Why is cycling so popular?
The main reason why cycling is favored by the public is that many of its advantages are unmatched by other sports. For example, cycling is a systemic aerobic exercise, which can effectively exercise the brain, heart and other human organ functions.
Human muscles are mostly concentrated in the legs, and cycling is to make the legs move continuously. In addition, we will use the hands, wrists, and back muscles when we ride, which is equivalent to a whole body exercise that can increase calorie consumption.
For example, in the world's most famous cycling event-Tour de France, an average athlete consumes 5000~8000kcal (kcal) per day.
Free riding, more scenery
It also takes an hour. The distance covered by bike is 5 times that of walking and 2~3 times that of jogging. In other words, you can see more outdoor scenery by bike.
As long as the weather is fine, we can decide where to ride according to our mood, unlike other sports such as swimming and basketball, which are restricted by venue and time. Therefore, cycling is a fairly free sport.
Exercise to activate the brain
Riding a bicycle requires high skills:
·Keep the balance of the bicycle
·Step on the pedal
·Pay attention to the road conditions, choose a safe route, and turn the handlebars at any time
· Flexible control of the speed change device when going up and downhill
Amazingly effective aerobic exercise
When riding a bicycle on a normal road, we must also pay attention to other road signs, observe the status of surrounding vehicles and pedestrians, and have sharp eyes to be able to notice the dangerous causes such as empty bottles and potholes in front of the road.
In short, when riding a bicycle, you need to observe six directions and listen to all directions, and be able to instantly distinguish the various information received by the eyes, ears, and nose and act accordingly. Therefore, cycling is also a sport that can activate the brain and make people smarter.
Aerobic exercise can take in sufficient oxygen and is an exercise that effectively burns accumulated fat. Our body is made up of more than 200 bones. The muscles that cover the bones are skeletal muscles, which are composed of aerobic muscles called slow-twitch fibers and anaerobic muscles called fast-twitch fibers.
Among them, the main sources of calories for aerobic muscles are carbohydrates and fats, while the sources of calories for anaerobic muscles are carbohydrates.
The amount of glycogen in muscles is limited, and all glycogen will be consumed during intense exercise. In this way, in order to keep exercising, aerobic muscles will continue to consume the accumulated fat. However, we can only use aerobic exercise to burn body fat if we exercise continuously for more than 20 minutes.
The advantages of cycling aerobic exercise
The standard of general exercise intensity is how many times the heart sends blood within 1 minute, that is, the number of heartbeats. In terms of maintaining the number of heartbeats that meet the aerobic exercise standard, cycling is a very effective means.
When a certain exercise intensity is maintained, that part of the body's active muscles will generate heat, which will increase body temperature. At this time, the human body will automatically wick away sweat to lower the body temperature.
The main component of sweat is water. A person weighing 60kg loses 1L of water, which will lower his body temperature by 12°C. Of course, sweating is not the only way to lower body temperature, and the water and heat that people emit during breathing cannot be underestimated.
The speed of bicycle movement is relatively fast, and the cyclist is often blown by the oncoming wind, so the sweat discharged easily evaporates. Therefore, although our body temperature may rise sharply when riding a bicycle, the evaporation of sweat can ensure that the human body maintains a comfortable body temperature. The advantages of aerobic exercise are also reflected here.