Cycling is one of the most important exercises which has an impact on body as well as mind. This exercise is so important which is also beneficial to environment and controls pollution. Using cycle in our day to day activity promotes exercise as well helps to enrich environment.
Cyclists are a diverse group. Some of us ride fat tires down rocky trails, some of us ride road bikes up burly hills, some of us ride for sport and some of us ride just for fun. Some ride for the adrenaline rush and some ride their bikes for basic transportation. But all of us can take advantage of the healthy benefits of cycling.
There are many more health benefits of cycling.
Cycling is a very important exercise which does not have any bad impact on muscles and ligaments. It does not cause ligament injuries as it does not strain a lot on any ligaments. Though it does not strain muscles, ligaments the uniqueness of cycling is that it covers majority of muscles for exercise while pedalling.
Cycling helps a person to control weight and reduce belly’s and also strengthens abdominal muscles and rectal sheath. Evidence shows that cycling burns at least 2,000 calories a week through exercise. Steady cycling burns about 300 calories per hour.
Cycling strengthens your heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces blood fat levels. Research also shows that people who cycle to work have two to three times less exposure to pollution than car commuters, so their lung function is improved. A Danish study conducted over 14 years with 30,000 people aged 20 to 93 years found that regular cycling protected people from heart disease.
Cycling improves strength, balance and coordination. It may also help to prevent falls and fractures. Riding a bike is an ideal form of exercise if you have osteoarthritis, because it is a low-impact exercise that places little stress on joints.
Cycling does not specifically help osteoporosis (bone-thinning disease) because it is not a weight-bearing exercise.
Health professionals recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day. This is enough to maintain good health, even if the exercise is broken up into short 10 minute bursts.
Riding to work, school, college, or taking your bike on short neighbourhood trips is a convenient and practical way to incorporate regular exercise into a busy day.
Social benefits of Cycling
Cycling provides economic and independent travel for those who might otherwise have their travel options restricted. It offers increased mobility to many groups of the population with low rates of car ownership, such as low income earners, unemployed people, seniors and those under 18 years of age.
Shared cycling and pedestrian facilities also create benefits for pedestrians and people with disabilities by providing an increased network of paths and improved road crossings.
Cycling enables people to interact socially and feel more at home in their local community. More people cycling and walking provides additional opportunity for social interaction on the streets and this enhances a sense of community.
Regular exercise, such as cycling and walking is important.