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The Health Benefits of Cycling

The benefits of cycling are simple and numerous. If you don’t like spending long dull sessions in the gym to keep fit or boring low calorie diets aren’t your thing, cycling is a simple but enjoyable way to maintain fitness and health. The joy of cycling is in how easy it is to participate and the flexibility of how and when you do it. The joy of travelling with a mountain bike through a forest is definitely more exciting that a jog around the block. The forms of cycling and variety of bikes is vast from leisurely country roads, to high speed racing bikes. There is a strong sporting element to bicycles and bicycle clubs can be found almost everywhere, they will have a variety of activities from simple cycling tours to organizing races between racing bike enthusiasts.

Men cycling
Men cycling

Cycling burns calories, builds muscle, improves stamina. It increases strength, cardio vascular health and co-ordination. All these benefits and it is an extremely simple hobby to start, you just need the right bike equipment. You can even work cycling into your daily routine by cycling to work or if thats not an option, how about cycling to your local shop to pick up the milk or the morning paper. Cycling is not only great for your physical health but also your mental well being. The simple pleasure of cycling on a sunny day, wind blowing through you and enjoying the scenary is a great stress reliever, not to mention if you commute with your bicycle you can weave around traffic, no more sitting in traffic is also a huge stress reliever.

The sheer enjoyment that cycling offers and the health benefits that come with it make it a perfect addition to any health programme. If you are taking up cycling after years away from it, do consult your doctor first. Also make sure to select appropriate bike equipment, safety should be a priority for everyone involved. Don’t forget to wear your helmet.


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