A way of regenerating health

The present generation, across all sections of society and ages are leading a life with less physical activity. This is due to improved living conditions, means of transport, nature of jobs and passive activities like watching TV, etc. This sedentary lifestyle’s main characteristics include less mobility, lesser physical activity and remaining indoors. A range of chronic health issues are related to it. Recent studies are indicating that inactivity is responsible for more annual deaths than smoking. Various studies recommend at least a minimum of daily 30 minutes of outdoor physical activity by an adult person. Cycling is a healthy option. As road conditions have improved in both cities and villages, cycling can be done easily.

Health Benefits of Cycling

Cycling is an immediate solution to engage the body in a less straining but adequate physical activity. It causes increased blood circulation and burns calories at a faster rate. Riding an exercise bike, 30 minutes a day, five days a week would have significant improvement in health benefits. Cycling raises your heart rate and gets the blood pumping around your body. It burns calories, limiting the chance of your being overweight. Regular cycling has reduced the risk of developing major illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

Cycling is low impact i.e. is not weight-bearing. There are fewer chances of injury to joints as seen among walkers. To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes, and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

The health benefits of regular cycling include increased cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength and flexibility and improved joint mobility. It decreases your stress levels, improves posture and coordination, strengthens bones, decreases body fat levels, prevents disease and reduces anxiety and depression. Cycling is a good way to control or reduce weight. Since it raises your metabolic rate, builds muscle and burns body fat. If you’re trying to lose weight, cycling must be combined with a healthy eating plan.

Why should one cycle?

Regular cycling can help to protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Regular cycling is healthy, fun and a low-impact form of exercise for all ages and fits in your daily routine for school, work, shopping etc. A list of other exercises which can improve your overall body health by toning of muscles is given can be found here.

– Dr Ishwara Keerthi C