Riding a bicycle can help you lose weight, increase mental focus and assist with injury recovery.Cycling has been proven to reduce stress and depression and relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Cycling is an effective and enjoyable form of aerobic exercise. It can reduce the risk of  heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. It can reduce your ‘real age’, lowering it more than a decade lower than your chronological age.Cycling burns the calories.

It can burn approximately 250-500 calories per hour depending on intensity.

One can cycle at a steady speed with no resistance or one can do HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) on the bicycle.

Exercising for 20 minutes at 35 to 55% of aerobic capacity, as in riding briskly, elevated metabolism for 20 minutes after stopping. That means that a 20 minute, brisk bike ride burns fat for 40 minutes.

Leg muscles used while cycling:
  • Quadraceps muscles (front of thighs)
  • Hamstrings (rear of thigh)
  • Calf muscles.
  • Hip flexors.
  • Gluteus Maximus (your butt!)
  • Plantarflexors of the foot.
  • Dorsiflexors of the foot.

Ensure you keep hydrated while cycling!

 

Article by Zinhle Masango