, – Folding bicycles are back in trend in the current corona pandemic. Almost every morning, evening, and night you can see people riding bicycles in the Sudirman area, HI Roundabout, and Monas.
Reporting from several media such as Tribunnews and Trenasia, said that every day a bicycle shop can sell 10-30 bicycles. Folding bikes are an option because of their simple, portable, and lightweight models.
Benefits of Cycling for Health
According to health data published by the Better Health Channel, it is stated that regular cycling can stimulate and improve heart function , maximize lung work and blood circulation, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Guide to Healthy Cycling in the New Normal
Cycling strengthens the heart muscle, decreases resting pulse and reduces blood fat levels. What are the other benefits of cycling for body health?
- Controlling Weight
Cycling is one of the best ways to control or lose weight. This is because cycling can increase the work of the body’s metabolism, build muscle, and burn body fat. Cycling is a comfortable form of exercise and you can adjust the time and intensity according to your wants and needs.
- Avoid Cardiovascular Disease
As previously stated, cycling can make you avoid cardiovascular disease. These include strokes, high blood pressure and heart attacks. A study in Denmark conducted over 14 years with 30,000 people in the age range of 20 to 93 years, found that regular cycling can protect people from heart disease.
- Lowers Risk of Diabetes
Lack of physical activity is thought to be the main reason why people develop diabetes. However, as an active type of exercise, cycling for 30 minutes has been shown to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 40 percent.
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- Improve Bone Health
Cycling can improve strength, balance, and coordination. It can also strengthen bone stability and prevent the body from losing coordination that causes a person to fall easily.
Cycling is also an ideal form of exercise if you have osteoarthritis. This is because cycling is a low-impact type of exercise that doesn’t put much stress on the joints.
- Mental Health and Cycling
Mental health conditions, such as depression, stress, and anxiety can be reduced by riding a bicycle regularly. This is due to the effect of the exercise itself and the pleasure it creates when cycling.
Muscles Are Built While Cycling
Cycling can build muscle structure and cardiovascular endurance. When cycling you make some of the body’s muscles work more optimally. Starting from the muscles of the lower body, arm muscles and the core.
The working combination of these muscles will result in a lean and fit body and increased stamina. The following are muscle groups that are targeted while you are cycling:
- Hamstrings and quads.
- Arms, both biceps and triceps.
- Soles of the feet.
Many cyclists change positions while riding. Is standing, leaning forward, or looking down while climbing. This shift in body movement puts pressure on the upper body and helps shape and strengthen the core area of the body.
Cycling has many benefits, but keep in mind you need to maintain a balance in your lifestyle. Today many cyclists spend late at night on the road and may not get enough sleep.
If you are active in sports, getting enough sleep is the key to maintaining stamina. At least 7–8 hours is the ideal night’s sleep. When possible, naps can help make up for your lack of rest at night.
Don’t forget to keep your fluid intake by consuming plain water. Because currently there is a corona pandemic, of course maintaining cleanliness, maintaining distance from other cyclists, maintaining health protocols is a must.
If you feel your body suddenly is n’t fit , don’t hesitate to ask for health information via the app . Doctors who are experts in their fields will try to provide the best solution for you. To do this, simply download via Google Play or the App Store. Through the Contact Doctor feature you can choose to chat via Video / Voice Call or Chat , anytime and anywhere without needing to leave the house.
Better Health Channel. Accessed 2020. Cycling Health Benefits.
Bill Bone Bike Law. Accessed 2020. Muscle Groups Targeted and Used While Cycling.
Tribunnews. Accessed in 2020. The Impact of Increasing Cycling Trends, Folding Bike Sales in Pontianak are selling well.
Asian trends. Accessed in 2020. Bicycle Sales Turnover in the Grass Market Skyrocketed 100%.