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Cycling for Exercise and Fun!

By Donna Stark

Is exercise starting to feel like a drag to you? Do you wish your workouts were more fun than they actually are? If you want to stay healthy and fit, but also want to have fun in the process, cycling may be a great option to look into! After all, you loved it as a kid, right? It's just too bad you didn't realize how many amazing benefits you were getting back then, but fortunately, you do now! Take a look at a few of them below and then get ready to hit the roads.

Weight Loss and Maintenance

If you are trying to lose weight and aren't comfortable while running, grab your bike! Cycling helps to increase metabolism and build muscle which will help you burn those lingering calories and fat. Cycling also isn't as uncomfortable as running because it's low-impact and joint-friendly. Perfect for those sunny afternoons!

Cardiovascular Health

How often do the physical trainers at the gym encourage you to get your heart rate up? If it's a lot, let them know you have decided to go cycling more. Riding your bike is one of the best cardiovascular workouts you can do. It will get your blood flowing, your heart pumping, and your body sweating in no time.

Leg Strength

There is no better way to increase the strength of your legs than to give them a complete workout on their own, and the best activity to do that is cycling. Riding a bike works out your calves, hamstrings, glutes, and quads. It can also work out some of the other leg muscles you didn't even realize you had too!

Balance and Posture

As a result of riding your bike regularly, you may notice your balance and posture improving before your very eyes. And that's a good thing because better balance and posture means the risk of future accidental falls, injuries, and joint degeneration will decrease.

Stress and Moods

The great thing about riding your bike is that it does more than just improve your physical health. Getting outside and letting the sun hit your face will reduce stress, lighten your mood, and lift your spirits. You simply can't go wrong with sunlight, fresh air, and exercise.

Staying Healthy on a Bike

Now that you are refreshed on some of the benefits you can get from daily cycling, are you anxious to get on the roads? Well, don't rush out just yet! Make sure you are wearing reflective clothing and a helmet, be sure to carry some water, and let someone know where you are headed. Safety must always be a top priority when you hop on your bike!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Franklin, Tenn.

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