You may know that you can drop unwanted weight with biking. You may also know that it can help strengthen muscles and give you better endurance. What you may not know are the many other health benefits of taking up biking. Here are some of the health benefits, beyond weight loss and endurance, to consider.
You can do all the cardio you want in the gym, but at the end of the day the best cardio workout is to take up biking. Biking helps you take notice of the strain on your heart, the issues you may be having with your heart health, and any weak spots you have. You can use your bike riding schedule to help your issues and help set goals to strengthen your heart health. This will help build your heart and make it stronger to help keep your body functioning at top condition during and after your ride.
One of the health benefits of biking that many people do not think of is the stress release it can offer. Bike riding gets your blood moving, your heart pumping, and works out stress that builds up in your muscles and joints. That means that you start to release stress throughout the body physically. Eventually this physical release will become an emotional one. As you ride more often you will discover that you are calmer, your breathing pattern is steadier, and that you can now feel relaxed for the rest of your day.
If you find that you are sitting throughout your day and that you are developing joint stiffness, then biking may help. You may find that after riding on a routine basis will start to help with joint mobility. You will find that your body, when well hydrated, can lubricate your joints more. This cuts down on joint inflammation and swelling. It also reduces the chances of pain in your joints and stiffness throughout the day. You will have to take on a routine biking schedule to feel this benefit. It will take time, but you will start noticing a difference over time and you may find biking is something you need to help your joints on an ongoing basis.
By keeping these benefits in mind, you can focus on specific aspects of your health you want to work on. This will help you make more realistic goals for yourself and plan out training plans for upcoming biking events in a more specific and personalized way.