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Weight Loss

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Young Un, 19 Jun 2008.

  1. Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    i have been cycling short distances for a while being only 13. this has been great for my thighs and calfs that are now nice and toned/big.

    the problem area is the stmach or abs - in my case the lack of - so how can i get the weight of from oround my stomach. have just started(literally last night0 to do 20 sit ups each evening and each mornin and will increase this wen i feal comfortable doin 20.
     
  2. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I personally wouldn't recommend 'ordinary' sit-ups.
    You have a limited range of movement, and only work the stomach muscles (and not very efficiently), which leaves the important back muscles redundant.

    Far more effective and beneficial (and easier/more comfortable) is doing crunches on a Swiss ball:

    http://www.askmen.com/sports/fitness_top_ten/36_fitness_list.html


    View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ad_ENrflPk


    Don't overdo it; you are still only young and your body is still developing.

    Good luck, and don't be afraid to ask people for any help.
     
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Oh, and don't forget to eat healthily and drink plenty of water. Keep the canned drinks down to a minimum!
     
  4. OP
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    Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    hardly ever drink canned drinks and i get through about 1.5 litres a day of water just at school
     
  5. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Then you're on the way to a much-desired 6-pack! :smile:
     
  6. OP
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    Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    i wish!!!
     
  7. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

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    At 13 I really wouldn't worry about it. It will probably all go wrong in a year or two when you find beer anyway!

    Just avoid junk food / pop and keep cycling and you'll probably loose weight anyway without all the agro of situps etc.
     
  8. Core strength is really important for cycling because it helps to prevent injury and supports your lower body when you are pedalling. I would do crunches rather than sit ups (smaller range of movement) - but also, have you thought of talking to your phys ed teacher about it? Would they be able to advise? If you keep up with the cycling and don't eat too much stodge you'll slim down no problem.
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    what are crunches - about to go to bed so if its a quick answer i can do them tonight
     
  10. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I didnt bother doing that. I went out on my bike and went from 10 and half stone to 9 an half in under a year. And on a long ride i went below 9 an half stone. I didnt bother with sit ups, and i just carried on eating normally, eating slightly healthier.
    Crunches if i am right are where you bring your knees up to your chest as you do a sit up. Dont think i explained it right, but its all in my head;)
     
  11. longers

    longers Veteran

    I agree, just try to keep eating the right things - not too much fatty or sugary food and get plenty of exercise and fresh fruit and veg. Cycling is obviously good :biggrin: but swimming is great for your whole body.
     
  12. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    hmm...we have one of those balls deflated in the garage...hmm...maybe it's time it saw the light of day again...thanks for the reminder!
     
  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    You do know that there is no relation at all between the area you are exercising to the area you lose body fat from?
    Sit ups are more like resistance exercise anyway, you will get muscle tone doing them but not lose weight. You are more likely to lose weight by doing cardiovascular exercise, you only move into the fat burning zone when you are in anaerobic exercise, this is when you have burnt up the sugars and simple carbs in your body (that don't stay around for long) and are burning a mix of complex carbs and fat. Give or take quite a bit, this kicks in when you have been exercising for around 20 minutes.
     
  14. OP
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    Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    so bonj your saying that sit ups wont do anything for wieght loss??

    looks like i might have to start jogging:angry:running has never been my strong point lol
     
  15. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Or just go out and do some hard training for over 20mins. :evil:
    I used to losse 2-3 pounds on a club ride. Dont loose any or very little now.
    Go out and go fast as you can for 20+mins, or even just keep going at a good speed for about 30mins.