Getting out on your bike can be a great way to get in a high-intensity workout that’s easy on joints. From the fresh air in your face to getting to explore new routes, there’s a lot to love about cycling. It also comes with a list of health benefits that make getting out for a ride on your bike a great workout.
Any kind of activity offers a boost for your body and brain, but unlike other types of aerobic exercise (like jogging or walking), you can make cycling a high-intensity workout without putting as much pressure on the joints.
Many of the studies that have looked at how cycling affects health find that cycling just a few days a week is enough to lead to the following health benefits. 1. Cycling Boosts Aerobic Fitness (Without Stressing Your Joints)
Cardiovascular or aerobic activity is an important part of physical fitness . The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PDF) calls for everyone over 18 to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity cardio each week (or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity cardio), noting that more is linked to more long-term health benefits. Cycling at either intensity is one way to incorporate this type of movement.
And if you’re someone who has hip, knee, or ankle joint issues, or you just want to prevent them for the future, cycling provides an excellent choice, according to Bianca Beldini, DPT , a physical therapist and USA-certified triathlon […]