In today’s video, we’ll be talking about the health benefits of cycling. Can it improve your muscle strength and flexibility? How does it strengthen your bones? We’ll be talking about all of these AND more…
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Intro – 0:00
Increases muscle strength and flexibility – 00:35
Core workout – 01:08
Decrease fat levels and obesity – 01:38
Beneficial for people with cancer – 02:43
Prevents risk of diabetes – 03:10
Enhances cardiovascular fitness – 04:15
Improves posture and coordination – 04:57
Strengthens bones – 05:17
Decreases stress and boosts mood – 05:51
Prevention and management of disease – 06:58
1. Increases muscle strength and flexibility
If you’ve ever biked, you know it involves the use of various muscles including your arms and legs. While peddling, your leg muscles are put to work. For keeping the bike upright, you need the support of your arms. Biking builds your muscles around the hamstrings, glutes, quads and calves. Regular cycling improves your stamina and makes you more flexible. It’s a great way to increase muscle strength.
2. Core workout
If you want to improve your core strength you should try cycling. During cycling, the core muscles like your back and abdominals are involved. A strong back and abdominals increase stability, provide support to your spine and enhance comfort while biking. Keeping the bike in position so that you don’t fall requires strength. Also, maintaining your body upright while cycling requires core strength and aids in building your core muscles. If you want to work your core, include cycling in your workout routine.
3. Decrease fat levels and obesity
In our attempt to lose weight, we try a dozen different exercises. We usually forget one basic activity…cycling! Riding a bike can make your weight loss journey easier provided you’re eating a healthy diet and cutting out processed foods. To shed a few pounds, you need to burn more calories than you consume and exercise can help you achieve that. Cycling burns around 400 to 1000 calories an hour, depending on the intensity and rider’s weight. Surprising, isn’t it?
4. Beneficial for people with cancer
People who have or are recovering from cancer should include cycling in their exercise plan. I know it's easier said than done! Biking offers a bunch of benefits to people with cancer. It helps to reduce side effects of treatment such as fatigue, and improves their quality of life. Cycling helps to keep you fit and active. It has been found that biking has the potential to reduce risk of certain cancers including breast and colon.
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