Biking is good for you
There are many health benefits to cycling, and though it can be rigorous at times, it can also be great for your heart and a whole lot of fun.
Cycling is good cardio
A recent study found that cycling just 20 miles a week could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
The key to good cardio-vascular fitness is getting your heart rate up. Cycling uses the largest muscle groups, the legs, and lifting your legs is like lifting dead wood.
If you cycle consistently you’ll not only improve your stamina throughout the day, you’ll also be on your way to building excellent cardio health.
Cycling burns calories
Cycling is a good way to lose unwanted pounds. Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year.
Since cycling also helps build muscle, it can also also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve finished your ride.
Cycling increases muscle tone
If you think the only muscle group you use in cycling is the legs, think again. Though you use your legs heavily, you also use other muscle groups.
Regular cycling strengthens leg muscles and is great for mobility of the hip and knee joints, but you will also see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, rear end, stomach, and hips.
In addition, cycling builds strength in a holistic manner since every single part of the body is involved in the activity.
Unlike running, cycling improves general muscle function gradually, with little risk of over exercise or strain. In other words, you aren’t jarring joints on hard surfaces when you're on a bike.
Any regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve wellbeing and self esteem and cycling is no different.
In addition, cycling outdoors is a good way to be out in nature and environmentally friendly at the same time.
Get on your bike and ride
If you’re considering getting into a new exercise routine, get on a bike and take a ride somewhere. It might be difficult at first to keep peddling but at least you’ll be enjoying the scenery while giving your heart a much-needed workout.