People are talking more today than ever before about the significant health benefits that bike riding brings.

The Victorian Government on their Better Health website said, “To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.”

Many generations have seen cycling as a healthy and the low-impact nature of cycling makes it a great activity for people of all ages. They have also seen it also as fun, cheap and good for the environment. The health benefits of cycling are completely underestimated and has caused people to take this form of recreational exercise up over going to gyms.”

Inner city commuters have also noticed the rise in riding road bikes to work or the shops as an alternative to taking public transport or private cars. It’s seen as one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with one’s everyday routine. According to the key findings from the Austroads 2013 Participation Survey, 3.6 million Australians ride a bike each week and 7.4 million had ridden at least once in the previous year.

An estimated one billion people ride bicycles everyday world wide for transport, recreation, sport and wild adventure riding!

Cycling for Health and Fitness:

It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement in health.  Cycling is:

+ Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.

+ A good muscle workout – cycling uses all the major muscle groups when peddling.

+ Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill.

+ Most people know how to ride a bike and, once learned, it’s not forgotten.

+ Good for strength and stamina – cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.

+ With intensity if desired – cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.

+ A fun way to get fit – the adventure and buzz of coasting down hills and being outdoors means one is more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other indoor physical activities or require special times or places.

+ Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.

Health Benefits of Regular Cycling:

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. Cyclists breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improves overall fitness levels.

The health benefits of regular cycling include: decreased stress levels – improved posture and coordination – strengthened bones decreased body fat levels prevention or management of disease reduced anxiety and depression. – increased muscle strength and flexibility – improved joint mobility – increased cardiovascular fitness – good health, and can reduce the chances of experiencing many health problems.

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