Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise. You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a lot of money. You can also cycle indoors on a stationary bike. Most of us know how to ride a bike, and once you have learned you don’t forget. Cycling is not a fitness activity that solely involves the legs. Cycling builds strength to virtually every part of the body including your heart. Cycling improves muscle function, with little risk of over exercise or strain. Cycling strengthens leg muscles and is great for hip and knee joints.
Some of the Fitness Benefits of Cycling
Eats up calories – Cycling is a good way to lose those unwanted pounds. Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year. Since it helps build muscle, cycling will also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve finished your ride.
Improves heart health – According to the British Medical Association, cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. A major study of 10,000 civil servants suggested that those who cycled 20 miles over the period of a week were half as likely to suffer heart disease as their non-cycling colleagues.
Improves coordination – Cycling is an activity that involves the whole body. Therefore, arm-to-leg, feet-to-hands and body-to-eye coordination are improve
Reduces stress – Any regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve well-being. Cycling outdoors is a great way to really take in everything around you, causing you to forget – at least temporarily – all of the day’s troubles. When on a bike outside, you tend to take in a lot. Walking is too slow, riding in a car is too fast, cycling is just right!