Getting in shape doesn’t have to be all drudgery and wear and tear on your body. Increase your fitness level and improve your quality of life with a favorite pastime for many — riding a bike.
You know what they say about riding a bike: Once you learn how, it’s something you’ll never forget. So if you’d like to incorporate cycling into your fitness regime but are feeling a bit rusty, don’t worry: Just strap on a helmet, hop on, start pedaling and enjoy all that cycling has to offer.
The Benefits of Cycling
Even for adults, riding a bike is just plain fun. And the health benefits are numerous. From boosting your brain power and immune system to improving coordination and increasing longevity, you can’t go wrong with good, old-fashioned bike riding.
Here are six more reasons why cycling just makes sense. Give it a shot and we think you’ll agree!
- It’s lifetime affair
Cycling can be enjoyed for a lifetime. For some people, running and other high-impact activities can take a toll on their joints and muscles, whereas cycling actually helps with coordination and improves the mobility of hip and knee joints.
- It’s fun for the entire family
Hopping on a bike is great opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, get some fresh air and reduce stress. And if you think little ones prevent you from cycling, think again. Simply attach a bicycle trailer to your bike or consider riding in tandem.
- It’s good for your muscles
Whether you’re in tip-top shape or making strides toward improved physical fitness, cycling is a great way to tone muscles, especially those in the lower body.
- It’s good for your heart health
Cycling improves your cardiovascular fitness, increases your stamina and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, cycling just 20 miles a week reduces your risk of heart disease by 50 percent, according to the British Medical Association.
- It fits in with your exercise routine
You don’t have to cut out other forms of exercise if you choose to start cycling. Given its benefits, cycling is a great way to cross-train and can complement other physical activities such as running, walking or hiking.
- It’s an efficient (and fun way) to burn calories
Cycling is a very efficient calorie burner. Adopting an exercise routine centered around cycling can be a great way to lose or manage your weight.
So pull that bike out of the garage, grab your helmet and start pedaling!