OK, maybe it’s time for a bribe. What’s your favourite treat? I’m partial to most things in the bakery myself. Go on, you can because you’re burning kilojoules with every pedal stroke.
Some people seem to be able to eat anything they like without consequence. Others of us need to be aware that some treats are better than others.
Choose an apple or blueberry muffin over chocolate chip, and carrot or banana cake over scones with jam and cream. A date slice is better than a jam donut. If it contains fruit, there’s nutritional value in there. Chunks are also good, and nuts or seeds can mean a biscuit or muffin has extra fibre or protein. As a generalisation, sweet treats that are brown and rough in texture are better, as they might contain wholemeal flour or bran. The same rule applies to sandwiches, rolls or burgers: multi-grain or wholemeal bread is better than white.
Anything deep-fried is immediately out: no chips, wedges, chicken nuggets or dim sims. The quality of pies and pasties varies enormously from café to café. On average, meat pies contain an incredible 21 grams of fat and one third of the recommended daily intake of salt. In contrast, pies and pasties in specialty bakeries are as good as homemade, with fewer additives, less salt and high quality ingredients. If it looks like the kind of pie that would be served in a restaurant with vegetables, it’s probably a good choice; if it looks like the kind of pie that you’d find at the footy, think about ordering something else.
Be sure not to expect to lose weight in a hurry, because it’s rarely possible to see effects inside a month. In fact, regular riding might not affect your weight at all depending on your metabolism. However, you will definitely feel good from exercising your muscles, heart and lungs.
Tip – Claim your space
Ride one metre out from the kerb. You’re more visible that way and you avoid the glass and debris swept to the edge of the road.
Avoid swerving out around parked cars and obstacles. Instead, ride a straight line one metre outside all obstacles along the road so that other road users are clear where you’re going.
This post was for day nine of Ride On‘s June riding challenge.