Cycling is one of the healthiest endurance sports ever and is the perfect cardiovascular workout.
Firm in the saddle - why cycling keeps us fit
If you pedal hard three or four times a week for around 30 minutes, you can extend your life in health by a good ten years.
- When cycling, the saddle absorbs about 75 percent of body weight. As a result, the joints are not burdened on the legs.
- Riding a bike increases fitness
Cycling is therefore also a good alternative to jogging. Especially in the fight against obesity and the disagreeable bacon rolls cycling has a beneficial effect.
An 75 kilogram human being burns 720 kilocalories at medium speed only one hour later. This is far more than just a chocolate bar.
Cycling in osteoarthritis and knee joint problems?
Many people fear that cycling could put additional strain on the affected articular cartilage. But orthopedists give the all-clear: The opposite is the case, since the uniform knee movement improves the transport of nutrients to the cartilage. Also, the capsule and meniscus benefit from it.
Even those who suffer from varicose veins do not have to do without cycling. The venous blood is driven through the even footwork in the leg veins, much like a pump to the heart. This often works better than any medication.
Important for people with back problems: always pay attention to a straight posture and prefer the Dutch bike a racing car.
When does the fitness effect occur during cycling?
For a noticeable fitness effect, you should cycle at least two hours a week. The workload should increase steadily. To strengthen the condition, it is sufficient to pedal at mid-range, without getting out of breath.
If the pace is in the foreground, a so-called interval training is recommended. Here a tight and relaxed speed alternate every five minutes. If necessary, small breaks can be inserted.
Who drives long distances at medium speed, boosts the fat burning. Thus, cycling is the ideal sport to lose weight. It automatically provides the daily portion of oxygen and can be easily integrated into everyday life. Even the way to work and shopping can be covered independently of training by bike.
By the way: Such a cycle training brings the sex hormones neatly on trot. There are rumors that cyclists are better lovers. However, there is no scientific proof for this. So it's up to each one to find out.