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Jan 4, 2018

Healthy Living: How Cycling Can Help You Lose Weight

The holiday season was probably a period when many eat too much or drank more than the usual. So shedding those extra pounds to get back in shape is a priority at the start of the New Year.  Eating healthy is as important as exercising. So if you’re looking for a way to burn those calories, cycling is one option.  In tonight’s Healthy Living, professional cyclist, Kaya Cattouse, has tips for beginners.


Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

Whether your New Year resolution is to lose weight or to stay active, riding a bike is one activity that may help you meet your goals.


Kaya Cattouse

Kaya Cattouse, Athlete

“Cycling is one of the good cardiovascular activity. As most people know doing cardiovascular activity is one of the best ways to lose weight.


Professional Cyclist, Kaya Cattouse has been riding competitively for a decade. If anyone knows the benefit of this activity, she certainly does.


Kaya Cattouse

“I have been able to maintain a great body. In terms of your core, most people see cycling as only working your legs but without even dong a lot of ab work you tend to maintain a great core – great abs. You are also strong in your upper body whether it be your lower back your shoulder your arms. It gives you a great overall body definition.”


Doctors recommend cycling for persons who need to do low impact exercise as not everyone can handle pounding the pavement during a run or jog. However, one common concern is the cost of taking up cycling. According to Cattouse, as a beginner there are only a few things you will need.


Kaya Cattouse

“First of all wear a helmet. That is definitely mandatory – helmet and gloves. When we fall off a bike the first thing we tend to do is put out our hands. If you are not wearing gloves you’ll some big scrapes in the palm of your hands. Getting on a bike, I’d advise you that the seat is a level especially for beginners, at a height where your feet can touch the ground as soon as you take your foot off the pedal. You don’t want to be too high where you have to be worried about balance especially if you are not comfortable. I would definitely advice the padded shorts. When we’re walking our feet is carrying our weight so walking or running you want to get good footwear. So when you’re riding the brunt of your weight is carried on your seat. So definitely you’d wanted to get padded shorts for said reason.”


As for your bike, just use what you have and when you head out on the road or track – push yourself to your own personal limits.


Kaya Cattouse

“Mountain bikes or hybrids any bike even a beach cruiser would do the job. It’s just .something that you can keep continuously peddling and you know you definitely want to be comfortable. For people taking as exercise the intensity would be up to them. Go to your maximum potential. Pedal as hard as you can for let’s say thirty seconds. Then come down and pedal at an easy pace. You do some thirty second intervals and that will definitely take up the heart rate and have you burning calories which will help you burn some fat.”


Riding for weight loss can be done alone or in a group. Cattouse warns against riding in traffic and has even started a cycling group for those who want some guidance.


Kaya Cattouse

“I started a cycling group that will be starting on Monday and it’s just for people who want to lose weight who want to exercise. I also have an exercise group and we work in the evenings and it’s just a whole heap of cardiovascular activity a lot of body weighted exercise and we do circuit training. The cycling is Monday. Wednesdays and Fridays from five a.m. to six a.m. and we meet in front of the Matalon on Coney Drive and we have different routes that we go on. We don’t go on the highways. The exercise class is in the evenings at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. You have diabetes, you have hypertension, just do it. Don’t do it cause you want to impress anyone or you want to fit in cause others are exercise or you got a new pair of shoes at Christmas that you want to show off. Do it for yourself. Don’t think about it, just do it.”


For more information about the group class contact Kaya at 670-1313.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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