Cycling is one fun activity that can be enjoyed by toddlers, teens and adults alike.
The love for cycling begins with the toddler’s tricycle and goes on to evolve into a mountain biker’s or a racer’s bike. Of course, not to mention the casual cycling that just about anyone can benefit from. How? Let’s see.
1. Easiest form of exercise
You can cycle almost anywhere, be it the great outdoors or the streets. The best part about cycling is that it has only one prerequisite – you should know how to ride a cycle. No team members, no skill sets, no gymming. Cycling also doesn’t cost you a fortune. One good cycle and you’re good to go for a couple of years at the very least.
2. Cardio-vascular fitness
Cycling is a great way to give your heart that much needed workout. Steady cycling makes your heart pump faster and at a steady rate. This is very good for strengthening the heart. The lungs also benefit greatly from cycling. It has been known to significantly reduce the risk of coronary diseases, if done regularly.
Cycling a few miles every day on a regular basis is a great way to build stamina. It is easier to build stamina by cycling, as you never know when you may end up cycling more as compared to the last time.
4. Muscle tone
Your leg muscles are going to get a serious work over with regular cycling. It works wonders for your calves, quads, hams, hips and your rear end. It is great for toning and building these muscle sets. The main benefit over other forms of exercise – for these muscle sets – is that cycling has minimum impact on the joints, for those people who may have joint problems.
5. Reduce weight
An excellent way to burn those calories and pull down that flab would be to get on a cycle as soon as possible. It is a great way to get rid of an increased waistline and excessive fat. A person weighing around 75kg can burn more than 600 calories with an hour’s cycling. Cycle uphill and you’ll burn even more.
If your workplace is close to your house, then it would be best to make a habit of cycling to and fro every day. Not only will this keep you in shape, but you can also do your own bit towards using lesser fuel and keeping the air pollution free.
7. Physical and mental health
The physical activity involved helps in keeping your immune system healthy, and also keeps the mind fresh and relaxed. Cycling outdoors is a great way to give the body much needed fresh air, which helps keep stress at bay.
Do yourselves a favour and get onto a real cycle, the one that moves about when you push the pedal. The stationary cycle found at your gym certainly does you good, but it also robs you of the opportunity to explore new places on your bike and breathe in some fresh air. So get out there in the open and pedal away to good health.
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