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Five Important Benefits of Bike Riding for Your Health

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cycling is fun Five Important Benefits of Bike Riding for Your HealthDo you remember the fun of bike riding as a child?  We thought of it as fun and never considered the exercise benefit of riding for hours with our friends.  Today, men who do not include bike riding as part of their exercise regimen are missing out on a great form of low impact aerobic and cardiovascular exercise.

In this article you will learn the five important health benefits of bike riding, the three most common types of bicycle available today, and which one is best for you.

Health Benefits of Bicycle Riding

Bike riding has many obvious health benefits, but also some you may not have considered.  Adults begin bike riding  to get some exercise and hopefully lose a few pounds.  Unlike an aerobic exercise classes at the gym which is designed to increase the heart rate, a bike riding regimen can be developed for men with heart disease who should avoid strenuous exercise  up to men in excellent health who can handle a strenuous exercise regimen.

  • Bike riding is a good form of low-impact aerobic exercise.   Aerobic exercise is any form of exercise that provides a steady increase of oxygen into the blood stream.
  • Bike riding is an important cardiovascular exercise. For people with heart disease, or who are recovering from heart surgery, people can do casual bike riding that does not put strain in the heart. For people who need to strengthen the heart muscle
  • Easy on the joints, leg and arm muscles.  Bike riding is less strenuous on joints, leg and arm muscles, as compared to running, weight lifting, or aerobic exercises at a gym.
  • Can reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  Studies have shown that exercise increases endorphins in the brain and stimulates the production of norepinephrine, which is known to improve mood and reduces the build up of adrenaline and cortisol, which can reduce or eliminate stress and anxiety.
  • Reduces blood pressure.

In addition to the health benefits bike riding offers, if you are able to ride your bike to work you will reduce wear and tear on your car, significantly reduce your monthly car fuel expense, and some employers reimburse employees who use alternative forms of transportation to work.

Continue reading about the most common types of bicycles…

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  • http://www.fitnessenhancement.com/ Kelly Anderson

    Cycling is one of my hobby and I could tell that it is really a good way to exercise.

  • http://www.cat-lovers-only.com Kurt Schmitt

    I’ve been using a bike to get low impact exercise and do interval training. Bicycling this way has dramatically lowered my resting heart rate.

  • http://www.losethattyre.co.uk Mark

    When I do do it, I love bike riding gives me a sense of freedom just riding along.

    • http://www.menshealthcures.com Ken

      Hi Mark, I agree 100%. The freedom and enjoyment of biking, whether road riding, trail riding or even challenging your body climbing hills is like none other.

      • http://www.webtistic.co.uk alex

        Sigh, I really want to get out and do some trails now, I wish the weather would hurry up and get nice (im in the UK, and yes, I’m a bit wussy about bad weather).

        There is nothing better than cycling in the country side during the summer when the weather is nice. The freedom is awesome.

  • http://www.lavenderuses.com Patricia@lavenderuses

    Coming from a nation that has just won most of the gold medals in cycling at our Commonwealth Games; cycling is something that is big here in Oz. I am planning to start again in the warmer months and it’s such a great way to get and stay fit.
    Patricia Perth Australia

    • http://www.jarretmorrow.com Jarret Morrow

      Hey Patricia, I used to compete competitively in cycling at the junior national / international level many years ago (in Canada). My provincial team coach was recruited and became one of Australia’s National Cycling Team coaches. It sounds like the Aussies invest far more in their athletes that we do here in Canada.

      • http://www.lavenderuses.com Patricia@lavenderuses

        You’re right Jarret. Sport is right up there with us Aussies and we seem to punch way above our weight on the international scene. A lot of our athletes have to live overseas while they are competing as we are so far from Europe/USA where a lot of the money is made. Canada took plenty of medals in the diving where we thought we would shine. Just as well we did well in the swimming and cycling as big expectations before the
        Games for us to medal well.You must have been very fit as I see some of the cyclists who compete riding near where I live and they train for hours!
        Patricia Perth Australia