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    Cycling perfect for weight, obesity control

    |    Dr Fahmi Ibrahim    |

    CYCLING can improve physical and mental health, and can reduce the chances of experiencing health problems.

    In particular cycling is perfect for weight and obesity control.

    Obesity rates among adults in Brunei are the highest in the region, with nearly three out of 10 adults are found to be obese, according to the 2016 Brunei National Survey on Risk Factors on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) conducted by the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS).

    Cycling is a good way to control or reduce weight and obesity as it raises your metabolic rate, builds muscle and burns body fat.

    If you’re trying to lose weight, cycling must be combined with a healthy eating plan.

    Cycling is a comfortable form of exercise where a cyclist can change the intensity which can be built up slowly and varied.

    Research suggests that an individual should burn at least 8,400 kilojoules (about 2,000 calories) a week through exercise.

    Steady cycling burns about 1,200 kilojoules (about 300 calories) per hour.

    British research shows that a half-hour bike ride every day will burn nearly five kilogrammes of fat over a year.

    The simple equation, when it comes to weight loss, is ‘calories out must exceed calories in’.

    An individual needs to burn more calories than what they consume to lose weight.

    Cycling burns calories: Between 400 and 1,000 an hour, depending on intensity and rider weight.

    There are other factors to be considered including the make-up of the calories consumed will affect the frequency of refuelling, as does the quality of sleep and the amount of time spent burning calories will be influenced by how much an individual enjoys their chosen activity.

    New evidence was recently analysed in the form of a snapshot study conducted by Dr Fahmi Ibrahim of School of Business at the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) on data of order event jersey for Brunei Classic for three editions (Year 2017, 2018, 2019).

    The findings highlighted a decrease significantly of orders for size XL event jersey from 14.5 per cent (2017), 11.8 per cent (2018) to 7.4 per cent (2019).

    The findings is supported by the increase of size M from 26 per cent (2017), 29 per cent (2018) to 31 per cent (2019).

    In addition, the findings demonstrate a ‘jump’ size of XL to M.

    The highlight was the 5XL which is totally absence for 2019 while sizes 4XL and 3XL has shown a significant drop.

    The data is valid as ‘purposive sampling’ were utilised where primary data gained from repeated-returned participants in Brunei Classic over the three years and the data was provided by Tum2Cycles, the event management of Brunei Classic.

    It can be concluded that cycling event has contributed to the weight loss and obesity control of Bruneians who take up cycling as their main sports activities.

    While Brunei Classic is the biggest cycling event, other events such fun ride, social-leisure ride by cycling community and numerous events organised by Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports including His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Royal Birthday Cycling Recreation 2018 may also help contributed to the findings.

    Obesity is a serious condition as it can lead to life-threatening health problems including cancer, cardiovascular and diabetic diseases.

    New evidence was presented in the form of a study conducted by the University of Glasgow in 2017 where researchers studied over 260,000 individuals over the course of five years and found that cycling to work can cut a riders risk of developing heart disease or cancer in half.

    Cycling has plenty of health benefits and perfect for weight and obesity control.

    Cycling will contribute to healthy nation for the Brunei Vision 2035.

    It is recommended that cycling as main sport activities and as a number one hobby that should be enriched with events that cater all abilities to encourage more people to cycle and raising the profile of cycling in the country.

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