To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment.
Riding to work or the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day – for transport, recreation, and sport.
Cycling for health and fitness
It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Cycling is:
- 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 as you pedal.
- Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t 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 – the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors 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.
- Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.
Health benefits of regular cycling
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.
Cycling and specific health issues
Cycling is the form of human motion, as well as being one of the best activities in improving health. Even the benefits of cycling for health are hard to beat from head to toe. Here are the benefits of cycling for health.
Reducing the risk of heart disease
Cycling can stimulate the ability of the heart, lungs, and blood circulation. So that it can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attacks.
Cycling is great for tightening and building your body muscles, especially at the bottom of the body, calves, thighs, and back of the body. Besides that cycling is a good exercise if you have problems with joints, feet or hips, because it will make them active.
Good for the waist
You can burn many calories when cycling, especially when goes faster than the relaxed speed. So cycling can use to maintain or reduce weight. The added benefit of cycling is to increase your metabolism, even after you’ve finished cycling.
Strengthen the immune system
Many researchers have stated the relationship between exercise and cancer. According to the researchers, regular cycling can reduce the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer.
Improving Body Coordination
Moving the legs to make a round, while both hands controlling the steering and trying to balance the body is a good exercise for body coordination.
Good for Mental Health
Mental health conditions such as stress and anxiety can reduce by cycling. It is due to the exercise itself and because cycling can bring its pleasure.
Can prolong life
Cycling is an easy way to prolong life. Regular cycling can improve the quality of life, even calculated with the risk of injuries encountered when cycling.
Cycling can help to protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis.
Riding a bike is healthy, fun and a low-impact form of exercise for all ages.
Cycling is easy to fit into your daily routine by riding to the shops, park, school or work.
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