7 Reasons To Ride Your Mountain Bike Over Winter

7 Reasons To Ride Your Mountain Bike Over Winter


– Welcome back you beautiful people. I’ve always thought riding in the depths of winter is going to make you stronger, it’s going to make you way more hardcore and your fitness is going
to go through the roof. I’ve had an epiphany. I’ve been sat by the roaring
fire and I’ve thought, hell, I’m going to do
some homework on this and then going to tell you all about it and why it’s good. (upbeat rock music) Yes, it’ll make you tougher. Whilst you’re out there
bragging all over the place to your mates and why you
are going out there riding in those horrible conditions, whilst they sit on the couch and skip all those wintry training months, definitely, makes you tougher in the face when it comes to cold weather riding. Also when it comes Spring and
when it’s a little bit chilly and a little bit rainy you’ll
be super comfortable with it and all your mates will be shivering in all their riding gear. It’ll defiantly make you tougher. (upbeat rock music) (groaning from cold) You defiantly burn more calories
when it is cold, it’s true. Right, I’ve done some research on this. When the temperature falls
your metabolism rises to keep you warm and
you burn more calories. However, studies suggest that cold induced calorie burn washes out after you warm up and
you start to exercise. That’s likely true when you’re running or doing full-body workouts but that winter warmup
effect is less pronounced out on the open trail where
your upper body is exposed. Okay, so that’s pretty deep, but I’ve done more research on this and we’re going to go even deeper into it. (swiping) So you’re always going
to be a little chillier, which brings us onto another bonus, Nonshivering Thermogenesis, NST. Shivering is horrible and nobody wants to do it while they’re riding. But being just mildly chilly triggers NST, which not only bumps up your
calorie burn on your bike but also makes your fat
more metabolically active, even when you’re not riding. (upbeat rock music) Again, that swiftly brings
me onto this next step and that is burning yourself out. Yes, coming into those winter
months you get super excited because you want to continue to keep fit through those horrible wintry
months and it’s so easy to burn yourself out when it
comes to those spring times. You want to pace your training
throughout that winter month, spread it out. You don’t want to just go out there and ride the whole season, the whole year. You can’t do that. It’s that famous saying of
burning the candle both ends, you’re going to burn yourself out. Take it easy and when it comes to springtime you will be in full happy glory with
your body feeling great and you got the summer months coming, knocking on your doorstep, good one. (upbeat rock music) You’re going to feel a lot less sick, yes, this is true and I believe in this because the fitter you are the lot less time you’re
going to be spending on your deathbed. Now, research says regular
exercisers are about half as likely to get sick as
their couch-loving peers. Yes, true. You’ll also earn bonus health points for being out on your bike and away from the indoor environments that get so germ-infested
this time of year. (upbeat rock music) A lot less crowded trails. Yes, come winter months
people won’t brave all that horrible weather to
get out onto the trail. You’ll find yourself on the trail all by yourself exploring stuff
that are quite crowded in the summer. You get it all to yourself and you have all this to yourself. (upbeat rock music) When it comes to winter months you start to become the king or queen at layering. Now, different types of clothing instead of just putting on a huge jacket and some huge pants straight away, you start to warm up, you take your jacket off, all you got underneath is a T-shirt. You want to wear different
layers like this. Start off with some long
trousers and a base layer. Then you move on to your wintry trousers which are waterproof. You got your winter
trousers on, waterproof, got some good pair of shoes. If your shoes are not very waterproof then a waterproof sock or thermal sock will keep those
little feet nice and toasty. Next is a race jersey. Now, I’ve got this base layer on which is quite warm already. I got a long sleeve race jersey on here. That’s defiantly going to keep you warm. And then the next layer is a jacket. Now this is a shell as such, it’s a wind shell but it’s waterproof, windproof, everything-proof. You start to become a
master at layering up. What we need now a pair of gloves, helmet and you’re ready to rock and roll in the winter months. (upbeat rock music) Little bonus for you, when out there riding in
the winter months you’d be wearing a lot more clothing and yes, your bike’s going to
be a lot more heavier. Because all that mud you’ll
be carrying on your bike, you’ll be building strength
and muscle endurance in the process of riding your bike. Look, my bike is stood up and
I didn’t even have a stick because the mud’s holding it up. (upbeat rock music) So, there gives you a few
tips on why you should go riding out on a wintry
day where it’s muddy, wet. You get yourself out there
you’re still being fit, you’re still being proactive
you’re staying away from all your friends that have got all those horrible coughs and colds. Get out on your bike, have fun in the mud because it’s epic fun. Hopefully, these few
tips have helped you out. Don’t forget to hit the globe to subscribe cause you’re missing out on some rad stuff and
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