I have just finished my regular daily cycling and increased my health and well-being. Cycling wasn’t one of my favorite activities, but ever since I’ve read about it, I’m doing it regularly. During the winter and bad weather- on my training bike, and when the spring and sun come- outside, on a regular bike.
According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is the second health risk in developed countries. The WHO suggests that cycling is a ‘highly suitable activity’ for the purpose of:
- increasing your fitness,
- cardiovascular health,
- as a means of rehabilitation after injuries,
- it is good for arthritis,
- and many more things.
Cycling may have turn to a dangerous activity for those unprepared. The use of appropriate safety equipment and obedience of road rules can reduce risk of serious injuries. The most common cycling injury is the knee injury, but it can be prevented. First thing is to adjust the saddle and to check the pedals, then not to overestimate yourself on the early stages of the exercising- if you are not in the form, don’t drive too fast, or on the hilly terrain, or too far from your homes. Remember that you have to go back! Feeling the muscular pain is normal after the training process, but if you feel joint pain and numbness- those are early signs of overuse injury.
For those who don’t like exercising, and desperately want to be fit, I think this is the best solution. And why is that? First of all, there’s no bothering about packing your stuff for gym, and normally- no going to the gym; also, there’s no paying for the exercising (so you’ll save your budget- which is also positive!); then, for those who are afraid that they’ll look silly in the gym- they don’t have to think about that- just set out on a nice journey along your neighborhood and enjoy the scenery. And last but not the least, it is the simplest way to tight your legs and butt. So, what are you waiting for?