Pedalling Towards A Healthy You
On a daily basis, cycling is a great form of aerobic exercise that will keep you healthy and fit. For instance, cycling has the capability to reduce the danger of serious medical conditions, from heart disease to high blood pressure, and from obesity to the most widespread form of diabetes. An educated guess has brought into notice that new cyclists — even those who take the initiative of cycling a short distance — can increase longevity, as the exercise results in the reduction of heart disease by 20-25 per cent.
Cycling can be also part of a weight loss programme, since it burns considerably more calories than any other exercise in the shortest of time span. We’re talking 300 calories in just 1 hour. At the gym, that would mean a medium workout for 40-60 minutes. In fact, a 20-minute bike ride to-and-from work, five days a week, has the potential of burning an equivalent of approximately 6kg of fat in a year, according to a study (Your Commute Could Help You Lose Weight, by Rachel Bachman). Cycling also meets the latest suggested target on exercise — every individual should incorporate mild-medium physical activity, which might leave one a little out of breath, for close to 30 minutes, five times a week. Heading out with your bicycle can also have quite a positive effect on how you feel as well. Moderate exercise has been found to reduce major levels of depression and anxiety. It does play a vital role in improving mood swings and raising self-esteem in an individual as well. In women, it has been seen to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
For the elderly, there can be indirect benefits, like reducing physical damage by falling and hurting yourself, which can be seriously disabling. To build one’s leg strength and coordination, cycling is the best way to improve it. This is more important than it seems, because leg strength improves mobility by allowing people to get out of chairs more easily, while improved coordination helps older people avoid falls and the injuries associated with them.
Moderate exercise has been found to reduce major levels of depression and anxiety. It does play a vital role in improving mood swings and raising self-esteem in an individual as well.
Heading out with your bicycle can also have quite a positive effect on how you feel as well.