Cycle Your Way To Fitness
| Written by Bernice Neai
Cycling is fast becoming the workout. Whether outdoor or indoor, the latest craze to hit our shores is gaining fans rapidly, and it’s easy to see why.
Cycling is a low impact exercise that can be enjoyed by all ages. It is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs get a great workout!
If you haven’t yet given cycling a try, here are some compelling reasons why you should.
Cycling makes for a great alternative for people who cannot do high impact sports such as running. It causes less strain and injuries than other forms of exercise.
Increased cardiovascular fitness
It raises your metabolic rate, burns body fat and increases muscle strength and flexibility. It works the major muscle groups in the legs: the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings and calves.
Heal Your Heart
Cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation. It reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, high blood pressure and heart attack.
Decrease stress levels
Regular bike riding can help with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. The body releases natural feel-good endorphins that help counter stress and make you happy.
A fun way to get fit!
Save up on fuel and save the environment! Cycling can be used as a mode of transport therefore making it eco-friendly and economical for your wallet. It is also a great way to enjoy healthy family time!
Catch A Good Night’s Snooze
When you’re cycling outside it exposes you to daylight. Research shows that this helps get your circadian rhythm back in sync. It also helps rid your body of cortisol; a stress hormone that prevents deep, regenerative sleep.
Cycling or spin classes have continued to grow in popularity and evolved over the years. You can find spin classes in your local gym or indoor cycling studio. If you have a hard time keeping yourself going on your own, spin class is just for you!
Spinning classes are great for group mentality and many find this to be a motivational factor. What sets it apart from other group exercises is that people of all fitness levels are welcome. Because you will be working at your own individual level, you’ll find yourself pushing your own limits without competing with others.
Cycling classes have now also become a lot more interesting with many different variations out there. Check out the ones near you and you may very well find something that will pique your interest.
Enjoy the outdoors with a great ride on your bicycle! Instead of an indoor bike in a controlled atmosphere, you’ll experience different terrain and in different conditions. You can challenge yourself and try out different cycling routes! This helps to keep the pedal power fun and keep the ride interesting. An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day for transport, recreation and sport. So spend quality time and get fit with your family and loved ones!
Are you the type of person who enjoys cycling classes or braving the great outdoors? Whichever it is, remember to have fun and enjoy the ride!
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