A Growing Number Of Cycling Enthusiasts
Posted by Nancy on May 11, 2011
While the sport of cycling has been around for a very long time, it has never enjoyed such widespread interest as it does today. From that day in Paris in the year 1818 when the first bicycle was shown on exhibit, cycling has continued to attract enthusiasts.
Cycling is a relatively easy sport to master and it appeals to the young and the old alike. Some people find it an pleasant way to unwind by taking it at a leisurely pace while others are constantly challenging themselves to go at a faster speed for longer periods of time covering ever more difficult terrain. While some individuals are content to throw on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt when they cycle, others are dressed in the latest cycling shorts and cycling jerseys. Regardless of what one wears, cycling can provide a number of profound benefits.
There are a number of reasons for the popularity of this sport, including the fact that it is an immensely enjoyable outdoor activity that can be done with minimal equipment and nominal cost. Besides being fun, it is considered by many to be one of the best forms of exercise. Cycling promotes a healthy heart and lungs, lowers blood pressure, increases muscle strength, builds stronger bones and improves stamina. Because it is possible to burn between 400-500 calories an hour, it is also a great way to lose some unwanted weight. Success stories abound of individuals who have lose weight and toned up by being a cycling participant. Former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, lost 100 pounds in a years time and credits cycling for a good deal of his success.
With the arrival of warm weather, many more individuals will be getting out their bicycles. Some estimates put the number of bicycle riding enthusiasts at over 43 million in the United States alone. With all the benefits associated with this activity, it is no wonder that it continues to grow in popularity.