Stay physically active and healthy. Find fun activities that may be incorporated with regular exercise to achieve your desired fitness goals. One such activity is cycling.
Cycling is a healthy low impact exercise that may be combined with regular exercise and everyday routines to reduce the risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Regular physical activity can help to protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease among others.
Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.
The health benefits of regular cycling include:
• increased cardiovascular fitness
• increased muscle strength and flexibility
• improved joint mobility
• decreased stress levels
• improved posture and coordination
• strengthened bones
• decreased body fat levels
• prevention or management of disease
• reduced anxiety and depression. It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health.
• Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
• A good muscle workout – cycling uses all of the major muscle groups.
• Easy – cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you never forget.
• Good for strength and stamina – cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
• As intense as you want – cycling can be done at very low intensity, to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
• A fun way to get fit – it’s an outdoor activity that can be done in a fun way and an activity that can be done with the entire family which means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
For persons interested in losing weight, cycling is a good way to control or reduce weight but must be combined with healthy meal plans. Calories out must exceed calories in. So you need to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. Cycling burns calories: between 400 and 1,000 an hour, depending on intensity and rider weight.
Your health… Is your responsibility!
Get the okay from your doctor before you start cycling, especially if you have heart disease, arthritis, or thinning bones.
Don’t ride a bike at all if you’ve had a recent fracture. Another fall could make it worse. Wear a helmet to protect your head; don’t ride alone; stay hydrated before, during, and after your ride; and use sunscreen and sunglasses.
Going for a ride is good for your heart and muscles, and it may improve how you walk, balance, and climb stairs. Grab those bicycles and enjoy the health benefits of cycling.