5 Reasons to Start Cycling
1. It helps you to discover new places. When you cycle your eyes see the path to places you miss while driving or walking. The adventurous soul within is more likely to dominate on a bicycle and have you venture places you never knew existed amidst places you know very well.
2. It's easier on the joints than most exercise. While on a bicycle, you put your weight on a pair of bones in the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities, unlike running or walking where you put your weight on your legs.
3. It's a great source of aerobic workout. Aerobic exercise is great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels. The release of endorphins are also triggered, which makes the body experience feel good chemicals.
4. Cycling builds muscle. In the downstroke (power) phase of pedaling, you use the gluteus muscles in the buttocks, the quadriceps in the thighs, and the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calves. In the other phases, you use the hamstrings in the back of the thighs and the flexor muscles in the front of the hips. Cycling also uses abdominal muscles to balance and stay upright.
5. It helps with everyday activities. Cycling is a resistance activity mostly because of the pushing of the pedals. This increases bone density. The overall benefits of cycling enhances the ability to balance, walk, stand, climb and general endurance.