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You Can Cruise Your Way to Better Health

By Tom Herrin

When people look for something to do to improve their health, they often exhaust the list looking.  There are countless kinds of classes, shows, and articles that are available to help with this.  Some are great but may not be just what some people need.  Some want that heavy duty challenge just to see how they can survive it.  Others realize that they may be way past that and simply want something that can make moderate improvements without that high-intensity workout that leaves some people behind in the dust.  That can be a miserable feeling of failure.  A good alternative for many is riding a bicycle. 

It Can Build Endurance

Most people want to strengthen their heart.  It is a pretty basic goal.  Anytime they can involve themselves in an exercise that can continually use oxygen without overexertion, it can do a pretty good job of building endurance.  This not only strengthens the heart but also improves the elasticity of the veins and arteries.  This generally helps to lower blood pressure.  The better the heart and circulatory system works, the better the ability to supply oxygen to the cells.  Efficient use of oxygen is a great result of endurance exercises.

It Is Low Impact

As people age, the term low impact has a pretty nice ring to it.  Simply put, it means that there is little or no pounding on the joints, such as happens with jogging or heavier activities.  This saves the wear and tear, increasing the life of those joints.  Low impact exercise can still strengthen muscles and increase bone density without the risk of damage.  Better muscle strength may also provide better balance and control.   It is perfect for aging gracefully, making it a great addition to any exercise program.

It Is Not Just For Kids

Riding a bicycle can serve a lot of useful purposes.  Not only does it provide good quality exercise, but it is generally very affordable.  No special skills are required because most people have attained the ability to ride during their childhood.  All they have to do is get back on the bike and it generally comes back to them.  Depending on where they live, it can also be cheap transportation.  They can use a bike to perform a lot of small errands.  If you haven’t ridden one in a while, go for a cruise.  It feels pretty good and can improve your health.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Reno, Nev.

 

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