I don’t feel like I’ve been around very much lately. We’re in the final throws of a house extension and my kids are growing up fast. Don’t worry though, I’m back and I’ve been training hard. Still running, still lifting weights and still enjoying it. I thought I’d write a little bit about the health benefits of cycling.
When you’re looking for ways to keep fit, you can often feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the right exercise regime for you. For a lot of people, the answer is cycling. It’s easy to get into, it improves your health and it’s cheap. Here are just four of the health benefits:
1. Improved Stamina
Make cycling a regular part of your week and you’ll begin to notice improved levels of stamina. If you’re cycling to work every day, you’ll start to notice that you’re getting there quicker week by week. You may also notice that the gears you normally use are becoming too easy for you. Ratchet the up the difficulty and continue to challenge yourself. When you’re out on a bike ride at the weekend, you may be surprised at how far you can go!
An excellent way to track your progress is to record your rides using cycling apps available for your smartphone. The Strava cycling app will give you a detailed breakdown of each ride and help you track your progress.
2. Easy Way To Exercise
Jogging may seem like the cheapest and easiest way to get started, but it might not be as beneficial as you’d think. Your joints can take a battering when you first get started and that can be enough to put people off it for good. Cycling on the other hand, is a great alternative.
The majority of your weight is supported by the saddle of your bike. This means that if you are carrying a bit of extra weight, your skeleton won’t take a beating as you start to exercise.
Cycling is also a relatively cost effective way to exercise. Leisure Lakes Bikes have a wide variety of bikes to suit any budget. Just make sure you have the necessary safety gear before you hit the roads. We’d recommend that you pick up one of these Fox helmets to keep you safe, just in case any accidents occur.
3. Burns Calories
With winter on the way, what better way to start shifting those unwanted pounds than by hopping on your bike? If you maintain a 10 mph pace, it’s possible to burn 215 – 500 calories on every 30 minute bike ride. Every little helps, and it won’t take you long to get to this level if you cycle regularly.
4. Improves Heart Health
Medical News Today reported that cycling could reduce your risk of heart disease by 50 per cent if you cycle just 20 miles every week. The British Medical Association carried out the research using 10,000 civil servants and found that those who cycled were half as likely to suffer from heart disease. Mark that down as one more reason to get pedalling!
Thanks for reading and I promise to start blogging more.