Ten reasons mountain biking is healthy for you

Ten reasons mountain biking is healthy for you

It’s challenging, sociable and offers a great workout. Suitable for everyone, any age or level of fitness, biking helps weight loss as it burns calories, improves health and gets you out and about.

  1. Mountain Biking is one of the easiest ways to exercise

    You can ride your mountain bike almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune.  Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learned you don’t forget.  All you need is a bike, a half an hour here or there when it suits, and a bit of confidence.

  2. Mountain biking builds over-all strength and body tone

    Mountain biking does not just involve the legs. Every part of the body is involved in cycling.

  3. Mountain biking gradually increases muscle tone

    Cycling improves general muscle function gradually and depending on where you ride there is a low risk of over exercise or strain. Regular mountain biking strengthens leg muscles and is great for the mobility of hip and knee joints.  You gradually see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, rear end and hips – it’s great for trimming some weigh off your butt.

  4. Mountain Biking builds stamina

    It is a great way to build stamina.  Regular mountain biking becomes a habit, you butt gets used the seat and so it all becomes a lot more enjoyable and you don’t even notice that it’s easier and you can further than you did last time.

  5. Mountain biking improves cardio-vascular fitness

    Biking makes the heart beat faster, in a steady manner and helps improve cardio-vascular fitness.  For example, studies have shown that cycling to work will increase cardiovascular fitness by 3-7%. Cycling uses the largest muscle groups the legs, raising heart rate to benefit stamina and fitness.

  6. Biking eats up calories

    Biking is a really effective way to lose unwanted kilos. Steady biking burns approximately 300-600 calories per hour. If you cycle for 40 minutes every day you would burn up to 10kg of fat in a year. Since it helps build muscle, biking will also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve finished your ride (or in other words, you’re still burning up calories event after you finished).

  7. Biking improves heart health

    According to the British Medical Association, cycling just 30km a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. A major UK study of 10,000 civil servants suggested that those who biked 30km a week were half as likely to suffer heart disease as their non-cycling colleagues.

  8. Biking improves coordination

    Cycling but especially mountain biking, is an activity that involves the whole body. Therefore, arm-to-leg, feet-to-hands and body-to-eye coordination are improved.

  9. It reduces stress

    Any regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve wellbeing.  Mountain biking is a great way to be one with nature and our planet. It takes your mind away from everyday life, stress and rejuvenates his soul.

  10. Biking is the perfect base training

    Biking is a base training activity - endurance and aerobic training at the same time. Incorporate other fitness activities like circuit training or team sports so you complement the benefits of biking.

  11. Bonus:  It’s a great sport to do with your mates

An evening or weekend ride is always better with your partner, family or friends.  Not only getting your body in top shape but also your relationships.