With summer cooling off and fall right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dust off your trusty bike and hit the trails. You can enjoy the changing season from atop two wheels, while simultaneously getting a great workout.
Biking is an excellent way to benefit from a solid workout without putting too much stress on your joints. It also has been proven to decrease fatigue and increase heart health. Learn more about the awesome benefits of putting the pedal to the pavement below!
Biking Health Benefits
Low Impact. Compared to other forms of cardio-vascular exercise, like running, biking is low impact. This means it is easy on your joints while still giving your heart and lungs an intense workout. Because biking isn’t a weight bearing exercise, many people can continue cycling well into their 70s! This promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for life.
Decrease Fatigue. Cycling has been show to trigger dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neuotrasmitter that is linked to energy. By releasing more dopamine into the brain, the body’s energy levels are increased by an average of 20 percent, while fatigue throughout the day decreases.
Increase Heart Health. Riding your bike regularly at least three times a week in 30 minute intervals has been shown to increase heart health. This routine, when performed regularly, lowers blood pressure and LDL, which is commonly known as “bad cholesterol.” Getting your heart pumping while pedaling has also demonstrated an ability to decrease the risk of coronary heart disease.
Burn Calories. You don’t need to zoom down the road in order to get in a good workout while cycling. A relaxing bike ride—speeds around 10 miles per hour–burns more calories than an easy walk. By bumping up the intensity just a tiny bit to 12 to 14 miles per hour, you can burn roughly 500 calories in an hour! And since cycling is low impact, your joints won’t be aching the next day.
If stiffness or pain has been keeping you off of your bike, contact Airrosti today. Our providers pinpoint the cause of your pain and treat it directly at the source in order to relieve pain quickly and efficiently.
Airrosti providers develop custom treatment plans for each patient and incorporate stretches, foam rolling, mobility exercises and strength training to help speed recovery and prevent future injuries. This allows you to get back on the bike quickly, and stay pain free!
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