It’s no secret that exercise in general is vital if one wants to stay healthy and in good shape. It’s also well-known that various types of exercises are related to different health benefits. Cycling is known to be one of the go-to activities for active lifestyle. And what’s not to love about it – not only do your exercise, it also allows you to commute and explore the world independently from schedules of public transportation and in an environmentally friendly way. So, let’s explore what is it exactly that cycling is commonly to known to be so good for and how to get there.
Cycling is good for:
- Posture and bone strength. Cycling is directly related to a decreased wish to crouch not only while on a bicycle, but also while sitting at your desk, which is as relevant as ever in the modern world. Also, the repetitive movements and the constant stretching of legs that occur while pedaling aid in improving the overall bone structure, durability and strength. This is especially valuable if you start cycling early in your childhood, because it can help with better, more even bone development in general.
- Joint mobility. It’s quite evident that joints, and especially knees, are at work the most while cycling. The movement of pedaling helps increase their mobility and flexibility – if done right. You need to make sure that the height of your bike’s saddle is adjusted very well to how tall you are to avoid putting too much pressure on your knees or doing it in the wrong places. The rule of thumb here is that your knee should be completely straight when you place it on the pedal and reach the six o’clock position while pedaling backwards.
- Blood circulation and weight. Regardless of whether you are into slow and relaxing rides on a bike path or into mountain biking, cycling gets your blood circulation up and going. As such, if done regularly, it contributes greatly to better functioning of cardiovascular system and as a result, easily controlled weight.
- Stress levels and mental health. This one is extra true if you cycle outside in the nature; the fresh air and the surroundings aid enormously to clearing your head from any issues, reduces stress levels, benefits attention span and your ability to stay focused for long periods of time. With the pace of today’s world, who wouldn’t need that?
How to get there
It is important to understand that in cycling, just like in any other sport, the effort matters. But too much effort can have a counterproductive effect to the one you desire. Make sure you keep your workouts in a range where they would push your limits; but not too much. Cycling is great for endurance training, so you don’t want to overdo it and be done with it immediately because it seems too difficult. Or even worse – get injured. Also, choose your equipment wisely. That is not to say that you must invest into the most expensive bike in your local store. You need to make sure that your bike and your cycling gear fits not only the type of cycling you do, but also your physical characteristics.