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Cycling – A Wonderful Full Body Workout Alternative

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Cycling is a type of aerobic activity which provides oxygen to the heart, blood vessels, and lungs. Riding a cycle will let you breathe deeper, perspire,  increase your body temperature and ultimately, your overall health.

Cycling can be enjoyed by all age groups and it is environment-friendly too.  A half an hour ride every day is a healthy way to keep your body fit and will protect against diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and various other health problems.

Cycling is one of the best full body workout –

  • Cycling builds up your strength and stamina.
  • Cycling is a low-impact exercise that causes less strain and muscle pain.
  • Cycling is a good body workout which involves   all the major muscle groups.
  • Cycling is easy as compared to other sports.
  • Cycling is fun and adventurous.
  • Cycling is the cheapest mode of transport.

Cycling is a good muscle workout for the body and with enormous health benefits, it reduces the risk of many health problems.

The Health Benefits of Cycling –

  1. Strengthens bones and tones muscles

Regular cycling involves a lot of pedaling which strengthens the leg muscles and also the hip and knee joints. Cycling exercise also strengthens the arm muscles and in general improves the muscle function of the body. Not only does cycling benefit the lower body but also, it is an overall physical workout.

2. Build up body strength

Cycling helps to increase the body’s stamina and boosts the endurance capacity of a person. Cycling benefits the body by increasing your energy levels and getting you charged up for the day.

3. Cycling is a stress buster

The benefits of cycling does not only limit to physical strength, it also helps in combating stress, depression, and anxiety. Riding a cycle will help keep the mental health conditions in check.

4. Increased cardiovascular health

During cycling, the heart beats faster than the normal rate which in turn promotes good health. Cycling exercise improves heart conditioning by making it pump blood faster. People who constantly exercise the heart muscle on a daily basis are less likely to develop high blood pressure.

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5. Cycling for weight loss

it is a good way to lose the unwanted fat in the body. Cycling exercises the muscles of the thighs and buttocks and it also increases your metabolic rate. Cycling exercise can also be done at home which will help you to reduce belly fat.

6. Cycling keeps diabetes in control

Cycling helps in lowering the risk of diabetes. Diabetes increases the risk of various diseases such as heart disease, stroke etc. So, cycling is the best way to keep the sugar levels  under control.

7.  Cycling lowers the risk of cancer

As we all know it, cancer is a dreaded disease. But, we can prevent it or reduce the risk by doing the right exercise i.e cycling. People following a sedentary lifestyle with moderate to high physical activities which include cycling and running are known to have a lesser risk of cancer.

8. Cycling improves joint mobility

Cycling is one of the best exercises to prevent or reduce arthritis because the joints in the legs are given little stress. It also improves the strength and balance of the body.

The benefits of cycling range from boosting health, helping in losing weight, recovery from injury.

Side Effects of Cycling –

Slowed Breathing: Cycling can be one of the causes for a person to breathe slowly and might take more time to take a breath whether with exertion or at rest.

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  • Neha Suryawanshi
    Dietitian & Clinical Nutritionist

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