Cycling is considered as one of the best ways for people to accomplish solid health and fitness. One who cycles regularly can expect longer lifespan compared to those who don’t.
What’s more, cycling is suitable for everyone, any type of person, any age. For some it can be just a great way to enjoy a warm afternoon, for others it is the perfect source of adrenaline rush and for some cycling is just their basic transportation method. Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of cycling.
1. Heart Health
Cycling is great for training your hearth to be stronger, improving your cardiovascular fitness, thus reducing the risk of stroke and coronary heath disease. Regular cycling halves the chance of suffering heart disease.
Also, it lowers the resting heart rate which is related to decreasing the risk of sudden death after a heart attack.
2. Tones Muscles
Cycling increase your overall muscular strength, not just the leg muscles like most of the people think. It involves every single part of your body, of course, starting from the legs for pedaling, the back muscles and abdomen for stabilizing the body on the bike and the shoulders and arm muscles for supporting the body at the handlebars.
Furthermore, cycling is great for people who cannot do high impact sports, like running, because of joint conditions or injuries to the legs.
3. Weight Loss
Cycling is a good way for losing weight. The increased energy level when cycling helps the body burn fat and also helps the body burns calories even when sedentary. A continuous cycling with moderate pace burns approximately 300 calories per hour.
5. Increases Brain Power
Researchers from Illinois University found that a ﬁve percent improvement in cardio-respiratory ﬁtness from cycling led to an improvement of up to 15 percent in mental tests. That’s because cycling helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus – the region responsible for memory, which deteriorates from the age of 30.
6. Reduces Stress
Many scientific researches generally suggest that exercising helps ease stress. Obviously, cycling is part of that and additionally a study by New Economics Foundation indicates that bike commuters have reported lower stress levels than their counterparts using cars or public transport.
4. Look Younger
According to Sharp – the National Forum for Coronary Heart Disease Prevention – regular cyclists typically enjoy a fitness level equivalent to being 10 years younger. Also regular cycling can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. Harley Street dermatologist, Dr Christopher Rowland Payne explains: “Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while ﬂushing harmful toxins out.
7. Lifetime Activity
One of the best things about cycling is that is suitable for almost any age. Weightlifting and running can get tough as the years goes by and that’s why riding a bike is great activity even for older people.
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