Fitness and regular mountain biking go hand in hand, apart from the obvious risks involved with what can sometimes be an extreme sport, mountain biking has many health benefits and compared to jogging or running has a very low impact on your body joints.
Long term cycling helps to maintain efficient lungs and a strong heart, and is a first-class way of burning off calories and loosing weight.
So how much weight can you loose cycling? The number of calories burnt per hour is based on a number of factors, including your body weight, how often you exercise and the type of exercise you are undertaking. Leisure cycling which is less strenuous than mountain biking burns approx 288 calories per hour on a person weighing 160 pounds. The same person mountain biking would burn around 614 calories per hour.
The calorie burning app below whilst primarily being a bit of fun is designed specifically for cycling and mountain biking, it uses trusted formulas based on the Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide (A calorie burning formula) and should give you a pretty accurate indication of how many calories you burn on a typical ride.
This calorie burning app uses the following recognised formula for calculating calories burnt:
Calories burned by exercise = ((METs * 3.5 * weight in kg) / 200) * duration in minutes.
The METs code is a tracking guide for estimating how many calories are burnt by a specific excersise per hour.
Bicycling - BMX or mountain
Bicycling - <10 mph, leisure, to work or for pleasure
Bicycling - 14-15.9 mph, racing or leisure, fast, vigorous effort
Bicycling - 16-19 mph, racing/not drafting or >19 mph drafting, very fast, racing general
Bicycling - >20 mph, racing,
If youíre overweight and cycling to burn calories you can comfort yourself in the fact that the more you weigh the more calories per hour you will burn and thus hopefully the easier you will loose weight, whilst its important to point out that other forms of sport such as jogging actually burn more calories than cycling as much of your body weight is supported whilst riding a bike and thus your body burns less fat.
Ultimately, mountain biking is about getting out and having fun on your bike, but itís also a great way of keeping fit and loosing weight although this obviously also depends on a well balanced diet, and not drinking too much beer.