WHETHER you’re on the road or in a gym, cycling has a host of benefits. We share some, courtesy of Betterhealth.
- It causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
- Cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
- It’s easy – you never forget how to ride a bike, right?
- It’s good for strength and stamina.
- You can work as intensively as you want.
- It’s fun and sociable.
- It’s an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout.
- It increases cardiovascular fitness.
- It increases muscle strength and flexibility.
- It improves joint mobility.
- It decreases stress levels.
- It improves posture.
- It strengthens bones.
- It prevents or manages certain diseases
- It reduces anxiety and depression.
Cycling For Your Health
Cycling is great for fitness, but it has many health benefits, too. Cycling can help with:
- 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.
- 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.
- Cancer: According to vic.gov.au, research has shown that if you cycle, the chance of bowel cancer is reduced. Some evidence suggests that regular cycling reduces the risk of breast cancer, too.
- 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.
- 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.
Cut Down On Sugary Drinks
Cutting down on carbs for the festive season? Great, now how about cutting down on those sugary drinks, too. Did you know that while you could be eating healthy and training hard, those drinks could be throwing all your other hard work away? Full of sugar, experts suggest you order a skinny latte next time you’re out with friends — or better yet, a sparkling water!
If you haven’t already, it’s time to start eating eggs for breakfast — heck, eat eggs at any time of the day, just eat them. Eggs are high in protein and full of vitamins and need to be an essential part of your diet. You’re welcome!!
Sip On Some Tea
While most of us love our coffee — especially first thing in the morning — it might be time to change that cuppa to some delicious tea. Experts explain that most teas are full of polyphenols and antioxidants that not only make you healthier, but can clean your teeth. Go on… choose your flavour!
Eating Out Tip
Eating out can be our downfall when we’re tying to shed some kilos, or just stay healthy. But there’s no reason you can’t go out, socialise with friends and stay healthy at the same time. Just look for lighter options, say experts. Many restaurants have a light, low fat, or healthy section on their menu, so check it out. And if they don’t, go for the half-portion — and skip the sugary drink!