3 Cycling, Walking and what they can do Healthwise
Author: Roy Hirsch
Summary by Sylgri (Words: 900, Visits 13)
Published: Saturday June 9th 2007-07-04
For those who may be overweight and/or have joint problems, which make it difficult for them to do weight-bearing exercise, cycling is a good fitness option which enables you to find different formats to make yourself feel able and confident; whereas if not then it can cost you a price; these point pinpoint to the importance you need to put into the healthy priorities to improve your outlook.
Possible medical benefits of cycling
Regular cycling at a healthy level has a beneficial effect on many of the body’s systems as is outlined below.
The heartbeats faster to pump blood around the body more quickly to supply enough oxygen to the muscles to allow them to do work. The heart itself is a muscle and when exercised as in cycling it gets stronger just as your biceps do.
People who take part in regular physical activity have a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those who don’t.
Approximately 20 litres of blood per minute circulate throughout the body during moderate aerobic activities such as biking.
Regular activity such as cycling can prevent or delay the development of high blood pressure and in people who already have high blood pressure it can reduce blood pressure.
People who take part in regular exercise tend to have lower body fat and better lipids profiles than others and hence have less arterial disease, which is a risk factor for stroke. Cycling also occupies the six million cells that are lost each day, which by ALL FORMS of occupation with your BODY the cells are retained, in so doing it enables you to keep your brain loaded with what you would lose continuously, which would reduce your life span.
Muscles and joints
Exercise improves muscle strength, coordination and balance, which lessens the likelihood of falls in the elderly and improves joint mobility and lubrication. Muscle endurance and tone will result, and prominence of the working muscle groups like the calves and thighs can be noticed. Posture and balance also improves. Gentle cycling may help arthritis sufferers, lessening joint pain and swelling.
One of the skin’s major functions is as an excretory organ of the body and during cycling, blood flow to the skin increases to rid the body of heat and the elimination of wastes is improved through sweating.
An increase in blood carbon-dioxide levels and temperature causes breathing to become faster and deeper. This action supplies the oxygen needed by the body. There is also evidence that moderate-intensity activities such as biking for 6 to 8 hours every week may reduce the risk of lung cancer. This may be attributed to immune function improvement and the increase in overall health of the lungs.
Researchers have also reported that biking and other routine physical activities of 30 minutes a day may help women avoid gallstone surgery. People who exercise have larger, more active intestines, which, along with the reduction in cholesterol, which occurs in regular exercisers, may help reduce the risk of gallstones.
Moderate exercise done on a regular basis generally improves reproductive functions of the body. Some men have reported penile impairment and short-term impotence resulting from reduced blood supply and nerve compression in the area of the premium. However pointing the bike seat downward a little, or buying a wider seat with better support for the pelvic bones, can help prevent this problem.
Your helmet could save your life
3 November 2000
A British study has confirmed what Australian health and safety authorities havelong known: wearing a bike helmet can significantly reduce your risk of head injury if you are involved in an accident.
The 4-year study, published in the British Medical Journal (28/10/00)by researchers at Imperial College, London, evaluated the number of emergency room admissions in English hospitals that could be attributed to cycling accidents. The participants were divided into three age categories: 6-10 years, 11-15 years and 16 years and over.
While the number of emergency admissions among cyclists did not alter over the 4 years, the number of injured cyclists taken to the emergency room with head injuries as the main diagnosis fell from 40 per cent to 28 per cent of admissions over the period of the study.
Serious head injuries were reduced in all age groups of the cyclists: in the 6-10 years age group by 9 per cent; in the 11-15 year category by 11 per cent; and in the 16 and over category by 13 per cent.
Unlike the situation in Australia, wearing a protective helmet while cycling is not compulsory in the United Kingdom. The researchers have recommended publicity campaigns should continue to encourage voluntary helmet wearing in the UK.
An accompanying editorial in the same issue of the British Medical Journal warned ‘Further delays in promoting the use of helmets will be measured in the number of lives ruined by the devastating consequences of preventable brain injury’.
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