A study published in the “Journal of the American Heart Association” showed that cyclists could reduce the risk of obesity and hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension.
Dallas, TX (Merxwire) – Bicycling is a beneficial exercise for the body and mind. It can not only increase blood flow through leg exercises but also strengthen capillaries and promote cardiovascular function. A study, “Bicycling to Work and Primordial Prevention of Cardiovascular Risk: A Cohort Study Among Swedish Men and Women,” was published in the “Journal of the American Heart Association”, confirming that bicycling makes the body healthier.
The study tracked 23,732 Swedish men and women with an average age of 43.5 years. These men and women underwent health checks from 1990 to 2011. The research team divided the subjects into bicycle commuting/non-bicycle commuting and calculated and compared their chances of obtaining obesity and hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension.
The research team found that people who commute by bicycle have a lower chance of getting obesity and hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension. This also verifies that more exercise is better for the body. If your work location is not far from home, you may also try to commute by bicycle to get your body moving and reduce the chance of obesity and related diseases.
Well, besides being beneficial to cardiovascular health, what are the benefits of bicycling? Merxwire has compiled the following information for you:
1. Improve cardiopulmonary function
Bicycling exercises the endurance exercise effect of internal organs is similar to swimming and running. It can exercise the muscle strength of the lower limbs, enhance the endurance of the whole body, and improve cardiopulmonary function.
2. Maintain the agility of the nervous system
When riding a bicycle, the eyes, limbs, and nervous system will be exercised, and it will benefit the joints and muscles of the lower limbs, knees, ankles, and promote the movement of the neck, back, arms, abdomen, waist, buttocks.
3. Prevent brain aging
According to related studies in sports medicine, the left and right feet need to alternately perform actions when riding a bicycle so that the left and right brain functions can develop in a balanced manner and prevent brain aging.
4. Reduce fat
If you want to reduce fat by bicycling, Aerobic exercise requires the best heart rate to burn the fat accumulated on your body. Therefore, every time you ride a bike must be at least 20 to 60 minutes to meet the requirements of exercise durability and intensity.
5. Train thinking skills
Riding a bicycle can keep your mind clear because you have to pay attention to the surrounding conditions. Studies have also shown that compared with sedentary people, people who exercise regularly have better concentration and memory.
Bicycling has many benefits but doesn’t over-exercise. It may bring you sports injuries. It is recommended to start training by riding a bicycle for 4 hours a week, take a break every 20 to 30 minutes, and adjust the speed and exercise time according to your physical condition. You can also consult a family doctor or fitness coach to create your exercise plan.