View Full Version : Biking & excessive glut work - yikes!
04-04-2007, 03:32 PM
I dont have a car so most of my transportation is bking.
Since I've gone approx 75% Raw for the past 2 months I havent noticed any major fat reduction, but my legs are getting really strong which is good!
my gluts are worked too much and my behind is still pretty big!
I cant run or walk because i have plantar faciitis. I usually like to belly dance which is a great cardio workout but that requires standing and adds pressure on my feet :(
Does anyone have any good ideas for cardio/fat burn and to rev up the metabolism without adding strain on the feet or gluts?
is there a way to minimize the muscle workout on my rear when i bike by a switch of position?
I fear there isnt much choice!
I havent been stretching or doing any yoga much. would stretching help the rear?
between a rock and a hard butt muscle,
04-04-2007, 04:57 PM
they say streching makes longer and nice shaped muscles...;)
and its good to brevent major blessures! and flexible girls are sexy:p
hm... its difficult to find something without putting pressure on the feet...
can't you even go?? fast going is a very good training... and else... if you are spinning, choose a lower gear...
04-04-2007, 06:08 PM
I recommend stretching for you big time.
Alot of times peoples' plantar fasciitis will "magically" heal when they massage and stretch the gastrocs (the calf muscles). the reason is that the plantar fascia, the achilles tendon, and calf muscles are part of the same "chain" of muscle. If one area is tight it can aggravate another part of the "chain"
Roling atennis ball under the arch of the foot when you're sitting around also helps. Be sure to put a little pressure on it so it really kneads the tissue in the sole of your foot.
As for biking,
yes you can seriously change the way you work your lower body on the bike by changing the position of your feet, how far forward you lean, etc. Experiment and see what works for you. You may find that getting tow clips for your bike also changes the way your muscles work.
try using a ligher load, either by rifding on flatter terrain, using lower gears, or on a stationary, using low resistance. Make up for the reduced resistance by going for just a couple minutes longer. Takes the muscles out of building mode, and into more of a toning and conditioning mode.
You can learn more about this by looking up steady state training (what distance runners and cyclers use to get lean and strong instead of bulky like sprinters). You wanna stay in your aerobic zone.If you overdo it, you go into anaerobic territory, and then you get less fat burning effect as well. If you stay in the aerobic zone for over 20 mins. you engage slow twitch muscle which prefers to burn fat instead of glucose, and which does NOT bulk up.
04-04-2007, 06:25 PM
Most people who are raw swear by yoga. Also using and exercise ball type workout might be easy on you. I am looking at doing both.:)
04-05-2007, 10:43 PM
Swimming is an excellent cardio workout--and it's easy on the joints too!
I lost 30 lbs one summer being 100% simple raw & swimming. I had some foot problems so I couldn't run, so I hopped in the pool instead. 1 & 1/2 to 2 hrs a day, 6 days a week. IT WORKED!!
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