Been riding my bike lately, after letting it collect dust for a couple of decades. Here's an article about the benefits...
Bicycling can help you outmaneuver weight gain and glide into good health.
by Eric Schneider
For many, bicycling brings to mind leisurely rides down quiet lanes, an idyllic pastime that is associated with open suburban byways and laid-back rural life. While that image is certainly true to an extent, more Americans—particularly those in cities—are placing their feet on pedals and hitting the road for recreation as well as health benefits.
Douglas Meyer, 40, a marketing consultant and avid bicyclist in Saratoga Springs, New York, found what he says was an unexpected benefit: increased mental acuity. “Riding my bike, even if just on my short commute to and from my office, helps me clear my mind and relax, even on the toughest of days,” Meyer says.
The US Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey shows that bicycle commuting in America rose by 43% between 2000 and 2008, signaling a shift from cycling as primarily a means of recreation. Instead, more Americans are embracing biking as a daily routine that provides both transportation and fitness.
“Cycling has multiple benefits,” says enthusiast Liz Applegate, PhD, director of sports nutrition at University of California—Davis, new home of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame. “When you raise your heart rate, and as your muscles are demanding more oxygen to fuel pushing the pedals around, your body adapts, and you build cardiovascular fitness.”
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