How Cycling Changed My Life for the Better
I have always been a fan of sports but I’ve never acknowledged that it is one of the many alleys where individuals may be able to enhance if not develop both physically and mentally. It was only a few months ago that I was made to realize this fact. By the time I am writing this, I already have a chosen or proposed sport which is cycling. To many, it is not considered a sport. However, with the fitness it has to offer, not to mention the numerous variations of cycling, it is definitely a sport.
As I mentioned, there are countless benefits both for health and fitness some of which I will mention before I tell my story. Cycling, compared to other sports, causes less strain. Still, it is considered a good muscle workout. Contrary to the image of most sports, cycling is easy to learn. It does not necessarily require special skills. I must say the obligatory claim that once you learn to ride a bicycle, you cannot forget or unlearn it.
According to a Sunday physio clinic in Melbourne, cycling as an activity enhances an individual’s overall strength and stamina as well as aerobic fitness. What is good about cycling is that the intensity is dependent on the cyclist’s preference. It may range from low intensity, when you just want to wander, up to high-intensity ones when you plan to consider it as a regular workout. Nonetheless, cycling is an enjoyable way to get fit – not that I am saying other ways of getting fit are not fun.
This activity has proven its worth in the field of health improvement particularly in the following instances. First, it has the ability to enhance one’s cardiovascular fitness. With constant movement wherein almost if not all of the body parts are being used, from eyes for sight until feet for paddling, increase endurance is assured. Second, in line with the first, this activity boosts the flexibility and joint mobility of the cyclist. Third, it fosters improvement of eye, hand and foot coordination. Fourth, it effectively reduces stress levels. Lastly, studies show that it also capable of lowering anxiety and depression as much as it lessens body fat.
Above the numerous benefits cycling has to offer, I loved biking as a pastime. I have trained a lot to be able to join professional cycling competitions. Aside from being a hobby and profession, the main reason why I started cycling is actually through an unconventional way. I have been diagnosed with a mild cardiovascular disease characterized by high blood pressure. If not immediately addressed, it may escalate to a worse one which may be manifested through a stroke.
As mentioned, cycling is known for being an effective means of improving a patient’s cardiovascular health. Though my condition back then was not alarming there were some symptoms which prompted me to go and see a doctor. It was recommended that I visit a physio clinic in Melbourne. I was given a tailor-fit treatment program.
I can vividly remember the practitioner claiming that cycling has been used since before to strengthen the endurance and performance of one’s heart and lungs. By engaging in this activity, blood circulation is nonetheless improved while it triggers the reduction of cardiovascular disease risks.
Given the multiple bodily movements, cycling certainly challenges heart muscles. However, one should not be worried the same way I was before. I mean, who wouldn’t be? I had a cardiovascular disease and yet they urged me to try out a sport which involved such. As I came to my senses and as the doctor explained it, cycling was recommended because it was proven effective in improving conditions like mine. At first, it was suggested that I spend no less than 8 hours per week for cycling. This program was supposed to energize and constantly revitalize the entirety of my mind and body as most sports do.
As I devote significant time to this activity to the point I actually invested in being a professional cyclist, I did encounter bumps on the road. Due to excessive enthusiasm to this sport, I carelessly undermined some precautions which led to mild to serious cycling injuries.
The day I had one of the worse injuries, I decided I would not be reckless in addressing these injuries. I went to a cycling physiotherapist, who’s from the same physio clinic which formerly recommended that I try cycling. Eventually, I learned that they were also into treating cycling related injuries.
Some of the most common ones are knee problems, body pains in general and the infamous anterior knee pain. In the physio clinic, I was treated by a professional who performed complete physical check-up before subjecting me into treatment programs. After undergoing those, in line with their assurance, my cycling unbelievably improved even after an awful injury.
People in the clinic even taught me techniques and practices in order to prevent or reduce the risk of accidents or injuries. Cycling done with diligence or a certain level of precaution can provide the best for one’s health. On the other hand, recklessness or excessiveness in this activity, which means not giving room for ample rest and setting of necessary precautions, can result to the contrary.