1. Low impact exercise: weak knees or sensitive joints? Cycling is for you – it’s a low impact way to increase your heart rate and get in the recommended 20-60 minutes, 5 days a week of cardiovascular exercise.
2. Decrease cancer risk: studies have shown that increased exercise helps reduce the risk of colon and breast cancer. Choose to cycle!
3. Build strength: Many people falsely believe that cycling only works out the legs. This simply isn’t true – cycling works the whole body as you work to propel the bike forward. From the biceps to the abdominals, biking uses almost the whole body.
4. Lose weight: A steady bicycle pace burns about 300 calories per hour. Using this number, you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year biking 30 minutes per day.
5. Reduce stress: By raising your heart rate and focusing on a singular activity, biking can help you reduce stress and improve your mood.
Workout Wednesday blog posts are written by UNC Campus Recreation staff members. Each Wednesday we swap blog posts with the Tarheel Tone Up blog so that readers can view more diverse post topics that will benefit their health and wellness. Workout Wednesday blog posts can be found both here and on tarheeltoneup.com.