Biking for Your Health
By Sara Butler
Even if you don’t aspire to compete in the Tour de France, you shouldn’t think that the biking you do isn’t good for you. Regular exercise is one of the keys to good health and continued wellness, which is why the chiropractors at The Joint are big fans of cycling! Here are some of the key health benefits that taking a spin around your neighborhood on your bike or crushing that trail on your mountain bike has for you!
Why Biking is So Great
If you take just two to four hours per week to ride your bike, then you’re taking strides toward better health! Biking is great because it is:
- Low impact - There is less strain put on the body in biking than with other forms of exercise
- Easy - It’s as easy as riding a bike
- Great for muscles - Biking uses all your major muscle groups
- Great for stamina - Biking increases your aerobic fitness and stamina
- As intense as you need - Biking can be really difficult or really easy, it’s up to you and how much you want to challenge yourself
- Fun - It’s an adventure to get out on your bike and go
The Health Benefits
Cycling provides a great aerobic activity, meaning that it gives your heart, lungs, and blood vessels a good workout. It allows you to breathe deeper, increase your body temperature, and get a good sweat on! All of those things work together to improve your fitness level.
Some of the biggest health benefits of biking include:
- Improve mobility of the joints
- Reduction of stress
- Increase in cardiovascular fitness
- Increase in flexibility and strength
- Improved posture
- Improved coordination
- Reduction of body fat
- Reduction in depression and anxiety
A Few Safety Tips
Enjoy going out on your bike, but make sure you’re doing it safely. Always wear a helmet to protect your head. If you’re not a serious and seriously trained cycler, don’t use clips to keep your feet in place when you’re pedaling -- that can cause serious injury and make falls worse.
Make sure you stick to bike paths. Riding on the street isn’t the safest thing to do unless you’re using your bike to get somewhere specific. If you’re out just to enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise, bike paths are the way to go.
Biking is fun and keeps you active, so give it a try for your health!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wayne, N.J.