Thinking about joining the cycling family? Here are the reasons you should get on your cycle…
The health benefits of cycling include muscle toning, improved cardiovascular health, and better blood circulation. It is one of the simplest forms of working out as a form of moderate physical activity that is required by the human body. It is not only an exercise; it is also used as a means of transport in many countries. Cycling helps in incorporating physical activity into your daily life.
Health Benefits of Cycling
The human body requires physical activity for normal functioning. At least thirty minutes of moderate to intense physical activity is very important and is required in order to achieve long-term health. Other than the physical health benefits, there are social and mental health benefits that make cycling an enjoyable activity as well. These health benefits include the following:
1. Cycling improves mental well-being
There are so many ways that exercise can boost your mood: there’s the basic release of adrenalin and endorphins, and the improved confidence that comes from achieving new things or getting closer to that goal.
2.Cycling promotes weight loss
The simple equation, when it comes to weight loss, is ‘calories out must exceed calories in’. So you need to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. Cycling burns calories: between 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on intensity and rider weight.
3. Cycling builds muscle
The resistance element of cycling means that it doesn’t just burn fat: it also builds muscle – particularly around the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves. Muscle is leaner than fat, and people with a higher percentage of muscle burn more calories even when sedentary.
4. Enjoy second breakfasts
Since a half hour ride to work should be burning between 200 and 500 calories, you’ve got a license to enjoy a second breakfast with fellow members of the group.
5. Better lung health
Cycling will enhance your lungs capacity and improve lungs overall health.
6. Reduce Chances of heart disease
Cycling raises your heart rate and gets the blood pumping round your body, and it burns calories, limiting the chance of your being overweight.
7. Cycling is low impact
Running is weight bearing activity – and therefore injury rates are higher in running. Cycling, by contrast to running, is not weight bearing and low impact exercise. So it is good for knee health.
The lack of weight bearing also means that cycling does not do as much to increase bone density as other sports – so it’s a good idea to add a little strength training in to your program.
8. Sleep better
Cycling reduce anxiety, as this is byproduct of exercise, which elevates the ability for sound sleep. Exercise also protects against weight gain with age, which is another cause of sleep dysfunction.
9. Strengthen your immune system
Cycling had huge benefits on the health of the upper respiratory system – thus reducing instances of the common cold.
10. Grow your social circle
Cycling is an incredibly sociable sport. Grassroots cycling revolves around cycling club culture – which in turn revolves around the Sunday club run: several hours of riding at an intensity that enables easy chat, interrupted by a cafe stop (or the occasional puncture).
Joining a cycling club or group is an excellent way to grow your social circle, and if you’re new to riding – you’ll probably find all the maintenance and training advice you may have been looking for there, too.
Royal Cycle Club – Bhiwadi is a cycling group of young and passionate professional and businessmen. Anyone is welcome to join and enjoy the huge list of cycling benefits.