Do you remember the fun of bike riding as a child?Â We thought of it as fun and never considered the exercise benefit of riding for hours with our friends.Â 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.Â Adults begin bike ridingÂ to get some exercise and hopefully lose a few pounds.Â 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 exerciseÂ up to men in excellent health who can handle a strenuous exercise regimen.
- Bike riding is a good form of low-impact aerobic exercise. Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.
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