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Posted by: Nina | 2006/04/04

Excercise bike

I have recently bought a trojan stationery excercise bike. I need to lose about 6 kgs esp in my abdomen area. How often and for how long should I cycle for? and how long before I see results?
My job from 8 to 5pm requires me to be seated all the time. Ive become insulin resistant. Dr says I dont need meds as excercise and diet can help. My glucose levels are normal but my insulin levels are high.

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Hi Nina

My advice is that you begin with about 20 to 30 minutes of cycling per day, 4 days a week. Exercise can certainly help you with both the weight issue and the insulin problem, we know that. However, the key is consistency in your training and understanding that it is a long term solution. That means you start off with 4 days now, but then build up to 5 or 6 later on. Also, if you do 20 minutes now, you must aim for 45 to 60 minutes later on. Generally, my advice is that you increase by 5 minutes every week, so that you are doing 45 minutes within the next 5 weeks.

Good luck

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