As a doctor of chiropractic since 1996 I have often recommended sports to complement the treatment plan of my patients.  One of my favorite sports is cycling.  After you are professionally fitted on your bike and wear recommended safety equipment cycling offers many benefits which would aid you in the recovery of many musculoskeletal injuries.  Here are some reasons you may want to cycle:

Cycling builds strength and muscle tone
Cycling is not a fitness activity that solely involves the legs. Cycling builds strength in a holistic manner since every single part of the body is involved in cycling.

Cycling increases muscle tone
Cycling improves general muscle function gradually, with little risk of over exercise or strain. Regular cycling strengthens leg muscles and is great for the mobility of hip and knee joints. You will gradually begin to see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, rear end and hips.

Cycling builds stamina
Cycling is a good way to build stamina. It is very effective in doing so, because people enjoy cycling and they wouldn’t really notice that they have gone farther then last time they went cycling.

Cycling improves cardio-vascular fitness
Cycling makes the heart pound in a steady manner and helps improve cardio-vascular fitness.  Studies have shown that cycling to work will increase cardiovascular fitness by 3-7%. Cycling uses the largest muscle groups the legs, raising heart rate to benefit stamina and fitness.

Cycling eats up calories
Weight bearing joint injuries and lumbar conditions are exponentially effected by increased weight. Cycling is a good way to lose those unwanted pounds. Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year. Since it helps build muscle, cycling will also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve finished your ride.

Cycling improves coordination
Cycling is an activity that involves the whole body. Therefore, arm-to-leg, feet-to-hands and body-to-eye coordination are improved.  Many rehabilitative programs utilize proprioreceptive activities.  Cycling offers that while having fun!

Cycling reduces stress
Any regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve well being and self esteem.  Stress is completely toxic and will exacerbate all conditions.

Consult your doctor
Most people can do cycling. However, it is still best to consult your doctor when thinking about incorporating a cycling activity into an overall fitness program. They shall advise you regarding your limits and capacities and what you should avoid doing.You can read more about this on roadbikereviewed.
John R. Law, D.C.

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