Cycling is one of the best ways to develop your heart and lungs

We all know that cycling is a wonderful recreational activity; but did you know that cycling also has been proven to increase your level of health in many ways. In fact, cycling is one of the best ways to develop your heart and lungs. In this age of increasing incidences of heart attacks and breathing problems that’s a big message. One worth repeating: cycling is one of the best ways to develop your heart and lungs.

Cycling is a wonderful recreational activity that has been proven to be healthy in many ways. It is a wonderful low impact activity for your heart and lungs as referenced at betterhealth. Additionally A large study published in the British Medical Association, found that regular cycling can substantially lower the incidence of coronary heart disease in half. That’s a pretty amazing statistic! And those are just two of the many studies that relate cycling to improved overall health as well as improved heart and lung health.

I have a personal story to share. At the age of 20 I had a very severe nose infection. I was prescribed what I can only describe as a toxic mix of prescription medicines as a cure. Unfortunately, because the medicine had such a detrimental effect on me I ended up developing what is called ventricular tachycardia. This is a condition where the heart beats at an abnormal or irregular rhythm (sometimes in excess of 180 beats per minute) known as arrhythmia. I didn’t just have arrhythmia, I had violent arrhythmia. It was so intense that I collapsed on my way to see a doctor. I believe that I was lucky enough to be able to tell the tale. But it took me years to recover. However, cycling became my medicine of choice. By my early 20’s I was fully recovered and I give the credit to my first cross country bicycle tour. So, you can see why I am such a promoter of cycling for heart health. I also credit it for letting me realize the power of improved lung capacity.

I have cycled regularly and actively for more than 20 years. After a month of cycling an average of 15+ miles per day, I can feel my lungs expand. Once my lungs have expanded everything changes for me. I feel great! I am able to do everything better: running, thinking, even playing chess. I imagine the extra oxygen molecules going into my blood and circulating to my muscles and my brain like nano-energizers. It’s like receiving energy food that feeds me the essentials I need to perform at a higher standard.

Try cycling for your health; you’re going to love it.

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