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Benefits Of Cycling Exercise

Updated on October 22, 2011

There are many components that constitute a happy and a healthy life, one such component is physical exercise.

Many doctors and physicians claim that exercise plays a vital role in keeping the mind and body functioning normally as it burns down the excess fat (which hiders the path of flowing blood in our body causing multiple diseases) and allows a proper circulation of blood.

It keeps our body in shape and allows the proper functioning of various processes of our body and keeps the homeostasis of our body maintained and balanced.

There are various forms of physical exercise, in fact any work done by our body with an extra force and which burns up the calories is included in physical exercise. One such activity is cycling.

Cycling is a physical activity which involves the riding of a bicycle, this riding of bicycle has proven to be probably the best form of physical exercise.

And the best thing is that it is very easy as most know how to ride a bicycle and enjoying doing so as well.

All it requires is a plain bicycle and its riding here and there for an hour.

Many physicians encourage their patients to even ride their way on a bicycle to work and to use a bicycle instead of other means of transport to travel small distances.

The reason is that this activity has more health benefits than any other physical activity.

Given below are some of the benefits of cycling and reasons why it is a perfect activity for muscle toning:

Burning Of Calories

Like every physical activity, cycling burns up the calories. Calories are small units of energy that are required by our body to function, hence they are important to live.

However they are needed in a limited quantity and if consumed more than the requirement they are stored in our body as excess fat and can be dangerous. Cycling is an excellent way to burn up the excess stored calories of our body.

It has been observed that an hour of cycling even at the speed of 12-13 mph can burn up 544 calories in our body. If the speed is increased to lets say 16 mph, over 800 calories can be burned in an hour!

The Effect On Cardiovascular System And The Circulation Of Blood

It is a natural phenomenon that when human body does excess work the heart starts to beat at a fast rate in order to provide oxygenated blood at a sudden rush to the exercised muscles.

After cycling which takes up a large amount of work within an hour and burns down a large amount of excess fat, the heart beats at a very high rate this increases the dilation of cardiovascular muscles and also enhances the blood flow in the body.

Hence cycling daily will increase the rate of blood flow with your muscles getting an ample supply of oxygenated blood which will allow them to function more efficiently. It has been observed that cycling daily reduces the chance of a heart attack or any cardiac disease by 50-60%.

Building Up Of Strength And Stamina

Cycling daily will build up your stamina and increase the strength of your entire body. An inactive person gets tired easily and even a small work appears as huge a task to him.

He becomes tired and breathless even after a small activity. That is because he doesn’t have the stamina to work hard. Cycling daily will increase your stamina to a great extent. It also increases the strength of your body.

Once you start cycling regularly you will, after some time feel much stronger and healthier and far more active than you were before.

Building Up Of Muscles

Cycling mainly uses up the muscles of legs. During cycling the muscles of legs which involve: quadriceps, the gluteus maximus, the calf muscles and hamstrings are in constant action. Cycle builds up these muscles and makes them more active and stronger.

The above given are just few, cycling also has many other great advantages such as reduction of stress, body coordination etc. Cycling is a wonderful activity and everyone should make this a habit in order to lead a healthy and a stress free life.


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      Capt C.Vijaya Bhaskar 6 years ago

      I came to know many things by seeing this article. Thanks.

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      ravi 6 years ago


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      g Hari Prasad Goud 6 years ago

      I love cycling, I can't go a day without doing at least a 10km ride!

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      swetha 6 years ago

      Good article

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      ILoveCycling 7 years ago from Australia

      I love cycling, I can't go a day without doing at least a 10km ride!

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      hassam 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks! :) will check it out!

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      Susan Miles 7 years ago

      Great article. It's very informative and well written. I started cycling four months ago and have found it to be a perfect way to get in shape. And, I just finished an article called "The Lesser Known Benefits of Bicycle Riding"-check it out.

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      hassam 7 years ago from Pakistan

      My pleasure! :)

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      joe w bennett 7 years ago from Clinton, MS, US of A

      As you say, cycling is one of the very best aerobic exercises, and a great alternative to running for those whose knees can't take the pounding. And for me at least, cycling has the added benefit of making me feel younger. When I ride my bike it always brings bring back wonderful memories of my childhood and the years just seem to fall away. Wonder if anyone else has experienced this? Good article, thanks.

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      katrinasui 7 years ago

      Great Article. Keep up the good work.

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      hassam 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thank You! :)

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Good article. Keep it up my dear friend with similar articles. Thanks.