Cycling is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, skill levels, and body types. It’s also an inexpensive way to stay in shape or lose weight. And cycling may even help you live longer!
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What is Cycling?
Cycling is an activity that involves riding a bicycle. Bikes have two wheels and a frame, handlebars for steering, a seat, and pedals that you turn with your legs to drive the bike forward.
A person who rides a bike as transportation or as a hobby and exercises on one is called a cyclist.
A person can ride an upright or “sit up” style bicycle, which was the traditional way to ride the first time bicycles were invented in 1817. But now people also ride newer styles, such as recumbent bikes, tricycles, tandems, and even quadricycles sometimes referred to as adult-sized Big Wheels® that are built for 2 or 4 riders at once! People often use their bicycles for traveling short distances like going to work or school, running errands, and for recreation.
Benefits of Cycling as a Hobby
Here are some of the many benefits of cycling as a hobby:
Burn calories and stay fit
Cycling helps burn calories for those who want to shed pounds; it also provides cardiovascular conditioning and strengthens leg muscles.
It can improve fitness and endurance, which means cycling may help you do easier tasks without getting as tired like walking upstairs or carrying groceries. It can also make it easier to go for walks, hikes, and swims because the leg muscles are stronger.
Cycling provides a good workout without the impact of running or other high-impact sports so it’s an activity that most people can do for their entire lives. It helps strengthen muscles in the legs by working leg muscles like quads (used to power the pedals) and hamstrings (used to turn over the pedals).
Cycling also works back muscles that stabilize your spine while you are sitting on your bike seat.
Finally, cycling strengthens core muscles which are located in the trunk of the body – including ab (abdominal), back, buttock, pelvic floor muscle groups – as they work together to keep you balanced on your bicycle seat!
Protect the heart by helping to prevent obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Cycling also lowers the risk of stroke and some kinds of cancer such as colon cancer. It is one of the best forms of activity to maintain a healthy weight!
And cycling does not put a lot of stress on joints like running or other types of impact sports do. All these factors combined lead people with regular cycling exercise to lower their risk of early death from all causes – including cardiovascular disease by up to 40%.
It gives health benefits similar to walking, without the pounding on your joints that comes with running or jogging. Cycling is often more enjoyable than other forms of exercise because it’s low-impact and doesn’t leave you sweaty afterward. The equipment needed for cycling – bicycle, helmet, shoes -is inexpensive compared with the cost of a treadmill or exercise bike.
Some studies have found that cyclists live longer compared with noncyclists. One theory is that because cyclists breathe deeper they get more oxygen into their lungs. Another theory is that being out in the fresh air also improves health.
It also reduces everyday aches and pains by reducing the tension in muscles, which can help delay muscle soreness after a hard workout or long bike ride. Cycling is an easy way to maintain strong bones because it puts less stress on them than running or other impact sports do. And this makes cycling a great activity for older people who are trying to stay active but want to avoid road activities that may be too physically challenging.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Cycling is not only good for the body, but it’s also good for the mind . It can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory and enhance brain function. Cycling every day may even lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Cycling has been shown to release endorphins (chemicals in the body that make us feel happy), reduce tension and anxiety, and help people sleep better at night – all of which improves mood and help fight depression!
Taking time out for pleasure each day is also a great way to relieve the stress that we all face during our busy lives.
Cycling helps improve cognition (the brain’s ability to think, learn, reason, remember, understand, make good judgments). Cycling has been shown to improve memory in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. It also improves “executive function” – how well the brain is able to plan, organize, strategize, focus, and complete tasks.
Getting into cycling as a hobby might be just what you need to get motivated about exercise. Instead of walking on a treadmill, you’re riding through the park or the countryside with friends. You’ll never view your bike ride home from work in the same way again!