In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is so difficult to find a balance between work, family and leisure. Sports, and cycling in particular, are a great way to relieve tension and stress, fight depression, and keep yourself in good physical shape.
What makes cycling so different from other sports?
Cycling is a great workout for your cardiovascular system and is good for all of your health. The heart is also a muscle, and when you give it a workout, it gets stronger and works more efficiently. The healthier you are, the better the internal organs are supplied with blood.
When you exercise, your heart rate fluctuates between periods of exertion and rest, and the muscles you exercise during exercise are less prone to injury and less sore from everyday activities.
Daily cycling also reduces the risk of diabetes, as exercise allows better control of insulin levels. Note: if this is relevant to you, be sure to take something sweet (sugar, jelly) and / or a small snack with you.
Sports also help lower blood pressure. If you suffer from hypertension, take extra steps to control your blood pressure by eating less salt and fatty foods.
Another benefit of cycling is the comfortable weight distribution. While cycling, your joints suffer less from the friction that occurs, for example, when running on a hard surface. Thus, your knees and ankles are protected and you can ride not only on city roads, but also outside the city.
Cycling also prevents osteoporosis. It has been scientifically proven that exercise slows down bone thinning.
2. Uplifts mood and fights seasonal depression
Simply put, when you ride a bike, you forget about your worries. Physical activity acts like a real natural antidepressant. The mood is lifted by oxygen, which enters the body in large quantities during training, and the physical activity itself.
This is especially true in winter, when the risk of seasonal depression increases. This form of depression is well known to Scandinavians, but it also occurs in other countries. It is caused by a lack of sunlight. In winter, the days are shorter, there is less sun, and the weather is completely unpredictable. All of these can affect your health and mood.
Of course, there are many ways to deal with seasonal depression, but playing sports is not only a treatment, but also a prevention. During exercise, a number of hormones are produced:
This hormone is produced during sports and is responsible for the feeling of pleasure and concentration. It is thanks to the release of dopamine after a workout that you do not feel tired, and your mood improves.
Also produced during sports. They reduce pain and induce a feeling of joy.
3. Cycling for weight loss
Let's be honest: in order to lose weight or maintain a constant weight, once on a bike will not be enough. The result can be achieved only by practicing regularly and often, gradually increasing the level of complexity.
Cycling is endurance training, but not only. During exercise, calories and fat are burned. But, of course, you need to watch your diet. There are not so many rules for proper nutrition, just follow them and maintain a stable weight!
Sport, in particular cycling, is the basis of a healthy lifestyle. If you haven't tried cycling yet, start this year! And don't forget to share your experience with us.
Before you send your child to the sports section, ask yourself the question: “What do I know about this sport?”. An important fact is to take into account the inclinations of your child and his abilities.
Today, our tips for parents of young cyclists.
Cycling has several different directions, we list four Olympic types:
• Road racing is a classic of cycling.
Cross-country racing for long distances, on a hard road.
In time, they can last from 1 to 21 days, in range from 50 to 300 km.
It takes place in the stadium, the task of the athlete is to cover the distance the fastest.
• BMX - bicycle motocross
Cyclists overcome the track with obstacles in the form of pits, springboards, winding paths. Barriers can be both natural and specially created.
• Mountain bike racing
The cyclist overcomes the track over rough terrain with natural obstacles. Among these races, there are a 5 km Roundabout and a 100 km Marathon.
What is the best age to start cycling?
You can start teaching a child to ride a bike at an early age, starting with a three-wheeled vehicle and gradually switch to a two-wheeled bicycle, because, entering the sports section, you need to be able to ride a bicycle. Parents should teach the child to slow down correctly, make sure that he does not use the lower leg for braking. The rules of the road should be explained to a novice cyclist.
Schools and sections begin to accept children from the age of 8, this is the optimal age for a young cyclist, motor skills are already well developed, the child understands what discipline and own safety are.