3 Reasons to Take Up Cycling

Cycling is an activity that everyone should consider doing. There are numerous benefits that come along with cycling. Below are three of the many benefits that cycling offers:

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Weight loss

Obesity is a growing problem in the United Kingdom. In fact, it is estimated that if current trends continue, nearly one third of the population in the UK will be obese. Obesity has been linked to a number of health problems including: heart disease, cancer, gallbladder disease and diabetes.

Exercise is one of the keys to solving the obesity epidemic. Exercise helps expend calories. In order to lose weight, you will have to burn more calories than you consume. One pound is equal to 3500 calories. If you cycle for an hour at a speed of 12 MPH, you could very easily burn 700 calories. This means that if you cycle for five days out of the week, you could lose up to a pound without even changing your diet.

Additionally, if you have been having trouble losing weight in the lower half of your body, cycling can help you reach your goals. Cycling can help you burn fat and tone the muscles in your calves, thighs and obliques.

Healthier heart

When you cycle, you also work the muscles on the inside of your body. The heart is a muscle. Just like all other muscles, the heart needs exercise to keep it strong and healthy. Cycling can provide your heart with the exercise that it needs to stay healthy. Furthermore, cycling can also reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Heart disease is the top killer of both men and women in the United Kingdom.

There was a study done by the British Medical Association that involved 10,000 participants who cycled 20 miles per week. The results of the study were that the participants were half as likely to develop heart disease as those who did not cycle at all. Researchers also believe that cycling helps prevent heart disease by reducing stress. Chronic stress is strongly correlated with heart disease.

Helps increase your stamina

Stamina is defined as the ability to sustain prolonged mental or physical effort. Cycling can help you improve your stamina. One of the joys that comes along with cycling is the feeling that you get when you can go farther than you did last week.

You can potentially increase your lifespan if you improve your stamina.

Again, if you have never cycled before, you should definitely consider it. Weight loss, improved stamina and a healthier heart are just a few of the many benefits that can be reaped from cycling. However, it is important for you to make sure that you start off slowly so that you can gradually build up your speed and time.

Ben is a cycling enthusiast and owner of one of the biggest Melbourne bike shops. His passion for cycling began at an early age and he is in great physical condition thanks to his daily bike ride. Away from work, Ben enjoys fishing and family holidays.

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