In this period you can still breathe the air of the Giro d’Italia that has just ended a few days ago and the bicycle is in the spotlight as the ideal leisure that allows everyone, young and old, to feel good and to keep a good fitness . There are more and more lovers of two wheels and there are many people who transform this passion into a sport, especially with summer just around the corner.
Is it just the desire for the outdoors and the need to get to the test bikini fit or ride a bike has real benefits ? This question is answered by Dr. Ugo Maria Borromeo , Head of the Orthopedics Operating Unit of Humanitas Mater Domini .
Cycling is good for the spine, hips, knees and ankles
«The calves and the buttocks are firmer , the thighs become slimmer , but the muscles of the spine are also invigorated , especially at the lumbar level.
The joints of the hips , knees and ankles are also kept active and efficient . The weight of the body does not rest on the back, because it discharges entirely on the frame of the bicycle and this particularity makes this activity also suitable for those suffering from disorders in the spine, such as lumbago and sciatica .
Furthermore, cycling is an aerobic sport , which allows you to train the cardio-vascular system and increase the respiratory capacity “.
Cycling: a unisex sport
“Cycling is an activity that is suitable for both sexes . For women, more predisposed to peripheral circulatory problems, cycling can improve the venous and lymphatic circulation in the lower limbs, helping to prevent the formation of swollen legs “.
Chili too much? Bike and proper allied power to eliminate them!
«Sport with a bicycle allows you to lose weight , but only by following a correct diet . It is important that it is balanced and that it contains the right amount of protein because these are a fundamental component in all tissues, especially the muscle. Remember also that it is important to hydrate well during the race ».
Many advantages of the bicycle, but what are the contraindications?
«The bicycle has no absolute contraindications. Particular attention should however be paid to women who already suffer from severe venous insufficiency of the lower limbs . In this case it is advisable to always adopt a very mild rhythm, avoid pushing too hard on the pedals or engaging in difficult climbs (for example if you are using a mountain bike or a racing bike).
There are also particular situations that discourage the bike: acute and chronic inflammatory diseases of the genitals and urinary tract (during the most intense phase of the disease), the presence of hemorrhoids (make the position in the saddle painful), the presence of hernia of disc or lumbo – sciatica in the acute phase, the diseases of the cardiovascular system that require an accurate choice of pathways and physical effort “.