In order to be healthy, you need regular physical exercise. Exercising regularly can help you prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, obesity, arthritis, diabetes and mental illness. One of the best ways in which you can exercise is by riding your bicycle. Riding bicycles as a form of regular exercise helps reduce your risk of having health problems linked with a sedentary lifestyle.
Cycling is a low-impact and healthy exercise that does not discriminate on the basis of age. Everyone can ride a bicycle. In addition, it is cheap, fun and environmentally friendly. Read on to find out hoe cycling affects your body.
Strong muscles and endurance
Missing out on any form of physical activity can reduce the strength of your muscles to up to 50%. This is according to the Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation. Cycling activates the muscles of your body because as you peddle, your hamstrings, quadriceps, butt, calf and shin muscles are all put to use. While your arm muscles and shoulder support you at the handlebars, your back muscle and abdomen offers stability to your body. A faster peddling and climbing means stronger muscles and greater endurance.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try cycling early in the morning that allows you to catch a nap before heading out. You will enjoy the best sleep. Cycling helps reduce the amount of time you take to fall asleep at night. It is recommended that people suffering from sleep disorders such as insomnia take at least 20 to 30 minutes a day cycling so that they reduce the amount of time it takes for them to fall asleep during bedtime. Cycling also increases sleep time by almost an hour.
Cycling not only protects your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays of the sun, it also reduces the signs of ageing of your skin. This is according to scientists at Stanford University.
Furthermore, cycling is known to increase blood circulation in the body lading to a more efficient delivery of nutrients and oxygen in the skin cells, while getting rid of the harmful toxins at the same time. Exercise also optimizes collagen production in your body by creating an ideal environment within your body. Optimum production of collagen helps in speeding up the healing process and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Do not forget to wear your sunscreen as you head out, though.
Despite its many benefits, cycling also has its side effects and one of them is erectile dysfunction. This can happen to men who cycle a lot like the cyclists competing in various competitions. This is because arteries and veins going to the penis get compressed and the individual end up finding it hard to maintain erection during sexual intercourse, a condition known as erectile dysfunction.