It seems that the advances in science and technology have made life easy for people: transportation that takes us wherever we want to go, machines, appliances, and gadgets that make work easy. Particularly, with the advent of the internet, almost everything can be done online: reading, studying, online banking, and even shopping. The ease of life, however, has made more people live a sedentary lifestyle.
Living a sedentary lifestyle creates health problems for people such as obesity, cardiorespiratory diseases, stress, and diabetes among others. Realizing the need for a more active lifestyle, more people are now getting into health and fitness programs to improve their health conditions and to keep themselves fit.
People who exercise regularly attest that they function much better at work. They are often found to have a better disposition in life. Perhaps it is because of the fact that when people exercise, they not only sweat off all the toxins and burn all those calories in their body, but they also release all the stresses they experience at home, school, or at work. Through a good cardiovascular workout, the force of oxygen in the brain somehow clears the head, improves blood circulation and thus releases a lot of those tensions in the muscles. One good cardiovascular exercise that you might want to try is outdoor cycling or bike riding.
Cycling is a low impact exercise that does not strain or puts too much pressure on the joints unlike in running, walking, and weight training. This means that with cycling, you can have a longer exercise time which translates to more calories burned than with running or jogging.
However, some people are afraid to try out cycling as exercise. Among their fears include:
· There might not be a bike that can hold me.
· I might look awkward since I am not good at riding a bike.
· I am scared getting on the road.
These issues are not real problems, really. There are bicycles for big riders and bike shops can help you with the bicycle that fits you. When afraid of looking awkward or falling, you can practice riding your bike right inside your yard until you get the confidence to ride farther from your house. You may practice at your nearby park where there is less traffic. As you keep on practicing you will find yourself being more confident to ride your bicycle. What’s fun is, you can ride along with your friends and family