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Three Health Benefits of Cycling Uphill
Bicycle riding is one of the easiest ways that an athlete can get exercise, and it can help him or her maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although an athlete can cycle just about anywhere, he or she should be cycling on an incline, especially if he or she wants to experience even better health benefits.
Here are three of the biggest health benefits that an athlete can experience if he or she rides a bicycle uphill.
Improves Muscular Endurance
An athlete that rides his or her bicycle uphill will have an improved muscular endurance, which can help him or her exert less energy during exercise. The resistance that riding up a hill provides an athlete will decrease his or her lactic acid buildup in the muscles over time, which means he or she will not feel burning sensations as often during the uphill climb. The muscles will begin to get used to the resistance of the hill, which can allow an athlete to gradually ride his or her bicycle longer, without experiencing muscle pain or fatigue. If an athlete has increased muscular endurance, he or she will be able to participate in exercise or sports longer, and will also be able to exert less energy during the activity.
Improves Overall Strength
An athlete that rides his or her bicycle on an incline will be improving his or her overall strength, since riding on an incline requires a higher level of fitness. When an athlete rides his or her bike on an incline, his or her leg muscles, arm muscles, foot muscles, and back muscles, will be working at a more intense rate to reach the top of the hill. An athlete will notice that his or her leg muscles look bigger on the outside, especially the calf and thigh muscles, since these muscles are primarily responsible for getting him or her up the hill. An athlete will also increase his or her strength since there is more resistance riding a bicycle up a hill, which requires him or her to exert more force and power. When an athlete first begins riding a bicycle up a hill, he or she should not ride his or her bike for long, since his or her muscles will likely become sore after being worked out so much.
An athlete that rides a bicycle uphill is also going to notice an increase in coordination, which can help him or her during athletic activity. When an athlete bicycles on an incline, he or she is going to have to use his or her balance to stay upright on the bicycle, which will help him or her learn better balancing techniques. If an athlete fails to stay balanced on the bicycle, he or she will likely tip over, especially when he or she gets closer to the top of the hill. An increase in coordination can help an athlete become better at sports, improve his or her flexibility, and can also improve his or her mental focus during exercise.
Jeanne Rose worked as a dietary clerk in a hospital for three years, went to vocational school for Allied Health, and obtained certification in nurse assisting.
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