When I was a kid, I liked cycling. It is still a great fun activity. Cycling offers many benefits with energetic workout. Today, let’s look at what health benefits you will gain by cycling.
- Cycling can help to boost your metabolism level and therefore burning more calories. Cycling at a gentle 10 to 12 miles per hour on a flat road will burn 400 calories an hour. Because of your raised metabolism rate, your body continues to burn calories even after your cycling exercise.
- Like jogging, cycling is beneficial to your lungs which will expand to push oxygen into your body. It will help you to build stamina.
- Cycling at least 20 miles (about 32 kilometers) a week reduces the risk of heart disease to less than half compared to non-cyclists who do not do other exercise.
- You can also improve your leg strength. If you cycle only a few miles per day, your muscles will become trimmer and more toned. The main muscles you use are the upper thigh muscles and calf muscles.
- Comparing with running, cycling exerts less stress on the knees and ankles. However, it is still not recommended for people with joint or arthritic pain. People with lower back pain should not cycle too.
- Just like other exercise, your body will release endorphins into your blood when you are cycling, creating a feeling of contentment and happiness and therefore reducing stress.
In short, cycling is is a fantastic workout.
Tips for Male Cyclist
Most male cyclists complain that cycling too long hurts their “balls” or crotch area. Pants like jeans and other shorts have seams in the crotch area. Sitting on these seams puts pressure on the sensitive tissues in the groin area causing pain and numbness. So, you need to wear cycling shorts, which include padding (called the “chamois”) and are seam free in the crotch area. Also, after wearing those shorts, you don’t have to wear underwear. Why? Underwear also contains seams, so, it may still hurt your balls.
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