Cycling has some amazing benefits, especially for adults. For one thing it can be used to prevent debilitative processes from gaining a foot hold, or to manage those that already exist. Everybody knows that cycling significantly improves heart function, reducing the incidence of cardiovascular illness or events. It’s also an excellent recovery tool because you can start as slowly as you like and build up your endurance over time.
It also increases both flexibility and muscle strength and helps to free up stiff joints. While the old adage “use it or lose it” still applies, in this case you might modify that expression to say “use it and recover the full-use of it!”
Even more, it contributes to lowered stress, anxiety, and depression when the body releases endorphins as a reward for healthy exercise. It enhances your proprioception (your awareness of where your body parts are, without the need to look) making you more graceful and coordinated. It can even improve your posture and strengthen your bones as they respond to the increased stresses.
Cycling is also an incredibly efficient way to get around, reducing your impact on the environment. In point of fact, the bicycle was once described as the most efficient machine ever invented to move a human body around, and is equally efficacious for moving cargo in terms of energy per pound. Aside from a very modest amount of energy expended on balancing, virtually all of the effort goes towards providing propulsion while supporting the body (or cargo) weight. The bicycle is nothing less than an engineering miracle.
Cycling gives you improved stamina, yet it is a low impact activity that doesn’t get you tackled like a football player, or give you back troubles like a golfer. It can be done alone or in groups; it can be intense or leisurely; and it can save you a ton of money when you just want to dash down to the store to pick up some fresh vegetables for dinner.
It can fit your lifestyle
If you have the time and inclination you can cycle to and from work every day. That will certainly make a massive contribution to your overall health. Some people, however, live too far away from their jobs in order to cycle every day. Scooting around the neighborhood on weekends can certainly help, but what can you do during the rest of the week?
Working it out at work
When it first came to the public’s attention, the idea of having an exercise bicycle in the office was considered rather strange. That must be something that those lemon-grass & kale health-drink swilling computer people did out in Silicon Valley. Well, maybe it was, at first, but the whole idea has evolved to a new level.
Our society has had it brought home to them in no uncertain terms that they are really out of shape, especially by the notion that 70 and 80 year old parents are attending funerals for their profoundly overweight 50 year old children. That was finally shocking enough to shake people out of their stupor and seriously consider their health again.
A bicycle built into an office chair suddenly didn’t seem so outrageous. Here was a low impact activity that could be a major step in the right direction. People that couldn’t manage a flight of stairs could peddle a little bit while they worked, and in just a week or so, could keep it up for a long period of time. They were actually getting better!
Soon that staircase didn’t look insurmountable—it was a challenge—and they were going to climb that single flight of stairs every day! But even if you are not ridiculously out of shape, it still has amazing benefits.
It keeps the blood circulating; it prevents Deep Venous Thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) and potential strokes; it enhances concentration and makes it easier to think; it’s also completely silent. It doesn’t make you sweat, so you’re always fresh for the next meeting, and it doesn’t take up a lot of space in an office.
With all the significant gains provided by increasing your activity level, it’s hard to imagine that anybody would not want a desk bike of their very own. The pro-v9u, for example, can complement a standing desk so you can get out of your conventional chair and still get your work done
On the other hand, you might consider the all-in-one desk bike, which can be either a standing desk or a bike desk where you can peddle away to keep that blood flowing.