How Cycling Works!
Posted on July 31 2017
Get on the ‘saddle’ and save time, bust stress, burn fat, boost health, rescue environment, save money and the best of all, have fun! When it comes to health cycling is by far one of the best physical exercises there is.
While we cycle, we sure are burning fat but we are also toning some key muscles in our body. Keep reading to know more about the various muscles that you tone while pedalling on the ‘hot seat’.
With the right posture on the back one can correct various issue like lower back strain and fatigue. A strong core helps you balance and help you power your turns and control your bike. While cycling is a great way to strengthen your core, there are other exercises that one can practice regularly to strengthen their core like the Glute Bridge, front plank and mountain climbers.
Hamstrings and Quadriceps!
To enhance muscular balance and reduce potential injuries, strengthening your hamstrings and quads go a long way. Cycling, for the obvious reason is a great way to strengthen your hamstrings and quadriceps which together help in powering up pedalling. For instance, if you are cycling uphill, you instantly feel the burn in your quads.
The calf muscles or the ‘soleus’ and the ‘gastrocnemius’ are the muscles that help you pedal are best strengthened by cycling or strength training to add on. Some of the benefits of having strong calves are that they are instrumental in helping you pedal for longer durations and prevent injuries like shin splints. Some of the other calves strengthening exercises are ankle flexion and standing calf rises.
Tone your backside!
Don’t underestimate the potential of cycling on shaping your backside or ‘glutes’. You can increase intensity by either being on a spinning bike or by just uphill and you will up the ante for your backside. Some of the proven exercises to strengthen and shape your glutesand enhance your cycling potential are forward lunges, dumbbell stepups and bodyweight squats.
Now that you are more aware of the benefits of cycling, get back on the saddle and pedal your way to a more toned and fit body!