If your not a cyclist already it may appear that the past time is an expensive and time consuming occupation — especially if you live near a popular riding road and see the rainbow colored lycra-clad groups on hi-tech bikes flying past. In fact it represents a low cost, extremely accessible and time efficient way to improve your health and fitness.
Cycling has gained huge popularity over the last decade. This may well have begun with Lance Armstrong’s story bringing it to the masses but beyond that it is a great, low impact way to get regular exercise what ever fitness level you’re currently at. It is easy to begin and has a low cost entry point. Of course once you begin, there is an endless array of toys to invest in — you can always be faster, lighter and more aero-dynamic. It is partly this aspect which has contributed to its popularity — the further you progress in the pursuit, the more you discover about technique, equipment and how to train. It has all the aspects of a great game where the skill you develop through time and effort is rewarded and provides new territory to explore.
You can buy an entry level road bike for just a few hundred dollars and if you’re concerned about when you’d find the time, try riding to work, or part of the way. You’ll not only be benefiting your health but also the environment. The benefits of cycling to your health are numerous including improving your cardio-vascular health, strength and also being great for your back. When you exercise regularly and sensibly you sleep better, have more energy, are more focused and able to get more done in less time. The incremental effects of an exercise plan that you can integrate into your everyday life are cumulative so as you progress you’ll notice and enjoy even greater results .
As a low cost, low impact way to improve strength and cardio-vascular health cycling represents a great option for improving your health and fitness. Starting is as easy as getting on your bike and riding. The simple freedom this represents may well hook you from the start and as you progress and notice the benefits of regular exercise you’ll be motivated to continue further. Whether you plan on competing or do it for the simple pleasure of fresh air and better health, recording your rides is a great way to see your progress. The internet has many resources providing further information about cycling and you can get free software to record and track, not only your rides, but also your health. This is a great way to motivate yourself and really see the long term benefits.