For every-day individuals, finding time to efficiently exercise can be tough with the daily commitments to work, social life, other activities. Finding a convenient exercise that promotes overall health and sustainability is important, especially as the body ages. Two major forms of exercise fit these requirements, biking and swimming. For convenience purposes, we are splitting up biking and swimming into different articles. Today, we are looking at the advantages of incorporating biking into your daily and weekly workout routine.
Relative to running and other forms of extended exercise, biking has been shown to exert less impact upon crucial ligaments and tendons while promoting superior muscle build around the lower body. Biking has direct impact on the building of muscle but also the toning of muscle for the gluteus maximus, quadriceps, and hamstrings. Relative to running, which has no muscle-building properties, biking has shown that you can both promote muscle build while also reducing wear and tear on the ligaments and tendons surrounding the muscles.
Biking allows the user to exercise for much longer distances, as the inflammatory load on the body is much lower on a per distance basis. For example, running leads to muscle soreness and ligament/tendon damage i.e. inflammation. On the other hand, cyclists can exercise for much longer distances. This is important, as sustained stamina training on bikes allows you to get fit faster. The sustained energy output relies on muscle breakdown from the three major muscle groups listed above, gluteus maximus, quadriceps, and hamstrings. These three groups are responsible for producing power to produce the cycling motion. As basic physiology will show, high volume and low weight is equally, if not more than, efficient at building toned muscle throughout the body.
The fun part of biking is the freedom. How far and how hard you go is entirely up to you. It also gets you out in the open which allows to get to go different places. Instead of going to the gym and running on a treadmill, biking allows you to get out into the open and experience the geology around you. Likewise, the choice between a mountain bike and a performance bike is entirely up to you. Mountain bikes are cheaper and built for multi-purpose settings, such as children and beginners. Performance bikes are meant for, you guessed it, performance. Unless you are an experienced biker or desire a finer product, the mountain bike is for you.
One of the most popular mountain bikes on the market is the Northwoods Mountain Bike.
Northwoods Aluminum Full Suspension Mountain Bike
One of the most popular performance bikes on the market is the Vilano Diverse 2.0
Vilano Diverse 2.0 Performance Hybrid Bike