting as a ...
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What does it mean to bonk or hit the wall?

What does it mean to bonk or hit the wall during a run or a bike ride? In endurance sports such as cycling and running, "hitting the wall" or the "bonk" is a condition of sudden ...
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How to reduce belly and face fat

In short, you can't target fatloss. You can however make some healthy changes to your life, most of which you've already done by the looks of it. Most people have a hard time losing fat on their ...
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My Max HR declines the more I exercise

There's a lot of quality peer reviewed data out there showing links between aerobic exercise and your heart, but a good summary (with cited studies) is this article from Johns Hopkins: [Exercise] ...
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Cycling vs Gym(Exercise) for weight loss

A few misconceptions here. You will never ever get that "gym body", so don't worry about it It sounds harsh, but it's true for a few different reasons. It's hard to achieve in the first place. You ...
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Is cycling significantly better for knees compared to running?

TLDR: Yes, cycling is better for your knees (and more than that) Cycling is significantly better for not only your knees but also your ankles and your entire spine. The fact that you push a pedal won'...
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Why is my swimming fitness so much worse than my cycling and running fitness?

Swimming fitness is a little different because your arms are the predominant power source and your breathing is controlled instead of natural. If you are having trouble with a length, however, the ...
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How do I know if I'm fit for triathlon?

As it stands, you may be fit enough, but you are not trained enough, unless you plan on walking pretty much the entire run portion of the event. Most marathon plans (Which is a distance shorter than ...
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Can I train to improve my Lactate Threshold?

First of all we have to look at what you need in terms of real conditional capacities. Lactate thresholds have been used to asses one's endurance capacities related to many sports such as cycling, ...
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How does the timing of the cool-off phase affect the recovery?

The timing of the cool-down phase of exercise does not affect recovery, because there is no benefit to performing a cool-down after exercise. Based on Do We Need a Cool-Down After Exercise? A ...
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Why is the aerobic system not used anymore upon a certain treshold?

This is another area of metabolism where we don't fully understand everything, and what we do understand can have some misconceptions. Just like the "fat burning zones" (When in actuality we ...
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Training not having any apparent effect

To some extent it depends what you mean by "fitness". To ride your circuit faster for example, you could try some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). You can make up HIIT session for ...
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I'm unable to run because of flat feet. Is there anyway for me to run?

Always check with your doctor before attempting a new exercise program, especially if as in your case you have a problem. Although you have "flat feet" you may also have other problems that cause ...
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Benefits of increasing treadmill elevation while running?

I think you should dissociate the muscular and the cardio-vascular endurance. Analyzing your perfomance First of all, I will assume that you are somewhat new to running (since 2 miles is a ...
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How does riding a unicycle compare to riding a bicycle for weight loss?

This link goes to a calories-burned-calculator. Unicycle Input Values Weight: 220 lbs (99.8kg) Height: 67 in (170.2cm) Age: 30 Gender: Male Result 348 Calories per hour The same ...
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How does riding a unicycle compare to riding a bicycle for weight loss?

I would not trust calorie calculators for activities like unicycling at all. First, it depends on how skilled the rider is. The learning curve for the unicycle is quite steep so it takes time to be ...
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Will this help become more fit?

The gym that I train at has several rather cheesy quotes sprayed on the walls, one of the ones that seems particularly apt here is "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be ...
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What time shall I eat Protein? (a regular cyclist who wanna gain shoulders)

The most important thing is that you eat enough throughout the day. The only time window that is of any significance is the 1 or 1 and a half hours after working out. Consuming quality foods at this ...
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Why do people seem to find biking tiring even for short trips when exercise is supposed to enhance productivity and health?

I feel like there's a fairly wide variety of potential answers here, so I'll throw a few of them out. It's not easy at first As someone who has picked up biking to work probably a half dozen times ...
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Does biking really reduce fats from thighs?

Body part specific fat loss is not possible. A person gradually loses bodyfat from their entire body when fat is lost. Some body parts simply carry more fat than others, so acquiring a lower (total) ...
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Road bicycles for weight loss

Cycling can be a very effective method for fat and weight loss. If you are going to be primarily using a trainer, then you will probably want to go with a time based method rather than distance. If ...
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How far should I go on my first cycle?

Just do a short loop close to home . Few mile circuit . Then just keep increasing more and more laps until you have decent fitness level . That way you can push yourself and you will still be close to ...
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Recommended max resistance on cycletrainers

Either one will suit. You won't be able to sustain the maximum wattage for more than a few minutes, and if you can, your wattage meter is lying to you. This is a link to an SRM (crank based power ...
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How to keep my leg muscle from increasing in volume while still exercising?

While you could blame genetics, biking up enough hills and eating enough food will get you big legs. Nothing to be done about that. So don't do that. If you want less leg muscles, you need to burn ...
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Cycling speed and fitness

It's not really possible to hand out a speed to you and say "this is how fast you should ride". If we're talking about a competitive level cyclist, I think you'll find that most riders are ...
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Plan for 120 km bicycle race

Option d) Get lucky and find a bunch of slightly overweight but otherwise well trained and motivated guys who took it really easy uphill for the majority of the course and some huge teams near the end ...
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How to find music at 60/90/180 bpm to sync with exercise?

I love to run based on BPM. I find that my feet tend to sync with whatever I am listening to anyhow. Spotify I am currently playing around with Spotify. They have a feature (under Browse... Running)...
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