When most people think about cardio exercises, running is the first sport that comes to mind. But cycling is fast becoming the new It sport, with spin studios popping up everywhere. Whether you want to join in on the new trend or you’re looking for new ways to spice up your fitness routine, we’ve rounded up the top three benefits of cycling.
1. full-body fitness for all
Not only can you easily lose a few pounds, cycling is a great way to improve the cardiovascular health and overall body strength for people of all fitness levels. “You can get an all over workout, as it works your core, legs, and shoulders,” says Lee Pickering, a personal trainer from DW Fitness Clubs.
It’s suitable for adults of all ages, and beginners and professionals alike, so don’t worry if you’ve never cycled in your life––it’s an easy sport to pick up. “I often refer to cycling as a sport for life because it can be done at any level you’re comfortable,” says Ainslie MacEachran, a professional cycling coach and AAAI/ISMA-certified personal trainer.
2. Low impact sport
While running is certainly a quick and easy workout, it’s not the best sport for people with weak joints. If you’re looking for an alternative to running, consider cycling! “One of the overlooked benefits of cycling is that there is a lot less stress placed on the joints than with other activities, such as running,” says Dr. Scott M. Schreiber, a chiropractic physician.
This also makes cycling the ideal sport for people recovering from injuries caused by more impactful sports. “Cycling is often recommended by doctors and physical therapists as a great rehab method for a variety of cardiac conditions and orthopedic injuries,” adds MacEachran.
Cycling is referred to as a “sport for life” because it’s suitable for people of all ages. “While running and other cardiorespiratory exercises can cause a lot of wear and tear on the joints, cycling avoid the majority of these issues,” says Nick Murchake, an NCCA-certified personal trainer. “It is an activity that someone can benefit from throughout their life and into old age, without having to be that concerned with injury. The cases of chronic and overuse injuries are much fewer with bike riders than runners.” Because cycling allows you to avoid injury, it’s an exercise regimen that you can stick with for a very long time without needing to worry about premature arthritis and/or pain that sports like running may cause.
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