Cycling is good, but …

Cycling is good, but …

It’s fun, keeps fit and good for your health. But be careful: the rides have many pros, but also some against.

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It’s fun, keeps fit and good for your health. But be careful: the rides have many pros, but also some against.

Everyone likes it, adults and children. A nice ride in the countryside or in the city is a source of fun without great efforts. Above all if you do it with your family or friends.

If you orient the handlebars outside the city, then you can breathe good air, sunbathe and experience moments of true tranquility.

To make us happy while pedaling are mainly the endorphins, the hormones of good mood that are produced in the body when we do a physical activity not intense, but long lasting.

It is good for the heart and not only for that

There are so many scientific studies that have analyzed the impact of cycling on the body.

There is no doubt: pedaling improves the health of our heart, taking away cardiovascular diseases, namely heart attack and stroke .

A survey published in the British medical journal has shown that it is sufficient to pedal half an hour a day to halve the risk of a heart attack.

The secret of this sport lies in the fact that it is not particularly demanding for the muscles and the lungs (aerobic exercise), at least at the amateur level. So the heart trains and becomes more efficient.

Cycling makes the heart have a greater filling capacity: it will pump more blood into the arteries, with more force. So the amount of blood expelled in one minute will be the same, but with a smaller number of contractions. Thus the resting heart rate is lowered .

The rides then improve the metabolism: being an activity of resistance, that is moderate, regular and long lasting, they facilitate the digestion, the blood circle of the brain and the muscular activity.

It is also good for the joints: unlike many other sports, the bicycle does not force the legs to bear the weight of the body. This is why it is ideal for those who are overweight and want to lose the extra pounds without damaging ankles and knees, and for children whose bones are still in a development phase.

You lose weight without too much effort

Cycling is particularly useful for those who want to lose weight. Pedaling at an average pace, you can consume 300 to 600 calories per hour. By medium rhythm we mean a gait that allows for example to speak, but not to sing.

If you pedal harder, and even talk becomes difficult, you consume up to 500-600 calories every hour.

In addition, cycling is a sport of endurance that engages all muscles for a prolonged period of time, after only half an hour the body begins to “burn” the stocks of fat (waist, hips etc.) instead of those of glucose and glycogen .

In addition to the undoubted advantage of sending the bacon away, this mechanism also allows you not to have, once you finish the ride, the classic hunger for wolves that instead presents itself practicing other sports.

Tones the whole body, provided that …

Many people think that cycling means only strengthening the legs. This is not the case: thighs and calves are certainly stimulated, but also the muscles of the back and arms are reinforced.

Furthermore, since we have to stay balanced on the saddle, we also use the abdominals and the lower back.

Finally, every time you accelerate, the road goes uphill or you face a rough terrain are called into question the muscles of the shoulders, arms, chest, forearms.

But be careful: because everything works well it is essential to maintain a correct position, also to avoid cramps and muscle pains .

The four golden rules

  • The saddle must be raised so that the knee is bent at 20 ° when the foot is on the pedal in the position of maximum thrust.
  • The handlebar must be adjusted according to the height of the cyclist. It must not be too far forward or too far back so that the weight of the trunk, in part, is loaded on the arms, but without exaggeration.
  • It is advisable to frequently change the position of the hands on the handlebars and the pelvis on the saddle. In this way you can avoid annoying muscle soreness.
  • Better then eat carbohydrates before pedaling, avoid fats and abound with fruit. A sachet of dried fruit in your pocket then helps if there is a drop in blood sugar.

The problems are just for him

The question is still partly controversial, in the sense that not all experts agree. But it seems from some studies that cycling often can promote the occurrence of prostate problems.

At the origin there would be the pressure of the saddle that could cause small traumas to the gland.

For this reason, it is advisable to avoid long bike rides for men suffering from symptomatic prostatic hypertrophy .

According to the researchers at Boston University, who have conducted a study on the subject, cycling can expose even non-professionals to a greater risk of male infertility, ie a poor sperm motility.