Two wheels to good health: Here’s why you should make cycling a daily habit

Cycling remains one of the most popular ways to exercise and get around. We get experts to explore its pros and cons.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 30, 2016 08:42 IST
Susan Jose
Susan Jose
Hindustan Times
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Indoor and outdoor cycling are a great way for mental and physical well-being.(Istock)

Britney Spears recently joined several other cyclists at an event called Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me Charity Ride” in Boca Park, California, USA, to raise money for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. She reportedly completed a 45-minute cycling session on a stationary bicycle at the event. Britney’s stint has helped bring the spotlight on cycling once again as one of the most effective forms of exercise.

Swapneel Hazare, fitness expert, Prosport Fitness Centre, Lower Parel and Andheri (W), cites three major benefits of cycling. “Cycling benefits both mental and physical health. This form of a fun and low-impact exercise can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is also one of the most functional ways to combine work and exercise. For example, you can ride to office or your college on your bicycle,” he says.

However, there are certain types of people who should avoid this form of exercising.

As cycling is a fun exercise, people often tend to overdo it. Shiraz Siddiqui, fitness trainer and co-founder of The Gene Box, Mulund (W), says, “People may cycle too much if they go overboard while practicing for competitions, triathlons or an event. Overexertion happens only during unplanned training sessions and if you’re not training under a professional,” he says.

Siddiqui adds that if you aren’t feeling well, have low immunity or have trouble sleeping, and feel fatigued or lethargic, then it’s a sign that you may be going overboard.

— With inputs from Dr Imran Mansuri, physiotherapist, SRV Hospital, Goregaon (W), and Dr Tejas Upasani, joint replacement surgeon, Upasani Hospital, Mulund (W).

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First Published: Nov 29, 2016 20:39 IST