Ride hard for these reasons
The top ten super health benefits of cycling.
- It increases testosterone levels by 200%. More testosterone release, more muscle building / toning, more fat loss, better well being.
- Improved cardiovascular fitness, as well as a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease.
- You burn a lot of calories while biking, especially when you cycle faster than a leisurely pace. And cycling has the added benefit of ramping up your metabolism, even after the ride is over.
- A great way to increase your longevity, as cycling regularly has been associated with a longer life span
- Cycling is good for your coordination: Moving both feet around in circles while steering with both your hands and your body’s own weight is good practice for your coordination skills.
- Riding a bike has been linked to improve mental health and well being, through the release of numerous good endorphins.
- Overall muscle building, most of the body’s muscles are activated. The leg muscles are responsible for the pedalling movement; the abdomen and back muscles stabilise the body on the cycle and cushion external influences; and the shoulder-arm muscular system supports the body at the handlebars. All this trains and tightens up the muscular system, making it stronger and able to function efficiently.
- The skeletal system This is the body’s supporting framework, held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Exercise and the accompanying strain on the skeletal system strengthens it and increases mobility. Cycling has a positive effect on bone density and strength.
- Don’t just be top heavy. Theres a reason Sir Chris Hoy is named the beast. Sprint cycling at any point you can, off lights, at breaks and pushing your legs muscles hard till burn, increases muscle fibre density and strength by huge amounts. Forget the squat rack. You’ll be walking through walls.
- Aerobic threshold: Take on big hills. We all have an aerobic threshold. If you cross it you can’t breath and will have to stop the bike and recover. Every time you push yourself to climb farther your aerobic threshold increases. This means you have more wind in your lungs, and are more capable for anything requiring strenuous activity.