How Cycling Three Times a Week Could Help Prevent Disease

By: Bel Marra Health | Exercise | Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:28 AM

Often we forget about the role prevention plays in our health. You might find, like many people, that you only work harder at being healthy once you experience a health problem. Suffering through symptoms that affect the quality of your life is often the wake-up call for you to help your body out by living a healthier lifestyle. But really, why wait to take this route when  preventative measures can be taken that are enjoyable and fun.

Just 45 minutes a day of cycling three times a week could help prevent heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Why is cycling one of the best ways to get exercise and keep your weight in check? Cycling can give your heart a better workout than walking, without the pounding your joints take when jogging. Cycling is low cost. You can ride your bike anywhere. Put a basket on your bike and you can ride to the grocery store to stock up on supplies, without having to worry about carrying heavy bags home.

You can ride your bike to an appointment and avoid the stress of being delayed by traffic jams. You can ride your bike to visit friends or family and they’ll no doubt have a cold drink waiting for you! Cycling is fun; you don’t need a gym membership and you get to watch the scenery pass by.

All you need to do is find yourself a bicycle that fits you properly, that it is mechanically sound, and that has a bell. Remember to keep the air pressure in your tires at the maximum recommended PSI so that you are not working hard with each revolution of the pedals. And make sure you wear a properly fitting helmet and comfortable, breathable clothes.

Before starting out on a bike ride, do a few quick stretches to limber up. Bring a water bottle and a snack with you, and you are ready to travel. When choosing a route, find bike paths to ride on whenever possible so that you do not have to deal with the risks of cycling in traffic.

Now, if you can get your bike out for a spin three times a week, you’ll be adding some preventative medicine to your life that could ward of the complications of some pretty serious diseases, while at the same time giving you more strength and energy in your daily life.


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