According to Dr. Clare Safran Norton, a physical therapist at Harvard, riding a bike is socially oriented, it’s fun, it gets you outside and exercising.
There are several health benefits of riding a bike; many of which are discussed in this article. If you don’t have a bike, I can assure you that you will need one by the time you finish reading this introduction.
In this article, you will learn about the main benefits and requirements that make this sport inevitable.
- physical benefits of riding a bike
- safety measures when riding a bike
- choosing the right bike
- biking accessories
Physical benefits of riding a bike
Bike riding transfers your entire body weight from your legs to your pelvis, called the Ischial Tuberosities, which is beneficial to people who suffer from joint pains or stiffness due to age.
When riding a bike, the action of pedaling creates an aerobic workout that benefits the entire body, such as the heart, brain, blood vessels and even releases the body chemical called Endorphin, which makes you feel energetic and enthusiastic about yourself.
Biking builds muscles in various parts of the body. When pedaling, the gluteus muscles in the buttocks area are fully active and so are the quadriceps in the thighs, the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calves.
Also, the hamstrings in the back of the thighs and the flexor muscles in the front of the hips are further developed into a strong and healthy framework of the body. In addition, other muscles that benefits from riding a bike are the abdominal, arm and shoulder muscles which adds to the development of a unique body stamina.
The physical benefits of riding a bike are transformed into your daily lives, whereby walking, standing, climbing stairs, body balance and endurance becomes much easier to do routinely.
Cycling requires a lot of pedaling, which spontaneously applies pressure on the muscles and subsequently on the bone, which as a result increase bone density.
Despite all the health benefits of riding a bike, every person should evaluate themselves with the assistance of a health professional before embarking on riding, especially those who are affected by heart disease, arthritis or thinning bones.
When riding, it is advisable to select the right seat hight, so that the knees are slightly bent and the proper body posture is achieved, instead of endangering yourself by falling off the bike.
In order to emphasize the importance of safety, please remember to always use a helmet when riding a bike because it is mandatory by law and for your safety.
Choosing the right bike
When it comes to choosing a bike, there is a vast range of selection to choose from, which includes the following,
- Road Bikes,
- Mountain Bikes
- Cruisers and Comfort
- Hybrids and Utility
- Three Wheelers
- Haro BMX Freestyle
- Industrial Bikes
- Custom Cruisers
However, it is very important to choose the right bike that will apply less pressure on your body. In order to sit upright on any bike, you will need to find one that has a high rise handlebar.
Also, a bike with a wide tire will allow for a smooth and comfortable ride, while a shock absorbing seat posts will provide the extra comfort required when riding.
Biking accessories- make riding safer and enjoyable
A contributing factor to a safer and enjoyable cycling experience is having the right accessories when riding a bike.
Cycling clothes are usually neon colored and are made with reflective material so that riders can easily be seen by drivers. The bike shorts are also made with a thick pad to prevent chafing and provide the cushioning for the immediate comfort of the cyclist.
The selected saddle of your bike should be one with extra padding and wide enough to support the bones of your buttocks. The chosen saddle must relieve pressure on the perineum which is the area between those bones. This is the genitals to be precise, which is very sensitive to nerves and arteries that support the lower
body. Any pressure in this area should be avoided to prevent numbness and tingling in the legs.
In addition, there are also shoes for bicycling, which are specially made for the safety and comfort of the rider.
Get your bike now– enjoy the health benefits of riding
Now you know that riding is not just for the fun of it but also provides a lot of health benefits only to be discovered.
Every home should be equipped with a suitable bike that can enhance the lives and well being of the entire home circle. At this point in time we have come to realize the joy and enormous benefits of owning a bike and getting involve with the sport that can change our lives.
Congratulations to all those who are actively involved in bicycle sports and a warm welcome to all prospective cyclist.