Cycling is an excellent cardiovascular activity that both kids and adults can enjoy. It is a low-impact exercise that does not put excess stress on the joints so it is a great option for individuals with arthritis anywhere in the lower body. Dr. Joseph Gorz and the skilled medical staff at Neighborhood Primary Care in Lake Orion, MI, can help you develop habits to keep you safe and healthy while cycling.
Health Benefits of Cycling
Cycling offers numerous health benefits and can increase your cardiovascular fitness. Plus, it is a great low-impact exercise alternative to running for individuals who cannot endure the stress and strain running puts on the feet and legs. Some of the many ways cycling can boost your health include:
- Helps maintain a healthy body weight
- Burns calories and reduces body fat
- Increases strength and flexibility
- Improves joint mobility
- Improves posture
- Helps reduce stress
Cycling can also help prevent the development certain health conditions or diseases. By improving your fitness levels, increasing strength and flexibility, and helping you maintain a healthy body weight, cycling can potentially reduce your risk for developing heart problems, diabetes, certain types of cancers, or other health problems.
Like other forms of exercise, cycling can also boost your mood, which could lead to reduced anxiety or depression, for example. The experienced medical professionals at our office in Lake Orion, MI, can help you discover all the health benefits of cycling.
Tips for Cycling Safely
Riding a bike is a great way to stay fit, but it is important to take precautions to remain safe while cycling. Wearing a helmet will protect your head from injury in case you fall. Wearing bright clothing, such as a safety vest with reflective trips, can help you be more visible to motorists. Following the rules of the road can also help you remain safe while cycling alongside vehicular traffic.
Another aspect of being safe while cycling is being aware of physical changes that are signs to stop exercising. For instance, if you suddenly feel dizzy or light headed while cycling, you should stop somewhere safe away from traffic. If you are feeling pain in any part of your body while cycling, that could be an indication of an injury. If you have sustained an injury, such as a muscle strain, it is best to take a break from cycling until the injury heals.
Cycling is a great way to stay fit and have fun while doing so. Dr. Gorz can help you develop smart habits for staying safe while cycling or performing any other type of exercise. To schedule an appointment, call (248) 690-9181.
The information is provided to you by Dr. Joe Gorz at Neighborhood Primary Care.