The hidden benefits of cycling

Available in : Vietnamese

 

July 2. 2021

 

To be fit and healthy, you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes, and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly during the Covid-19 pandemic is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Indeed, even a modest amount of cycling boosts immunity. In general, the fitter you are, the stronger your immune system is. Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults, and it has other benefits, too: it’s also fun, cheap, and good for the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike running, cycling limits micro-trauma to the ankles, knees, and back and is also an endurance sport that mainly develops the abdominals and lower limbs, which are responsible for extending and flexing the thighs.

 

 

 

Cycling provides cardiac training that allows the heart to beat more slowly while at rest. Pedaling improves respiratory function and lung volume for a deeper, more efficient breath and helps to better manage daily stress not to mention the shot of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin that we will secrete naturally. And it doesn’t stop there! In the longer term, other positive aspects have been demonstrated. According to experts, to maintain balance on the bike the body constantly adjusts its position thanks to the information provided simultaneously by the eyes, the inner ear, skin, tendons, muscles, and brain. If one of the parameters of this complex system of stimulation, analysis, and correction is lacking, the balance will no longer be optimally assured. Instability and dizziness may then appear. Therefore, it’s a full-body sensory workout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, with aging, each of these can be affected, and this explains the increase in postural disturbances. But to achieve all these benefits, certain precautions must be taken into account. The bike must be correctly adjusted according to the user’s body type, including the height and setback of the saddle, and the height of the fork must also match the alignment of the spine to avoid any tension along the spinal axis. In other words, no broken neck, no rounded back. And finally, don’t forget a good stretch; even if it’s brief, you’ll thank yourself later. So hop on your bike and discover an activity for a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

Available in : Vietnamese

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