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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Is wheeling really a form of exercise?


This is what people commonly said about people on electric unicycles and I would like to say its BS. As much as the person on the wheel seems relax and not exerting any energy, he is definitely working out his muscles to keep the balance. I would challenge any one who says that we are not exercising and happily provide an electric unicycle for this test. YOU DO BURN CALORIES WHEN YOU ARE ON AND OFF THE WHEEL.

According to Dr. John Buckley from University of Chester, you are burning up to 50 calories an hour by standing. If you stand for three hours a day for five days that's around 750 calories burnt. Over the course of a year it would add up to about 30,000 extra calories, or around 8lb of fat.

"If you want to put that into activity levels," Dr Buckley says, "then that would be the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year. Just by standing up three or four hours in your day at work." Source

Attempting to find a scientific way of calculating the number of calories burned using our electric unicycle., I use the free tool provided by Healthstatus.com. The tool calculates the amount of calories burned based on the activity and the amount of time you spend on it.

As an input, I used the activity of standing and surfing to calculate the number of calories burned for wheeling. The reason surfing is being chosen because it is the closest activity to our movements on the wheel.

Tada..... 656 calories burned for a two hour workout on wheeling. While it pales in comparison to running and swimming, wheeling does offer a busy professional a chance to merge exercises into their daily life without having to disrupt their busy schedule . Wheeling can be done anytime. It can be a ride to the MRT and/or work place, or wheeling out to grab lunch and / or groceries. The best part of it is it leaves out the impact on your knees, hips, and back yet providing you to keep your heart rate between 50% to 85%.

I have trained more than 300 people since 2013 on how to wheel and all of them can vouch on the amount of effort required to them to start off the wheel. The first two hours on the wheel for somebody with zero experience in wheeling is as good as a two hours of intense Muay Thai training.

So in what aspect is wheeling a form of exercise?

One way of working out on the wheel

Wheeling is moderately aerobic: You are moving large muscle groups enough to elevate your oxygen consumption during twisting and turning.

In holding your upper body forward of your legs and in an extended position, you work the deepest abdominal support muscles necessary to transfer forces from your feet up through your arms. While wheeling might not give you your desired six-pack, you've probably built up your inner abdominal core and will be less likely to suffer back injuries than most. Wheeling also allows you too to develop local muscular endurance through holding your quads in a flexed position, as well as some rotational flexibility and strength in pulling turns. And not forgetting the steps you need to conquer by carrying your beloved wheel up and down the stairs.

Wheelians, the next time someone make that passing comment about you are not exercising on the wheel, just pass them your wheel and let them try.

For more information about wheeling, you may contact The Wheelies at www.thewheelies.sg 

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