OK, we all really know that it’s reading, writing and arithmetic, but don’ t be a hater! I’m reading “Ride your way Lean, the Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike” . This book is exactly how it sounds. It focuses on the facts about how calories are burned, how bicycling factors into the equation, and what you can do to utilize this to help lose some weight.
Here are some fun numbers:
600 – This is how many calories I burn every day when I simply commute to work on our local bike trails (give or take, some days it gets closer to 700-800 calories if I ride harder)
2 – The number of years I will live longer if I bicycle to work every day at a moderate pace (the average is about 4 if it’s vigorous)
70 – This is how many minutes I spend total on my bicycle on those days
16 – The average number of people I see on my way to work on the bike trails
0 – The number of people I see with a frown or upset appearance on my way to work via the bike trails
3 – The gallons of gas that I save each week riding a bicycle instead of driving to work (roughly $10-$12/week)
15 – The number of miles I save on my leased car every day I ride a bicycle instead of driving the car
75 – The number of miles I save on my leased car each week I ride a bicycle every day instead of driving the car.
4 – That’s the highest I seem to be able to count when counting my “cadence” or pace, it’s always 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, I blame it on years of metronomes and music classes.