When it comes to exercise, some people prefer the great outdoors. Burning off that pizza you had for lunch can be a lot more enjoyable when you’re hiking through a beautiful Michigan nature trail. But, what about outdoor exercise in the winter? Sure, there’s cross-country skiing and snowshoes are a great way to help you wade through the winter wonderlands of Metro Detroit. But, if you’re looking for a new way to burn those comfort food calories, fat tire biking is a good way to go.
Thanks to the use of wide tires with low pressure, getting across the snow on these bikes is a perfect fit. Where most bike tires, such as those found on mountain or road bikes, would sink in right through the snow, riding a fat tire bike in the snow gives the rider a “floating” sensation. Don’t take that to mean you won’t get a good workout. Be prepared to feel the burn.
There are plenty of benefits to riding a fat tire bike for exercise. Estimates will vary, but, on average, a person can burn up to 1,500 calories an hour. Plus, your muscles will recover more quickly than if you were to go for a run for an equal amount of time. That is due to the fact that you are not placing your own weight onto your legs and feet when you are biking.
If you’re feeling courageous, fat tire biking also makes for a good supplement to other outdoor winter exercises. Many cross country skiers enjoy using a fat tire bike as a cooldown method. So, the next time you’re heading out on skis, research local rental spots with fat tire bikes if you aren’t able to transport one yourself.
If you’re looking for a great way to get some personal time with the beautiful, snow-covered regions of Michigan this time of year, fat tire biking is worth a shot. Thanks to Michigan’s numerous state parks, there’s no shortage of trails to explore this winter. And, if you take a liking to it, check out some of the Michigan fat tire biking competitions, like Dogman Challenge and 906 Polar Roll.
Will we see you out and about this winter, cruising on a fat tire bike through the snow-covered trails of Michigan?