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Cycling Is Beneficial for Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Fitness, Legs and Mind

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By Thomas Togioka

Posted on September 29th, 2020 in Cardiology

cyclingCycling provides a low-impact workout that offers a wealth of benefits. It also varies in intensity, making it suitable for all fitness levels. It doesn't matter how old you are and what shape you’re in, you can cycle at your own pace.

The bike saddle holds 70 percent of your body weight, so the pressure on your joints is very low, too.

We are here to tell you that cycling is hands down the best option if you're someone who is considering cycling and weighing it up against other potential activities.

"There is plenty of evidence showing that physical activity and exercise can decrease the risk of developing cancer, but some studies have shown that cycling is specifically good for keeping your cells healthy and in good working order”, says Dr. Irving Sobel, an internal medicine specialist at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.

5 Reasons You Should Ride Your Bike

They say you never forget how to ride a bike because it gets stored within the procedural memory, so maybe it's time to climb aboard a two- or three-wheeler and enjoy the benefits of cycling. Whether you cycle as a mode of transport, for casual activity, or for elite competitions, cycling is a highly accessible sport that can boost your health in numerous ways, including:

  • It's easy on the joints
  • Provides an aerobic workout
  • Improves coordination/balance
  • Increases muscle strength and flexibility
  • Builds stamina by giving a sense of personal achievement

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to develop and change the way we work, educate and interact with our friends, family, and coworkers, getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity produces changes on the cellular level with antibodies and white blood cells that help your immune system keep viruses at bay.

On Doctor’s Orders: Bicycle Riding

Cycling is a low-impact sport, that's why it is recommended for knees. Cycling improves muscle metabolism, especially for the benefit of gluts, thighs, calves, plantar flexors, and dorsiflexors. However, you should get the green light from your doctor before you climb aboard a bike, especially if you have arthritis or bone-thinning disease. "If you're diagnosed with osteoporosis, consider riding a tricycle, which offers more stability and creates a sense of safeness compared to a two-wheeler, posing also less of a fall risk ", says Dr. Elyse Rubenstein, member of Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey’s Rheumatology Department.

Cycling can improve both physical and mental health and can reduce the chances of experiencing health problems such as:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Depression, stress, and anxiety