I found that cycling was the only sport I did regularly and I enjoyed the most.
I don’t do it only for the health benefits, but also it is a lovely way to escape urban scenery.
Whenever I can, I try to cycle outside the town, because the air is fresh and the sights are lovely.
I got so carried away, that I purchased a fitness bicycle for winter and for rainy days.
So what are the benefits of cycling?
First of all it is fun. I found that the most difficult task for me is to get into my cycling clothes and pack my rucksack, after that, as soon as I’m on my bicycle, I can’t stop grinning, that’s how much I enjoy it.
It builds stamina and increases muscle tone. During cycling, almost every single muscle is involved, improving the muscle functions gradually, with little risks of strain.
It is good for the heart. According to some studies lead by the British Medical Association, cycling can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and works out the whole cardiovascular system. Those who cycle at least 20 miles per week are 50 % less likely to have heart problems, than those who don’t cycle at all.
Cycling improves coordination, involving the whole body.
It also reduces stress. Almost any regular exercise reduces stress and helps improve our self esteem. As I mentioned before, cycling is a great way to explore nature, escape from everyday stress and have a bit of fresh air.
And of course, cycling burns fat. Apart from building muscle, steady cycling can burn up to 300 calories per hour, depending on speed and track. As I mentioned before, it uses the big muscle groups and apart from the lower body it tones the upper body as well and keeps the heart healthy.
It is very important to have the right equipment, the right bicycle, and the right posture. In case of a bad posture you can do more harm than good to your body, especially for the lower back, that is why it is essential to look up how to set the saddle and what posture to adopt.
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