Cy­cling For Your Health

CY­CLE your way to good health.

People (South Africa) - - Health News -

CY­CLING is great for fit­ness, but it has many health ben­e­fits, too. Cy­cling can help with:

1. Obe­sity And Weight Con­trol:

It’s a great way to shed some ki­los and stay fit. Cy­cling will get you build­ing mus­cle and burn­ing body fat – re­search sug­gests you should be burn­ing at least 2 000 calo­ries a week through ex­er­cise. Steady cy­cling burns about 300 calo­ries per hour. 2. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Dis­ease:

Cy­cling will help re­duce your chances of heart dis­ease or stroke. Ex­perts re­veal that cy­cling stim­u­lates and im­proves your heart, lungs and cir­cu­la­tion, re­duc­ing your risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases.

Plus, ac­cord­ing to stud­ies, peo­ple who cy­cle to work have two to three times less ex­po­sure to pol­lu­tion than car com­muters, so their lung func­tion is im­proved. 3. Can­cer:

Ac­cord­ing to Bet­ter­health.vic.gov.au, re­search has shown that if you cy­cle your chances of bowel can­cer are re­duced. Some ev­i­dence sug­gests that reg­u­lar cy­cling re­duces the risk of breast can­cer, too. 4. Di­a­betes:

Lack of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is thought to be a ma­jor rea­son why peo­ple de­velop type-2 di­a­betes. How­ever, large-scale re­search in Fin­land found that peo­ple who cy­cled for more than 30 min­utes per day had a 40 per­cent lower risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes. 5. Bone In­juries And Arthri­tis:

Cy­cling is great for your bones, too. Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, 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.

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