Cycling is a pleasant form of exercise. People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from the fitness perks of cycling. Moreover, this activity can be performed indoors or outdoors. Men, women and children can increase their stamina, build muscle, burn calories and improve their overall mood while cycling.
Like every form of exercise, cycling reduces the risk of heart disease and other health related issues. Studies have shown that 20 miles a week of cycling cuts the risk of heart disease by 50%. Cyclists can control how often or how fast to cycle. It is a safe and enjoyable way to lose weight and get fit. http://www.bicyclinginfo.or/why/benefits_health.cfm
On the average, a person can burn 300 calories per hour. Up to 11 pounds of fat can be burned in one year-if cycling is done everyday. Of course, how much fat is burned depends upon the rate of exertion:
Calories burned per hour based upon average weight:
10.0- 11.9 mph (light effort)- woman -350 calories / man -500 calories
12.0- 13.9 mph (moderate effort)- woman - 472 calories / man 650 calories
14.0-15.9 mph (vigorous effort)- woman - 590 calories/ man 863 calories
Cycling raises the heart rate to increase stamina and fitness. Every part of the body is used during cycling-building strength and muscle tone of the legs, thighs, hips and glutes. Since the whole body is involved- arm to leg, feet to hand and body to eye- it improves coordination.
Whether you cycle outdoors or indoors on a stationary bicycle, you will experience an increase in energy levels. It will boost your overall mood by improving your self esteem and reducing signs of depression. So, grab a bike and get fit and fabulous!