When it comes to cardiovascular exercise, running seems the obvious choice that most individuals opt for. Although this suits many in that it requires little equipment, can be performed anywhere and doesn’t involve an expensive gym membership, there are other cardiovascular options available that can be just as rewarding. One of those alternative options is cycling.
Cycling is relatively underrated as both a sport and cardiovascular exercise and doesn’t appear to receive a great deal of publicity – even though it can produce some phenomenal health and fitness related benefits. This article aims to explore the potential within cycling.
Bear in mind that you don’t have to be Lance Armstrong to justify getting onto a bike. It might be that you want to achieve greater cardiovascular levels through exercise or you might just be looking to bring about a subtle change in your current lifestyle. Previous research has identified significant health enhancements over a monitored period of time between those that utilised a bike to commute to work against those that remained with their vehicles. This is just one example of how you can incorporate cycling into your daily routine.
Collective research has demonstrated the significant gains as a result of cycling to include the following: overall improved aerobic fitness levels, an enhanced cardiovascular system during sub maximal workouts and lowered heart rate and blood pressure to name but a few. Cholesterol levels are also reduced and significant alterations in body mass index recorded. Any of these health and fitness benefits sound appealing to you thus far?
Before you make your final decision, there’s more! Listed below are just some of the reported advantages of cycling that you might not have previously known or considered:
Cycling really can be considered a holistic exercise method, producing numerous effects both physically, mentally and socially. Whether you’re looking for a hobby or an extreme workout, cycling fits the bill and can be manipulated accordingly to provide you with nearly all of your required health and fitness benefits.
So why not hang up your running shoes, or at least temporarily retired them and give cycling a go instead.