Bike riding is good for your physical and mental health. Doctors as well as fitness experts say so. Human nature is such that it loves anything that offers fun packed with challenges. Bike riding comes with the promise of both. While a long ride demands a good amount of fitness, casual riding too helps improve your muscles and overall health.
Correct Posture: A bike is designed in such a way that when you sit on it and ride your body automatically comes into the natural alignment – every part of your body including the spine, the shoulders, the neck, hands and legs. Your posture improves without realizing it. (Some tall people tend to hunch their shoulders).The slow moving vehicle provides gentle massaging to the entire body. Joints are less prone to injury during a ride but get the necessary work out.
According to Pravin Kumar a physiotherapist, riding motorcycles is a low impact activity that exercises various muscles in just the right manner needed.
Strengthen key hand and leg muscles: Bone specialists say that bike riders are less prone to knee problems. The act of getting a bike off the stand and putting it back on stand provides very good strength training to the hand and leg muscles. The heavier the bike the greater is the resistance to the muscles. Thus the anterior muscles in the forearm and also the muscles that support the patella and other bones in the knee get good exercise.
Tighten abdomen muscles: Steering a bike, moving it at slow speeds serves to improve the core strength of the body. The abdomen muscles are gently exercised.
Improve insulin sensitivity: Good health is not always obtained by sweating it out through vigorous activity. Even gentle, no sweat activity or low impact exercise can be just as effective. Bike riding is known to improve insulin sensitivity in the body for as long as eight hours after a ride. This in turn encourages weight loss as well.
Fortify neck muscles: The weight of the helmet provides good resistance to your neck muscles. The moving vehicle provides mild vibrations that run through the delicate tendons and give it the much needed gentle shake while improving the circulation.
Burn calories: Riding nutritionists say burns up to 600 calories per hour. On a long ride your consumption of solids is minimum and you are on healthy nuts, raisins and juices – all which aids weight regulation
Enhance the mood: There is no better mood enhancer than a bike ride. The fresh air, the sunlight and the beauty of the natural surroundings releases the feel good hormones and endorphins. You begin to see the silver lining behind every black cloud and the Vitamin D from the sunlight does wonders to your bones. Before you know it your happiness quotient climbs to great heights. So every time your moods are off, hit the highway on your steel horse. If you are riding for a cause the feel-good factor is even better.
So ride on! It’s good for body and great for the soul!