Go Cycling for Your Health and Fun

Cycling is my favorite exercise, especially after realizing its benefits for helping me to overcome my kidney stones problem. Somehow, cycling can be done for transport, recreation and sport. Riding a bike is enjoyed by people of all ages. Cycling is a great way to ‘escape’ from worries and stress. You can cycle at anytime, anywhere, on your own or with family and friends. All it takes is a roadworthy bike, a helmet, shoes, comfortable clothes and some pedal power.

The simplicity, cost-effectiveness and ease of use of the bicycle have contributed to its worldwide use and popularity.

Cycling for fun, fitness and competition

Cycling is a great way to exercise while also enjoying the environment around you.

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Cycling can also be a competitive sport. There are lots of clubs in cities across your country that provide the opportunity to compete at club, local, state and national levels. Cycle racing in western countries is held all year round with a winter and a summer season. You can choose from a range of disciplines such as track and road, through to BMX and mountain bikes.

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You can also take a bike holiday, such as those organised by many bicycle organizations. These are fun events where you cycle at your leisure along scenic routes. Often fully catered, with support staff and mechanical and medical back-up, these holidays are suitable for anyone with a moderate degree of fitness.

Health benefits of cycling

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, thereby improving your overall fitness level. Cycling will also:

  1. Develop your fitness without joint stress
  2. Increase aerobic fitness
  3. Improve muscle tone and strength
  4. Help prevent disease (heart disease, diabetes)
  5. Manage weight
  6. Heighten energy levels
  7. Manage pain
  8. Assist in reducing stress, anxiety and depression, partly through the physical activity itself, but also due to the pleasure and satisfaction of riding a bike.

Other benefits, cycling is also:

  1. A great way to stay fit and spend time with friends
  2. An opportunity to meet new people and discover new places
  3. An easy way to get around your local area
  4. An environmentally friendly form of transport.

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