Benefits of Cycling
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 only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health.It 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.Cycling:
- 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
- Good for strength and stamina:Cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
- 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.
- Obesity and weight control
- Cardiovascular disease and cycling
- Diabetes and cyclingThe rate of type 2 diabetes is increasing and is a serious public health concern. Lack of physical activity is thought to be a major reason why people develop this condition. people who cycled for more than 30 minutes per day had a 40 per cent lower risk of developing diabetes. Bone injuries, arthritis and cyclingCycling 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.