Health Benefits Of Cycling

Most people know that cycling is very good for your heart and your fitness levels. So, to what extent does cycling make you fitter and how much cycling should you do? Many people that cycle rarely or occasionally should perhaps think about ‘doing more’ as part of their new years resolution. Very few people do enough cycling and could quite easily fit a bit more into their weekly, monthly and yearly routines.

 What Extent Does Cycling Make You Fitter?

Cycling for some though is just not an option as some people simply do not like or want to try cycling, but regardless of individual motivation the fact remains that cycling does make you a lot fitter in many ways and builds your stamina to a very good level (if you are a regular cyclist). Many people that do not cycle often think that they can not do it as they expect results overnight and do not get to feel the full benefit of cycling regularly.

Just look at what cycling can do for you: –

  • Healthier Heart – the most important muscle in your body will become stronger and healthier
  • Toning of muscles, including buttocks, hamstrings, thighs, stomach and upper body
  • Lose weight effectively and safely
  • Help s with your metabolism if you happen to have a very slow one
  • Reduce Stress – exercise is very good for stress relief and will help you to lead a healthier stable life

How Much Cycling Should You Do?

Sometimes this depends on your lifestyle, commitments and current fitness levels. If for example you have low fitness levels and want to build that up, you need to do this overtime and be patient, but stay motivated with cycling. Try plan a route that is not too hilly or too vigorous; most adult beginners should aim for 30 minutes – 1 hour per week.

If you are relatively fit and go to the gym fairly often, you should be able to start by doing 1.5 – 3 hours per week. Again do not exceed to begin with, as you can over do exercise and can in turn harm your health and/or your muscles. Your muscles will not be used to this type of exercise aMost people know that cycling is very good for your heart and your fitness levels. So, to what extent does cycling make you fitter and how much cycling should you do? Many people that cycle rarely or occasionally should perhaps think about ‘doing more’ as part of their new years resolution. Very few people do enough cycling and could quite easily fit a bit more into their weekly, monthly and yearly routines.

 What Extent Does Cycling Make You Fitter?

Cycling for some though is just not an option as some people simply do not like or want to try cycling, but regardless of individual motivation the fact remains that cycling does make you a lot fitter in many ways and builds your stamina to a very good level (if you are a regular cyclist). Many people that do not cycle often think that they can not do it as they expect results overnight and do not get to feel the full benefit of cycling regularly.

Just look at what cycling can do for you: –

  • Healthier Heart – the most important muscle in your body will become stronger and healthier
  • Toning of muscles, including buttocks, hamstrings, thighs, stomach and upper body
  • Lose weight effectively and safely
  • Help s with your metabolism if you happen to have a very slow one
  • Reduce Stress – exercise is very good for stress relief and will help you to lead a healthier stable life

How Much Cycling Should You Do?

Sometimes this depends on your lifestyle, commitments and current fitness levels. If for example you have low fitness levels and want to build that up, you need to do this overtime and be patient, but stay motivated with cycling. Try plan a route that is not too hilly or too vigorous; most adult beginners should aim for 30 minutes – 1 hour per week.

If you are relatively fit and go to the gym fairly often, you should be able to start by doing 1.5 – 3 hours per week. Again do not exceed to begin with, as you can over do exercise and can in turn harm your health and/or your muscles. Your muscles will not be used to this type of exercise and will not only hurt, but could do damage to different parts of your body.

Sometimes commitments such as family and work can hinder any exercise regime so a way around this would potentially be to get all the family on their bikes and out riding with you. Alternatively if you are not too far from your place of work how about commuting on your bike?

As the old saying goes “where there’s a will there’s a way” and if you have a genuine interest in getting fitter by cycling you will do it!nd will not only hurt, but could do damage to different parts of your body.

Sometimes commitments such as family and work can hinder any exercise regime so a way around this would potentially be to get all the family on their bikes and out riding with you. Alternatively if you are not too far from your place of work how about commuting on your bike?

As the old saying goes “where there’s a will there’s a way” and if you have a genuine interest in getting fitter by cycling you will do it!

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