That’s Why Cycling Is So Healthy!

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No course, no-frills, and certainly no short-lived hype: Almost everyone has a bike – but it is used far too rarely.

Whether in the city or in the country: Around three-quarters of all households in Austria own at least one bicycle. Learning to ride a bike is just as natural in this country as learning the alphabet or basic arithmetic. And that’s good!

  • Because cycling is not only ideal as a family activity, but also a healthy, fast, and environmentally friendly way of getting from A to B.
  • We are faster by bike than by car, especially in the city and on shorter journeys.
  • And if you also know how to use it as a training device – all the better!

Protection Against Infections

 

Cycling is a gentle exercise.

  • Its calorie consumption from around 350 kilocalories per hour is comparatively low, but the intensity is in an ideal range for burning fat.
  • The training in the so-called “aerobic” area is also good for the airways.
  • The lungs are filled with oxygen, and the respiratory muscles are strengthened.
  • This is not only good for the oxygen supply, but can also prevent infections and relieve asthma.
  • The heart is also easily challenged during sport and thus strengthened in the long term.
  • For example, those who do physical exercise regularly, for example, cycle to work every day, can reduce their risk of heart attack by up to 50 percent.

A Sport for Everyone

 

The nice thing about cycling: Anyone can do it! As a sport, cycling is suitable for everyone – from kindergarten children to senior citizens with an artificial hip joint.

  • Compared to other cardio workouts such as running, it causes the heart rate to rise less and does not stress the cardiovascular system too much.
  • The bicycle is also ideal for overweight people who want to lose weight: While jogging can initially put a lot of strain on the heart, lungs, and joints, the bicycle is a gentle but effective way of burning fat.
  • Many muscle groups are used in cycling. The legs are strained when pedaling, and large muscle chains such as the arm, gluteal, and trunk muscles.
  • If you want to strengthen your leg muscles, in particular, you can cycle in higher gears – i.e. with more resistance.
  • Always pay attention to your posture: The back should only be tilted forward at an angle of about 30 degrees to avoid back pain.
  • The right saddle and an optimal adjustment of the saddle and handlebars are important to protect the back, buttocks, knees, and wrists. It is best to get advice from an expert.

Over Hill and Dale

 

Cycling is a continuous “balancing act”: it trains balance and is a good stability exercise. Depending on which terrain you prefer to be on, different types of bicycles provide the necessary grip on the flooring.

  • The racing bike is best suited for effortless movement in the city or for sporty excursions on paved mountain roads.
  • Those who prefer to spend their time in the saddle on narrow forest paths or in the mountains should better use a mountain bike.
  • A city, touring, or trekking bike – the universal device among two-wheelers – is recommended for excursion cyclists.

Always choose your route according to your ability – paths that are too steep or too difficult increase the risk of injury. However, safety is not only required when choosing the type of bike and tire: wearing a helmet should always be a matter of course!

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