Advantages Of Cycling Exercise

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on February 21, 2012

A cycling exercise plan is a combination of fun and fitness.

Advantages: A cycling exercise routine has many advantages as compared to other exercises. Regular cycling exercise increases cardio-vascular fitness and lowers the risk of strokes or heart attacks. It helps you prevent or manage many health disorders such as arthritis, coronary diseases and obesity.


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Cycling weight loss has been proved in regular cyclists. It is a good aerobics exercise, helping in greater intake of oxygen, while at the same time, helping the heart to pump faster and more efficiently. Cycling is a low impact exercise.

It helps to improve muscle tone, without causing pounding, injury or stress on the ankle or knee joints (which sometimes happens in jogging or fast walking).

A cycling exercise is low cost, and can be done at any time of the year, anywhere and at your own leisure. If you use the cycle as a mode of travel (whether to go to work, school or to perform errands), you not only get cycle exercise, you save on fuel and time, and are also able to enjoy the outdoors. It also gives you a sense of control, and reduces your risk of air pollution that is the major culprit in causing bronchitis and asthma.

How much? Even if you cycle 45 minutes for 6 days in the week, you will notice a considerable increase in fitness levels. Cycling for 2 hours every day will certainly give you powerful legs and help in weight loss.

Caution: If you are a beginner or suffer from any heart or muscle problems, it is advisable to consult your doctor before starting a cycle exercise program. As with any new exercise regime, it is always better to start slowly and for short distances, until you build up enough stamina and strength. If balancing is a problem, or if you are unable to cope with heavy traffic, you could even opt for doing your cycling exercise on a stationery bike in the comforts of your home or gym.

Other exercises: Doing a few cycling workouts along with your regular cycling, will add to muscle tone and fitness. Cycling exercises certain muscles but neglects others. Exercising those will increase your flexibility, your powers of endurance and your strength to pedal faster and for longer intervals. Also do a few stretches to warm up, before setting out for your cycling exercise. Do a few stretches to cool down after you return from your cycling trip. This will prevent any cramps or pains in the calves and buttocks.

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