Cyclists battling against one another during the 3rd episode of the Porsche Survivor Series held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Besides improving physical and mental health and reducing risks of contracting health problems, cycling in particular is an exercise perfect for obesity and weight control.

Brunei’s obesity rate, in particular, is the highest in the region – with nearly three out of ten adults found to be obese – according to the 2016 Brunei National Survey on Risk Factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), whhich was issued by the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS).

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

While this is definitely a cause for concern, there are definitely many ways for people to tackle the problem – and one such way is through cycling; an exercise that raises metabolic rate, build muscles and definitely burns body fat.

Research suggests that a person should be burning 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, so if you cycle twice a day, the kilojoules burnt soon add up.

Cycling burns calories: between 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on intensity and rider weight, but there are definitely other factors affecting the rates which include the make-up of calories consumed, quality of your sleep and the amount you spend burning them per day.

New evidence was analysed in the form of a snapshot study of statistical analysis at the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) recently on data of order event jersey for Brunei Classic for three editions (Year 2017, 2018, 2019).

The findings highlight a decrease significantly of size XL event jersey order from 14.5 percent (2017), 11.8 percent (2018) to 7.4 percent (2019). These were later supported by the size M from 26 percent (2017), 29 percent (2018) to 31 percent (2019).

In addition, the findings demonstrate a ‘jump’ size of XL to M. The highlight is extreme bigger size such 5XL is totally absence for 2019 from the order while size 4XL and 3XL has shown significantly 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. It is important to note reliable data provided by Tum2Cycles who is an event management of Brunei Classic.

It can be concluded that cycling event such Brunei Classic has contributed to the weight loss and obesity control of Bruneian who taking up cycling as main sports activities.

While Brunei Classic is the biggest cycling event, other cycling events such fun ride, social-leisure ride by cycling community and numerous events organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) can possibly be the main contributing factors.

This was because through these events, cycling could be promoted into a fitness trend, where people indulge in them regularly and continuously – and not just a one-off event.

In summary, cycling has plenty of health benefits and perfect for weight and obesity control. In longer term it will be absolutely contributing to healthy nation for the vision 2035.

Dr Fahmi Ibrahim | The Bruneian
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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