Despite the wide development of the motor park (cars, motorcycles, scooters), the bicycle is still a popular vehicle to this day. It does not need regular refueling, does not pollute the environment with exhaust gases. The only thing required to ride it is the application of human muscular strength. Unfortunately, in most cases, urban residents are sedentary. Often their main movement is associated only with a trip to work and back. This lifestyle has a negative effect on the whole body. One of the ways to keep your body in good shape is regular cycling.
You have probably noticed that after a bike ride, you feel much better, and the charge of good mood and vivacity lasts for a long time. In addition, thanks to the bike, our muscles feel much better.
Benefits of cycling
But, as we know, when riding incorrectly and excessively, or because of an ill-fitting two-wheeled friend, a person experiences discomfort when riding, or in the worst case, aggravates joint problems.
That is why in this article we will try to understand what are the benefits and harms of a bicycle (exercise bike) for the human body. Perhaps, let’s start with the benefit.
Nervous system. When cycling slowly, especially outside the city, a person calms down, admires the picturesque beauties of nature and disconnects from everyday worries. This has a very positive effect on his nervous system.
Cardiovascular system. While riding a bicycle (exercise bike), blood vessels are strengthened and the heart muscle is trained. Scientists have also proven that when exercising on a simulator or cycling, a person’s risk of myocardial infarction is significantly reduced. In addition, doctors recommend regular cycling for people who suffer from varicose veins.
Muscle work while cycling
Respiratory system. During outdoor cycling, a person improves lung ventilation, reduces the risk of respiratory diseases, and also trains the entire respiratory system.
The musculoskeletal system. Interestingly, while riding, the cyclist uses almost all the muscles of the body at the same time, but the main load falls on the legs, back, buttocks and abs. At the same time, the metabolism in the body improves significantly.
That is why the bicycle is considered the most pleasant and effective way to lose weight, because in this way our body burns a lot of calories. As a result, the legs become slimmer, and the buttocks are noticeably strengthened and tightened.
Vision. Strange as it may seem, while cycling, among other things, our eyes are also trained, as we constantly have to focus our eyes on the road and various obstacles. Due to this, the risk of a disease such as myopia is significantly reduced.
But, despite all the benefits that cycling brings to the human body, unfortunately, in some cases, a two-wheeled friend can also cause harm.
Cycling can be dangerous
It is believed that prolonged and regular skiing can adversely affect the human reproductive system, but still such dysfunctions specifically from this type of transport are very rare today. Another negative point is the aggravation of diseases of the spine and knee joints. When riding, they are heavily loaded, so if you have previously had problems with these parts of the body, then you should ride as carefully as possible.
Well, the main thing that a two-wheeled friend could harm you with is injuries. But if you treat your cycling responsibly and with care, then they can be avoided. Don’t forget to wear a helmet and gloves! This will help minimize the chance of injury in a fall.