There are many benefits to cycling for health, among them enhanced cardiovascular health, improved muscle toning and conditioning, and improved blood circulation. Those are just some of the reasons why cycling has been popular in my circle of friends and in the community at large. As far as exercising goes, it is one of the easiest forms, is affordable, and is an ideal way to incorporate mid-range physical activity as needed by the human body. Not only is it a form of exercise, but it used as transportation in many parts of the world. You can easily add cycling to your daily activities, no matter the age, and this means that you can cycle for your entire life as a way to stay fit!
Who was the father of cycling? That would be none other than Baron Karl von Drais, who began the concept in 1817. The bicycle that he invented is not the one that we know and love, and by today’s standards it would be considered a walking machine as it had no gears, peddle or even chains. Over time, he improved the technology to include all of the bells and whistles that constitute what we consider a modern-day bike.
The Benefits of Cycling
At a minimum, the human body requires some form of daily aerobic activity in order to stave off the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Outside of the physical aspects of cycling, there are also additional social and mental benefits that make cycling even more appealing. Some of these benefits include, but are not limited to:
Toned and Strengthened Muscles
You’re going to be pedalling a lot if you take up cycling, and over time, you will notice that your calves and thighs will tone and tighten as a result of your workouts. It’s not just your legs, however, as cycling involves working out the entire body, and the end results are strengthening in all of the core body parts after regular sessions on your bike. Studies also indicate that cycling increases flexibility for another added boost of aerobic fitness.
Enhanced Cardiovascular Functioning
When you cycle, your heart responds by beating faster than normal, elevating the heart and promoting improved health. Research on middle-aged men shows positive results for those that participate in cycling sessions as a means to improve their cardiovascular function. Walking, running, and cycling is considered some of the safest and easiest ways in which people can improve their heart and cardiovascular system.
Treatment for Diabetes
Cycling has also been shown to stave off diabetes, which increases the likelihood of suffering from a stroke, experiencing heart and kidney disease, as well as a host of other health issues. When you are involved in an aerobic activity, glucose is drawn in by cells and then converted into energy. With that extra energy, there are a lot of things we can get done. Many people report that their stamina levels increase dramatically once they begin cycling, and is one of their preferred ways to stay fit.