Cycling For Your Health
CYCLE your way to good health.
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.