Cycling is one of the most accessible sports that increase cardiovascular health, strengthens the immune system and increases your overall health, however with this cycling does come with its own low-impact drawbacks. Cycling is also one of the better ways to stay in shape now-a-days and it also makes it very efficient way to get around for those who cannot afford a car or those who are very conscious about the earths ozone layer. We have compiled a list of pro’s and cons comparing the goods and bads of cycling and visually see which one outweighs the other.
Pros Of Cycling
Bicycling is one the most easiest sports to get into, and an activity that most people learn to do even as children. Even if you haven’t ridden a bike in years or what feels like forever, your muscle memory kicks in and enables you to get back onto a bike feeling like you have been riding a bike consistently for the past 10 years! To get started is also extremely easy, whether you need training wheelsor you get the hang of it from the first few go’s riding a bike is fairly simple. You just need to apply a little bit of balance and you will start feeling the ride much more naturally.
The Health Benefits Are Many
Cycling carries many health benefits that include: strengthened cardiovascular muscle, increase muscle strength and flexibility, increased joint mobility, decreased stress levels, improved coordination and posture, decrease body fat levels, increase immune system, reduced anxiety and depression.
Reduce Carbon Emissions
If you are one of those kinds of people that are very conscious about the earths environment and the state of the ice glaciers. Then choosing bicycling as a mode of transportation is great for you. Not only are you helping reduce emissions but you are also giving yourself a great exercise while also helping your mental mind.
Cons Of Cycling
Serious Accidents Can Happen
It is rare for those that leisurely ride around to get into an extreme accident, but these things do still happen. Accidents may involve crashing into cars, pedestrians, or just caused by going to fast and impurities on the road you are riding on. To avoid serious injuries from these kinds of accidents are to ensure that you are wearing protective gear such as a helmet – which protects one of the most important parts of your body, your head.
Unfortunately for the majority of us there are very bad people out there that are willing to steal anything without a doubt. Especially when they see a bike unattended they will try to steal it as bikes are valuable. However preventing your bike from being stolen is easy, you just need to buy a bike lock and attach it to something sturdy, something that is already solid to the ground. So even if the stealer were to go and rip the bike off from the lock they wont be able to since the anchor is stuck to the ground. Another method of reducing the impact of theft is renting a bike instead of buying one. When I went to San Diego I found a great place to rent bikes.
Check out synaptic Cycle’s road bike rental service in Orange County if you’re ever in that area (link removed, you can’t rent there anymore, sorry)
Overall the pros of bicycling heavily outweighs the cons, as you are not only benefiting yourself but you are also benefiting the world.