Category: Cycling

The perks of taking up cycling

1.Β It’sΒ easy on the joints.Β When you sit on a bike, you put your weight on a pair of bones in the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities, unlike walking, when you put your weight on your legs.Β πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒΒ “That makes it good for anyone with joint pain or age-related stiffness,”πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒ says Dr. Safran-Norton.Β βœ‹ πŸ€šβœ‹ πŸ€šβœ‹ 🀚

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2. Pushing pedals provides an aerobic workout.πŸ’“Β That’s great for yourΒ heart , brain, and blood vesselsπŸ’“. Aerobic exercise also triggers the release of endorphinsΒ πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰, the body’s feel-good chemicalsβ€”which may make you feel young at heart.Β πŸ‘ΆπŸ‘ΆπŸ‘Ά

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3. Cycling builds muscle.Β In the power phase of pedaling πŸš΄πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 🚴🏻 (the downstroke), you use the gluteus muscles in the buttocks, the quadriceps in the thighs,Β πŸš΄πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 🚴🏻 and the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calves πŸš΄πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 🚴🏻. In the recovery phase (backstroke, up-stroke, and overstroke), you use the hamstrings in the back of the thighs and the flexor muscles in the front of the hips.Β πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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Cycling works other muscles, too. πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‹πŸ»Β You use abdominal muscles to balance and stay upright, and you use your arm and shoulder muscles to hold the handlebars and steer.Β πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‹πŸ»

4. It helps with everyday activities.Β πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ”The benefits carry over to balance, walking, standing, endurance, and stair climbing,” πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈsays Dr. Safran-Norton.Β πŸ‘Β πŸ‘Β πŸ‘

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5. Pedaling builds bone.Β πŸ–πŸ–πŸ–“Resistance activities, such as pushing pedals, pull on the muscles, and then the muscles pull on the bone, which increases bone density,”πŸ–πŸ–πŸ– says Dr. Safran-Norton.Β πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

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