The Health Benefits of Cycling
Author: nick rees
The bicycle was first introduced in Europe in the 19th century, and introduced to the U.S.A. shortly afterwards.
There are numerous benefits to cycling, the principal one being a health issue, reducing the risk of heart disease. A study of over 10,000 people found that those who cycle 20 miles or more a week, are less likely to have Heart problems. The risk of Heart attack is reduced by 50%. Doctors say that to benefit from exercise, you should maintain your heart rate at an elevated level for at least 20 minutes, this can be achieved by cycling.
Cycling is one of the best exercises to lose weight, and not end up with the dreaded ‘flab’, often left as a result of other forms of weight loss. The muscles of the whole body are toned evenly. There are studies to show that cycling is one of the few exercises that can help to get rid of cellulite on the thighs …
There have been some studies showing that moderate exercise, such as cycling may strengthen the immune system and may increase activity against cancer cells.
Cycling helps stimulate the small muscles of the vertebrae, which is normally difficult to do. By using up fat reserves when Biking, blood cholesterol can be stabilized. This is a very important factor, as due to our normally sedentary lifestyle, raised levels appear to be on the increase.
Regular cycle rides can also reduce high blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke. Cycling builds stronger bones, improves digestion, lung function, and joint flexibility. Cycling facilitates blood circulation, it carries oxygen-rich blood to all your muscles, giving greater muscle strength. Due to your regular, heavy breathing when cycling, your intake of oxygen is greatly increased. By regular cycling you are building stamina, and you are more effective in your daily activities.
Due to the pressure of work, Family and Financial worries, we all end up stressful, tense and anxious. Biking really helps. The uniform movement is calming. The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, wonderful.
Go cycling, explore the countryside, take time to stop and chat with a farmer, make new friends, stop and watch haymaking in progress, don’t be in a rush …
Cycling can be a solitary activity or a very social one. There are many clubs and groups that usually are happy to welcome new members.
It is good to see that local Communities in most countries are building Biking into Transit plans.
Remember, cycling is not recommended for people with severe joint pains or severe arthritis, swimming is better, it gives total body support …
What are you waiting for? Get on your bicycle, keep in shape and reduce the risk of Heart Disease.
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