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Cycling is a good activity to do for aerobic fitness. Many people do cross training which includes cycling. It is a good non-impact exercise and does not put much stress on your joints. It is a good way for people to exercise who have injuries from weight bearing activities or have leg problems.
 
Equipment
Bikes

Cruising/Touring bikes are designed for the average, recreational rider, featuring 18 to 21 speeds. These bikes are built for comfort on long rides.

Road bikes are designed for riding and racing on paved surfaces, so they're larger, yet with lighter frames (about 10kg). Road bikes have at least 16 speeds and narrower tires.  The higher-end models are lighter and are made from carbon fibre. These bikes can weigh less than 7kg.

The RVs of the cycling world, mountain bikes are designed for off-road riding on dirt trails and through woods. Tires are wide for traction, and the bikes are heavy, averaging 18kg. These bikes come with 18 to 24 speeds.

Clothes

  • Bike Shorts

If you are riding long distances it is important to have shorts made for cycling. A smooth leather chamois or synthetic liner will help to reduce the discomfort, especially if it is padded.

  • Gloves

Gloves provide you with a nonslip grip, cushion your hands from nerve damage, give you something to wipe sweat and runny noses with and also save your palms in a fall. The fingerless gloves are the most common.

  • Shirts

You can wear almost any shirt, although more than 70% of drag is caused from wind resistance of the body. You can reduce this by wearing things made of lycra or other form fitting materials.

 

Benefits
 
  • Improving strength, stamina and cardio-vascular fitness. Cycling helps to lower both blood pressure and the resting heart rate.

  • Shedding those unwanted kilos. A cycle ride increases calorie consumption and raises the metabolic rate, which can help to lose weight.

  • Improving balance and co-ordination.

  • Promoting psychological well-being. Several studies have shown that exercise helps reduce stress, improves a general sense of  well-being and improves mental capacities.

  • A cyclist will have greater protection from:

    • Heart failure. Exercise provides the single most effective protective factor for coronary heart disease.

    • Strokes. Cycling helps to reduce high blood pressure, a condition which significantly increases the change of someone having a stroke.

    • Falls, fractures and injuries. A cyclist has a reduced chance of an accident because of improvements in strength and co-ordination.

    • Dangers of pollution. Cyclists and pedestrians absorb lower levels of pollutants from traffic fumes than other road users.

    • Cancer and diabetes. Research indicates exercise reduces the risk of developing colon cancer and can also protect against diabetes.

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