It’s widely acknowledged that cycling is a great way to achieve good health and fitness. A recent report from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) expressly recommended the health benefits of cycling. It’s also one of the easiest ways to exercise – you can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. So if you’re planning on becoming fitter and healthier in 2013 there’s no better time to pick up your bike and start pedalling, and here’s why...
1. Cycling gives you a healthier heart and immune system
Cycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness, as well as a decrease in the risk of heart disease. Studies also show that moderate activity, such as cycling, can strengthen the immune system and contributes to fighting of illness.
2. Cycling can help you lose weight
Cycling is a great form of aerobic exercise and a brilliant way to burn calories. The faster you cycle, the more you burn – meaning it’s entirely up to you to set your pace. Cycling also has the added benefit of ramping up your metabolism – even after the ride is over.
3. Cycling tones your muscles
Not only does cycling help you burn calories, but it also helps tone your muscles. In the lower half of your body cycling works your calves, thighs and bottom; while in the upper half it gives your shoulders and arms a work out too. Cycling is also easier on your joints than other high impact activities such as running, but still helps you get into shape.
4. Cycling reduces stress, mental illness and anxiety
Cycling is believed to give participants a sense of wellbeing and is said to reduce anxiety, depression and other psychological problems. It’s also thought that its repetitive clockwork movements have a soothing effect on the body.
These are just some of the health benefits cycling regularly can have. There are of course many more. One thing for sure is that it’s perfect for anyone who is planning a healthier life style in 2013. And the beauty is you don’t have to do it alone. Cycling’s a perfect activity for the family to do together – and research has found that kids are influenced by their parents exercise choices.