Reasons to Start Bike Riding
Riding a bike is one of the most effective workouts you’ll ever do without feeling like you’re working out!
Been feeling sluggish? Bike riding can improve energy levels by 20 percent and decreased fatigue by 65 percent. Why? Cycling triggers your brain to release Dopamine which is linked to energy. There’s no need to ride hard to harness the perk. People who pedaled at a low to moderate pace three times a week fought fatigue best. Riding a bike puts a lot less stress on your knees, ankles, and spine than walking or running. It improves general muscle function gradually, with little risk of over exercise or strain. Regular cycling strengthens leg muscles and you will gradually begin to see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, rear and hips.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country, and two top risk factors are high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol. In one study, researchers had 32 women ride at a moderate to high intensity three times a week for at least half an hour. After a year, they’d lowered their blood pressure and LDL, as well as significantly increased their aerobic fitness. A road or path where you can ride for at least 30 minutes without stopping so you can keep a consistent pace.
Any regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve well being and self esteem. Riding is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors!! It’s also a great way to get your metabolism moving and lose those unwanted pounds. Steady cycling burns about 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year.
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