Cycling is an excellent way to get fit. Whether you cycle for fun, sport or transport, it can help you to increase your fitness levels, lose weight and lower the risk of heart attack. Regular exercise is important and it is often possible for to incorporate cycling into your everyday routine by biking to work or to the shops. Most journeys people make are less than 5 miles so it is often possible to cycle rather than use the car or bus.
Cycling is a low impact activity and one of the safest ways to exercise without risk of over-exertion or strain to muscles and joints. It is particularly good for those who are new to exercise because few injuries occur as a result of it.
Cycling at a gentle 12 mph on a flat road uses about 450 kcal per hour. The main muscles you use when cycling are the upper thigh muscles, backside, and calf muscles.
There are many different bikes to choose from: racing, folding, mountain and city to name a few. If you’re just starting out, visit a good bike shop for advice on what bike is best for you and to make sure it is properly sized and adjusted. If you know what you’re looking for, a second hand bike is a cost-effective option.
The advantages of cycling do not end with fitness – cycling will save money otherwise spent on petrol, bus fares or car parking and consequently reduces congestion and pollution. Cycling can be a great stress-buster, especially due to the benefit of fresh air and the satisfaction of getting from A to B under your own steam!