With the weather cooling off and fall right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to grab your bike and go for a ride.
Health Benefits of Biking
Cycling is a great form of exercise for people of all ages. Not only is it a convenient and environmentally friendly way to travel, but it’s also a great way to stay active! If you’re curious about cycling, below are just a few of the many benefits that going for a quick bike ride can bring you.
Cycling is Low Impact
Compared to other forms of cardiovascular exercise, biking is considered a low-impact sport. Going for a bike ride won’t put as much stress on your joints and bones as going for a run will. Don’t be fooled, though: cycling can still give you an intense workout. Because it’s easy on the knees, cycling is a great option for people who want to get active while also protecting their joints.
A Bike Ride Can Energize You
The “runner’s high” isn’t just for runners. Any form of exercise can help you feel great afterward – including cycling. Activities that get your heart pounding will release energy-boosting hormones called dopamine. After a nice bike ride, that dopamine rush can help improve your mood and energy levels. If you typically feel an afternoon slump at work, going for a quick ride outside during your lunch break may be exactly what you need to stay energized and focused.
Cycling Promotes Heart Health
Exercising regularly at least three times a week in 30-minute intervals has been shown to improve heart health. Adding a 30-minute bike ride to your daily routine can also help lower your blood pressure, improve your overall endurance and strength, and help your immune system.
Biking Burns Calories
When it comes to biking, you don’t need to race uphill to get a good workout in. Even a relaxing bike ride, with 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. By choosing to ride your bike to work or to run errands, you’ll hit your fitness goals in no time!
Get Back on Track with Airrosti
If stiffness or pain has been keeping you off your bike, schedule an appointment with Airrosti today. Airrosti providers can pinpoint the cause of your pain and treat it directly at the source in order to relieve pain quickly and efficiently. Our providers will also develop custom treatment plans for each patient and incorporate stretches, foam rolling, and mobility exercises 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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