‘Look ma, no hands!’ — remember the thrill of getting your first bicycle and learning how to ride it? Wheezing gasps and skinned knees didn’t deter us from riding our bikes down the street corners. As kids, we instinctively took to cycling. But over the years the multitudinous benefits of cycling have been overlooked. The trend today is to either spend hours at the gym or oodles of money on ‘packaged and processed’ health foods. Riding this simple machine on the other hand is one of the greatest and simplest joys of life with an array of health benefits! Let’s revisit some of them.
Cycling and sensibility
Cycling at any age is not only good for the body but it also helps in maintaining your mental health. In this fast-paced world, our lives have become sedentary. Biking lends positivity, reduces stress and improves our cognition.
Improve your immunity
Regular cycling ameliorates your cardiovascular health, improves blood circulation, and gives you enough lung capacity to escape a lion. With all of this in check, the risk of disease is always at bay.
Go from fat to fab
It is elementary to lose weight through regular cycling. Cycling for an hour maintaining a moderate pace burns more calories gained from that plate of spaghetti in creamy white sauce. Commit each day to cycling and watch the pounds melt away.
The cycling clubs
Join a Harley club in your 40s, but in your thirties make sure you are part of a cycling club in your vicinity. Changing lifestyles have led to mushrooming of such groups and if you are in a new city, this is a great way to meet people and extend your social circle.
It offers versatility
Cycling is a great way to get rid of monotony in a regular workout regime. You get to be outdoors and never have to take the same route twice. Most people give up on getting healthy with ‘boredom’ as an excuse.
Like everything else in life, there are certain cons of cycling.
The Physical aspect
Since you will be out on the road, riding a bike during traffic hours could get difficult. Ensure you have the correct biking gear on, especially a helmet.
With age comes wisdom
Cycling in your twenties could be a breeze, but with an increase in age the wear and tear of muscles could cause minor to severe injuries. Although age is just a number, ensure that you speak to your physician before you start training. Doctor’s approval becomes even more important if you are planning to cycle cross-country or enter an event.
Keeping this in mind, cycling continues to be one of the best forms of exercise. The drawbacks of cycling shall not keep you from following your fitness regime as there are many health insurance companies in India that cover accidents and ensure your overall well-being.
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