Well, it sure beats sitting on a couch. As to counting it as fitness minutes - it depends a bit on the terrain. On a level beach, probably not really. On a mountainside/rocky terrain, where you are really working hard to hold on and shifting your weight around to keep balanced, it's probably the equivalent of horseriding?
Fitness Minutes: (190)
13 6/15/12 11:52 A
I think that the act of holding yourself on an 4-wheeler is exercise for the arms and legs. My arms, hands, shoulders and legs ache if I ride very long. If nothing else it is strengthening core muscles. Now my side-by-side is definitely not exercise, but it sure is fun.
I agree with the others in that it's part of an active lifestyle but not necessarily exercise. Cardio gets your heart rate going between 60% and 85% of your maximum. Strength training basically uses weights (body, machines, or free weights) to intentionally strengthen different muscles.
6/14/12 12:41 P
"You really work up a sweat, "
All that means is you got hot and your body cooled itself.
I would not count riding a quad/atv as exercise at all.
Fitness Minutes: (68,349)
6/14/12 11:30 A
I really don't think so. LOL Most the time I road bikes and such, the only sweating I did was from the hot sun and purging out all the beer from my pores.
I think you have to really focus on exactly what muscles are being worked, how intense, etc. You may help to strengthen a few muscles, but not a whole lot more than any other moving activity.
Fitness Minutes: (15,095)
9,707 6/14/12 11:09 A
Fitness minutes, maybe, but not cardio. Working up a sweat is, unfortunately, not a good criteria for exercise. ;) If it were, we here in the south would all be skinny, because we sweat all the time!
It is no doubt a workout (those things can be tough!) But I'd think it's more like strength than cardio. Just track it in fitness minutes in your quick tracker, if you like.
Fitness Minutes: (38,120)
1,301 6/14/12 10:38 A
Just wondering if riding a quad/atv/off road vehicle in the sand could count as fitness minutes... You really work up a sweat, and legs/arms and back get pretty worked doing it. It is my favorite thing to do outside of my regular workouts...
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