Why is Cycling the Ultimate Sport for Preventive Health?
Prevention is better than cure, they say, and if you’d really like to put this saying to good use, why not consider cycling as your chosen sport? If you live in Milwaukee you’ve already got it easier than in many other cities; you don’t even need to buy a bike, as you can avail of Bublr Bikes: Greater Milwaukee’s bike share program.
Just take a bike from one Bublr station, enjoy a ice ride, and return the bike to the Bublr station that is closest to you! With stations in Milwaukee, Shorewood, Wauwatosa, and West Allis, you’ll never need to walk extensively or use private or public transport, thus helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
Of course, cycling to get from Point A to Point B, or indeed, to tour Milwaukee’s famed sights and green areas, has many more benefits than sustainability. It also has powerful physical and mental benefits that will serve you well in both the short- and long-term.
Battling the Sedentary Lifestyle
“Sitting is the new smoking,” say the papers, but they should say “Sitting idly is the new smoking.” The sedentary lifestyle is indeed a major health concern in America, with studies showing that sitting down for too long is linked to everything from heart disease to Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Regardless of your fitness level, cycling is an excellent choice, because it can be adapted to different levels, and because despite giving your heart a good workout, it won’t stress your joints. Unlike the case when we are standing (and our legs have to bear all our weight), the bones in our pelvic area support our weight when we are cycling, which is great news for those with osteoarthritis, painful knees, etc.
Cycling strengthens muscles such as the gluteus maximus, the quadriceps and calves, but also turns your core abdominal muscles into a powerhouse and even helps tone your arms and shoulders, as they cling to the handlebar and negotiate turns.
The Powerful Mental Benefits of Cycling
Exercise benefits more than our appearance, strength, and endurance; it also boosts our mental health, with study after study showing that cardiovascular activity helps bring down levels of stress hormone, cortisol. Regular physical activity is as important as sound nutrition when it comes to boosting our physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellbeing.
Cycling has an added bonus; since it is an activity that entertains our eyes with different sights and sounds, and, often, calming green areas, it is a deeply mindful pursuit; one that makes it easier than ever to really be ‘in the here and now’.
Some people head to a natural park to unwind, reduce stress levels, and connect to their spiritual side; others get on a bike, discover the life and buzzing atmosphere of Milwaukee, and meet friends for a fabulous meal or group cycling session. Movement is life, but it can also be relaxation, joy, and commitment – both to the Planet we live in and to our physical and mental health and wellbeing.