Bike Riding Benefits
By Sara Butler
Exercise is essential for good health. It is important to everyone as they age and will improve sleep quality, support a healthy immune system, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. While there are many ways to incorporate movement and exercise into your day, biking is a great way to get healthy and get moving – all while actually getting somewhere! Here are the health benefits of riding your bike.
Exercise is known to increase brain power and stave off diseases that can impact the brain as you age, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Biking is also great for children since it can help them to control symptoms of issues such as attention deficit disorder. It helps kids to gain focus.
Patients with pain such as lower back, knee, or hip pain can actually improve the condition through biking. In studies in which patients with knee pain took to biking, patients improved their conditions and recovered from injury faster.
Improved heart health
Biking is great for your heart. In studies in which researchers followed subjects who were active daily, it was found over time that people who rode bikes were less likely to develop high blood pressure, which is a precursor to heart disease. With heart disease as the number one killer of Americans, that is a significant finding!
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall health and wellness. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that biking is one of the best ways to burn fat and maintain a healthy weight. When you combine biking with a sensible diet, then you are on the road to a healthy and long life at a healthy weight!
Be kind to the joints
One of the best things about biking is how gentle it is on your joints. When you get on a bike, most of the pressure is put on the pelvic bones. That makes biking great for anyone who suffers from joint pain or stiffness.
As you age, you lose bone mass. Resistance activities such biking helps to build muscle. That muscle pulls on the bones and then increases their density as a result. So, that makes resistance activities such as biking incredibly important to bone strength as you age so that you don’t suffer from the bone loss that can impact your health.
So, get out your bike and dust it off to improve your health! Just don't forget to protect your head with a helmet.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greenwood Village, Colo.