Well, we all know that getting on our bikes for a quick ride is a great, healthy option. But if you really want to stay healthy, this article might just make you think again about scaling up those training sessions…
Survey results show us the way…
The results of a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that the risk of lung and colorectal cancer in middle-aged men is lowered by some 55% and 44% respectively, if they are physically fit and regularly engage in cardiovascular exercise. Furthermore, those who religiously engage in a physical fitness program have a higher chance of surviving cancer.
Cancer is a disease that strikes without warning. We might feel good today, but in the next week, or month, or year, our lives – God Forbid – can be suddenly turned upside down by cancer. There aren’t any assurances of completely preventing against the Big C, but taking a few minutes out of our day to make our body stronger is certainly going to do some sort of good…
Medical professionals have always said that proper diet and exercise play major roles in keeping our body fit and free from diseases. Cardiovascular exercises like biking, walking, jogging, swimming, and aerobic exercise raises our heart rate and contribute to keeping our cardiovascular system healthy. The heart is the organ that pumps blood throughout the body; a healthy heart efficiently pumps blood to all parts of the body and ensures that all other organs are functioning well too. This means that keeping our heart healthy reduces somewhat the possibility of us contracting a disease like cancer.
And as you’re reading this on our site, we’re taking it that your preferred form of cardiovascular exercise is biking.
So, what do you need to do?
The Journal of the American Medical Association study shows that pedaling steadily for at least 30 minutes raises our heart rate and exercises our heart muscles. It makes our heart muscles stronger and improves the delivery of blood and oxygen to the cells in our body. Improved oxygen supply results in our body cells becoming more efficient in burning fat and moving out toxins to the liver or the kidney, to be metabolized out of the body. Thus, our body remains healthy and free of toxins that can cause various types of disorders in our system.
A daily session on the trainer it is then!
A daily bike ride, particularly in the morning hours (read more about why you should be riding first thing in the morning), is an enjoyable way to exercise our heart and keep our body fit. Most of you probably started biking when you were kids, and may have given it up along the way when work, life, and kids got in the way. But once learned, this skill remains with us for life, so all we need to do is to pull our bikes out of storage, stick it on the trainer (easier than you think), and ride off to a healthier life!