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The Benefits of Cycling

The old saying “you never forget how to ride a bike” is so true and this is a very easy sport to participate in no matter your fitness level. Cycling is a fun-loving, socially-oriented activity. It gets you outside and there are numerous cycling groups in your local communities in which you can join.
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These cycling groups provide knowledge of the sport and encouragement to not only get started but to grow your own knowledge of cycling. It offers a great networking opportunity and allows you to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life. Cycling provides you the opportunity to increase both physical and mental fitness.

Here are some of the main benefits:

Cycling is Low Impact – Even though you are using muscles, you are not pounding the road like you do when running.

Improves Mental Well-Being – In addition to the release of adrenalin and endorphins, you get to be outside and take in the many views of your surroundings. This in itself will take your mind off the day to day grind and help alleviate anxiety.

Promotes Weight Loss – Cycling can burn between 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on intensity and weight of the rider. If you enjoy cycling you will find that burning calories is easy and if you eat well you will lose weight.

Build Muscle – Can build muscles all over the body since cycling requires core strength and balance and the use of your legs on the upstroke and downstroke.

Cut the Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease – Recent Studies show that Cycling can cut the risk of Heart Disease and Cancer in half. There are many studies available to read online, do your research and understand how this sport can benefit you.

Better Sleep – Simply tiring yourself out from cycling will help promote sleep and might even have you calling for nap periods.

Strengthen the Immune System – Mild exercise can produce essential proteins and wake up the white blood cells.

Gain a Social Network – Most local bike shops offer group rides and classes for all levels of cyclists. Check your local bike shops, go for a ride and afterward you can grab a cup of coffee, pizza or nice cold beverage of choice.

Safety and Equipment

When it comes to safety and equipment, we highly encourage you to seek the advice of a local bicycle shop to be properly fitted and measured correctly before deciding on the purchase of a bike. Cycling may seem easy and most people think they can hop on a bike and just hit the road. If your seat is too low or too high, it can impact your hips and knees and cause pain. If the handlebars aren’t positioned correctly, it can cause hand, shoulder and neck pain. 

Take our advice, talk with a professional and take all the proper steps to be fitted properly so you can ride safely on the road. 

Invest in a helmet, gloves, and a water bottle so you can stay hydrated on your ride. Pick up literature on the rules of the road and understand all the hand signals to use while riding in traffic. Although you make think of yourself a pedestrian and you have the right away, a cyclist must always obey the traffic laws of vehicular traffic.

Are you ready for Cycling? Join Team Purple Crank for a ride, we ride almost every weekend in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area. Contact us if you are interested via email at

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