Spring has arrived, and with it better weather and activities in the fresh air. If you haven’t by now, it’s a good time to include cycling in your daily activities.
There are many benefits to this type of recreation, and in addition to making you feel better, your body will “profit”.
Harvard University School of Medicine has highlighted five important benefits of cycling on its website.
It protects the joints
When you ride a bike, you transfer all your weight to the strong pelvic bones. When you walk or run, the weight shifts to your legs causing your joints to suffer. Cycling is good for all people who have problems with joint pain or arthritis.
Provides aerobic exercise
Aerobic exercises are characterized by a very moderate intensity and they are, above all, aimed at improving our health. Cycling is a great form of aerobic exercise because of pedaling, which improves the work of our heart and brain, and has a great effect on the bloodstream. It also stimulates the secretion of endorphins (also known as the hormone of happiness), which improves our mood.
It strengthens muscles
When riding a bike, use almost all the muscles, especially the buttocks muscles, the quadriceps thigh muscles and the muscles in the sheets. Due to the upright position, the abdominal muscles “work” and help to balance, and we also use the muscles in the arms and shoulders.
Facilitates various daily activities
The benefits of cycling are transferred to maintaining balance, walking, standing, endurance and climbing stairs. All kinds of physical activity will become easier thanks to cycling.
Helps strengthen bones
Activities such as pedaling, in which the body must offer resistance, increase bone density. Reduced density is not a negligible problem because it can lead to osteoporosis.
It would certainly not be bad to consult your doctor before starting an intensive bike ride, especially if you have heart problems, arthritis or thin bones.