Avid cyclists take their own bicycles on a Static Caravan Holiday in North Wales but there are also plenty of places to hire them. If you haven’t cycled since you were a child, but would like to do something to keep fit, you might want to consider the benefits of taking it up again. Cycling has long been recognised as one of the best forms of exercise for us but what exactly do we gain from it? Research has shown that a wide variety of health benefits can be obtained by regular cycling and here are some of them:
Cycling strengthens your muscles
Our immune system, which protects against infections and various systemic diseases, can be boosted by the activity created when we cycle. The many muscles which we all have in our complex bodies that need to be in good shape, and used regularly to keep good fitness and health, are boosted by cycling. This is particularly important in older people and cycling can be an ideal form of moderate exercise for this age group. While cycling we use an amazing number of muscles; leg muscles for pedalling, back and abdominal muscles for stabilising the body and arm and shoulder muscles on the handle bars. We may not be conscious of using all these different muscle groups while cycling but nonetheless they are all being exercised making them stronger and more efficient.
The skeleton which is the body’s framework is benefited by the exercise, having a positive effect on strength and bone density, and of course with the muscles also being strengthened they help to protect the skeleton to which they are attached. Particular bones which benefit from cycling are those in the spine. The posture required for cycling and the movement of the legs strengthens the muscles of the lower spine and works the smaller muscles around the vertebrae, which are not often exercised; all of this strengthens the spinal column and helps reduce back problems by holding discs in place.
Cycling keeps the joints mobile and relieves stress
Those who suffer with joint disease like arthritis can benefit from cycling because of the circular motion, transporting energy to the joints which aids cartilage and joint movement. Most doctors will recommend that sufferers exercise, but many fear pain while doing so when in fact exercise like cycling will keep the joints mobile for longer and can help in reducing the advancement of the disease.
Another often unknown benefit of cycling is that of stress. While cycling the mind relaxes and everyday problems seem to disappear. There can be nothing more relaxing than cycling along through pleasant surroundings at a steady pace with nothing more to worry about than control of your bike. Oxygen is flowing into your body, lungs and heart and this exercise produces a feeling of wellbeing and thus a stress free mind. The heart in particular benefits from regular cycling because it is being worked and this makes it stronger and less likely to disease. Regular cycling has been shown to reduce the risk of a heart attack by up to 50%.
Regular cycling burns calories
For those who are overweight cycling can be the perfect exercise. With a healthy diet and regular moderate cycling weight can be shed and good health restored. The exercise burns off calories and because 70% of the body weight is carried by the saddle, cycling allows those who are overweight to exercise safely and comfortably.
Stop along the way for a break
Taking a Caravan Holiday in North Wales provides you with an ideal environment for cycling down country lanes or if you have a mountain bike you can find innumerable cycling routes over rougher terrain. Stopping periodically along the way for drinks or something to eat will give you a welcome break especially if you are an amateur. You might also want to stop occasionally to take in some of the breath-taking views, of which there are many in this area including Snowdonia.
In conclusion it can be said that cycling is for all age groups, all body weights and shapes. It will definitely improve your fitness and health so on your next Caravan Holiday in North Wales, get out in the fresh air and give it a try. If you need to hire a bicycle we can provide you with contact details.