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Health Benefits of Bicycling

Bicycle riding is a very physical activity, and is often recommended as a source of exercise. compared to a lot of physical sports, biking is easier on the knees (when you ride sitting down), and can contribute to an overall state of health and well being if done on a regular basis.

bicyclingIn developed countries, physical inactivity is second only to tobacco use as a leading health risk. For this reason, bike riding is most popular with people who are seeking to improve their overall fitness or cardiovascular health. It is more suitable to people with arthritis than other sports, and can even help build bone density if done standing up. Bicycle riding will also tone your legs and buttocks.

Riding a bike is also good for the environment, as, unlike a car, it does not spew toxic gases into the atmosphere as it runs. Some people have said that riding a bike is a health risk because it exposes the rider to air pollution as they ride along the road, but this has been proven to be untrue. In fact, pollution levels are much high inside motor vehicles, mostly due to the lack of circulation inside of them.

bikingIn short, riding a bike is a very healthy exercise to undertake. It is often recommended that you ride a bike instead of taking the car for short trips right around your home if possible, as this exercise can really help to improve your quality of life.

It is also an activity that does not require much discipline, which is why it is a great choice for people with very busy lifestyles. A bike, and even a pair of biking shorts, is a fairly inexpensive mode of transportation, and will actually pay for itself in a short amount of time with the fuel you will save on short trips.

More information on the benefits of biking can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling.