What Cycling Does for Physical Fitness.
Why is cycling the most beautiful sport in the world?
Cycling is not only for ambitious athletes. Anyone who wants to do something for their fitness can integrate cycling as a perfect fitness training in their everyday life.
I make no secret of it myself: I love cycling. It is for me the most beautiful and best sport and the best way to spend my free time. No matter how strenuous my day was or how much stress I had to endure at work. After a nice training session on the bike, I am always fine. Physically and psychologically.
Mentally, it’s like therapy for me. On the bike, outside on the streets of this world, I feel unbridled, independent, casual. Nowhere else can I clear my head as well as on a bike. And where am I more closely connected with Mother Nature? I love to have the airstream on my face and feel the warmth of the sun on my skin. There is nothing nicer.
And what is another decisive argument for cycling as the best sport: physical fitness. There is probably no sport that is better for the human organism. People who regularly get on their bikes benefit greatly for themselves and their health.
Cycling – health benefits
Through repeated training, you automatically develop a better body feeling. You get to know yourself and your limits better and you automatically develop a better feeling for yourself. This mindfulness is then often reflected in the diet – all by itself. There are numerous studies in this field which confirm that cycling has complex preventive and therapeutic effects.
Cycling as an anti-ageing remedy
Most people spend their daily lives sitting down. In general, our way of life is designed in such a way that we move less and less. Be it for example by escalators, elevators or the car. Most diseases of civilization are the consequences of lack of exercise. Regular endurance training on the bike prevents this. Sport improves oxygen uptake and blood circulation in the organism, which prevents wrinkles, among other things.
Regulation of blood pressure through cycling
Too high a blood pressure is also a ubiquitous widespread disease. Hypertension is aggravated by a lack of exercise. Poor nutrition and stress in everyday life promote blood pressure in the negative sense.
When you ride a bicycle, you do your body twice as much good. Exercise trains the cardiovascular system and endurance sports have a regulatory effect on the vegetative nervous system and fitness in general. Cholesterol and blood fat levels are positively influenced, which reduces high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure.
In addition, the risk of a heart attack is considerably reduced. Regular training on the bike increases the cardiac output per minute, making it much more efficient and economical.
As described above, cycling reduces blood pressure. So the heart has to pump against a lower resistance. The stress hormone level is also positively influenced, which in turn relieves the heart.
Cycling for weight reduction
Who among us hasn’t tried to lose a few pesky kilos on a diet? But this is not really easy. When you eat less, your body switches to the low flame. A thankful effect of evolution. This is known to be quite good for famines. It has the effect that we do not starve immediately as soon as no food is available. The body says to itself: “Okay, I have less energy at my disposal, then I’ll just freeze a little to save energy”.
Cycling for weight reduction
In this day and age of abundance, however, this is no longer the case (at least not in Germany). And shoo, after losing two kilos, three are back on. Because the body is clever and says to itself after the diet, “Oh, now there is food again, I store the energy once as a precaution for the next famine”. Almost everyone now knows the famous yo-yo effect.
But we cannot avoid the principle of thermodynamics. In other words, if I eat more than I consume, I gain weight. If I consume more than I eat, I lose weight. Pretty simple case. So it makes sense to simply increase the overall energy turnover instead of reducing the energy supply. And that’s what cycling is ideal for. Even on a moderate, easy ride, 500 kilocalories are burned in an hour – that’s about the equivalent of a bar of chocolate.