Why People Do Cycling
- You will sleep more deeply.
- You will look younger: cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing.
- Boosts your bowls: This helps decrease the time it takes food to move through the large intestine and limiting the amount of water absorbed back into your body and leaving you with softer stools which are easier to pass. Also helps protect you against bowel cancer.
- Increases your brain power: 5% improvement in cardio- respiratory fitness from cycling leads to an improvement of up to 15% in mental tests.
- Beat illness: Makes immune cells more active.
- Heal your heart: Regular cycling can cut your risk of heart disease by 50%. Cycling just 20 miles a week reduces your risk of heart disease to less than half.
- Weight loss.
Positive Benefits of Cycling
- Good muscle work out.
- Decreases stress levels.
- Strengthens bones.
- Reduces anxiety and depression.
- Decreases body fat levels.
- Cycling help protect serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity.
- Cycling can help prevent falls and fractures because it helps improves your balance.
Negative Benefits for Cycling
- Increases risk of injury.
- Lower back pain is common.
- Stress added to the back may cause chronic pain.
- Cyclist can suffer a lot of injuries to the tendons or muscles in the knee area.
- Can be in risk of an accident but it’s rare.
Supplements for Cyclists
- Whey protein
- Beta alanine: optimal dose is about 3 g a day
- Nitrate: Found in beetroot juice
- Vitamin D
- Electrolytes: Salts and Minerals
- Fish oils
Foods for Cyclist
- Round out your diet with lean protein and a small amount of fat.
- Eat a good breakfast like porridge, cereal, muesli, toast, honey, jam, bananas, fruit juice, and many more.
- Drink 8 to 12 ounces of fluids before you ride.
- While riding you should carry gel packs and or energy bars so you can load up carbohydrates.
- Avoid processed and sugar.
- Avoid over-training and under eating.