Friday, May 4, 2012

Why bikes are great for fitness

Many folks walk into our bike shop in Lexington with the goal of getting in shape. Bicycling is a great fitness activity. Studies have shown benefits of cycling include reduced risk of heart disease, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and stress reduction. Cycling may also be used as the exercise component of a weight loss plan with great results. In order to reap the weight loss benefits, you will need a riding routine designed for this purpose. Bicycling is low-impact fitness. Low-impact fitness is recommended for all body types, ages, and fitness levels. Many people who cannot run for exercise, can ride a bicycle easily and pleasurably. If you are overweight, the non-weight bearing nature of cycling can mean greater stamina in your workout routine as compared to something like walking. Even if your mobility is limited, cycling can offer freedom of movement that give people joy and a sense of accomplishment. There are bicycles available for all sizes of people, there are also adaptive designs that are available for people with physical limitations: recumbent bikes, hand cycles, walk-through design, and adult tricycles. Cycling tones the stubborn areas of the body- the butt, thighs, waist, hips. A professional bicycle retailer can help you maximize these benefits, by assisting you in finding the right bicycle for your body type and that it is fitted so you get the most exercise benefit.

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