Biking, whether on a stationary bike, cruising on the boardwalk, or mountain biking, is one of the only few exercises that simultaneously work out your muscles and work out your cardiovascular system.
Which Muscles Does Biking Impact?
There are several different muscle groups that taking a bike ride activates. The pedaling motion of riding a bike activates the following muscles groups:
- calf muscles
- hip flexors
- guteus maximus
If you are riding outdoor fand keeping your balance, the following muscles groups are activated to assist in support and stability:
- abdominal muscles
- arm muscles
- chest and shoulder
- back muscles
Benefits of Cardio-Vascular Exercise
As previously mentioned, biking also is a cardiovascular exercise. Cardiovascular refers to your heart and lungs. These are two very strong muscles that also need to be worked Cardiovascular exercise is important because it helps create stronger heart and lungs and has other benefits such as:
- weight loss
- higher bone density
- reduced stress
- relief from anxiety and depression
- better sleep
- more energy
- reduced risk of heart disease
If you are looking for an exercise that can help tone your muscles as well as help your cardiovascular strength then consider biking. It doesn’t matter if you are on a stationary bike at the gym or using a mountain bike to explore the wild, the health benefits are clear.