Eight reasons why cycling is good for you
Reason # 1: Physical activity serves as a regulator to relieve the stress that is common in current lifestyles. It produces the balance between exertion and relaxation which is so important for the body’s inner equilibrium. Cycling is especially ideal for this process, countering stress in two ways: by satisfying the need for activity where people lack movement or exercise; and by balancing out increased strain, particularly mental and emotional.
Reason # 2: A few miles of cycling per day assure trimmer and toned muscles. This is because your upper thigh muscles, backside and calf muscles all get exercised by the pedalling motion.
Reason # 3: Pursuing cycling helps a great deal in building your stamina. It enables you to carry out your day-to-day activities more effectively.
Reason # 4: This might come to you as a surprise, but cycling ensures a control in the level of blood pressure.
Reason # 5: Cycling enhances the overall fitness level of a person. It makes you breathe deeper and perspire more, thereby leading to a feeling of enhanced body temperature.
Reason # 6: Cycling minimises the risk of coronary heart disease. Essentially an aerobic exercise, it gives your heart, blood vessels and lungs a workout, thereby reducing the risk of heart problems.
Reason # 7: A week of inactivity reduces the strength of the muscular system by up to 50% and can harm them long-term. This is particularly true for older people as ageing causes muscles to shrink. So start with slow cycling to build up stamina.
Reason # 8: During cycling, most of the body’s muscles are activated. The leg muscles are responsible for the pedalling movement; the abdomen and back muscles stabilise the body on the cycle and cushion external influences; and the shoulder-arm muscular system supports the body at the handlebars. All this trains and tightens up the muscular system, making it stronger and able to function efficiently.
WORKING OUT WITH YOUR SPOUSE
THE BENEFITS OF WORKING OUT WITH YOUR SPOUSE
For many of us, working out is not our favorite past time. There are so many other things we would rather be doing instead of working out, like spending time with our spouse or significant other.
Instead of using your spouse as an excuse to not work out, consider working out with them.
There can be many benefits to working out with your spouse, such as:
1. Encouragement: Nobody knows you quite like your spouse does. They are likely the best person to push you and encourage you to reach your goals.
2. Scheduling: Working out with your spouse is a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on ‘spouse time’ because of the gym. Consider making a date of it. Work out and then spend some time in the spa or treat yourselves to a healthy snack or dinner.
3. Cost savings: Joining a gym as a couple will often allow you to take advantage of specials or deals which can save you money in the long run.
4. The Talk Test: Experts agree the ideal cardio work out means you should be breathing heavy but still able to talk, so use treadmill time to catch up with each other
5. Rewards: Set up a system of rewards to encourage you both to reach your goals. It’s a great idea to have individual goals as well as a shared goal. For example, if you both enjoy running, promise each other a special treat once you reach a combined distance of say 1,000 miles!