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Why Cycling is Good for Us?


What is your favorite activity on weekend? My son and I love to ride bicycle in the morning, especially on weekend. Morning ride makes our inner blood flowing. It wakes up our body. Study has proven than morning rides can create more encouragement. It also can increase our happiness level.

Health benefits of regular cycling:

  • Increased cardiovascular fitness.
  • Increased muscle strength and flexibility.
  • Improved joint mobility.
  • Decreased stress levels.
  • Improved posture and coordination.
  • Strengthened bones.
  • Decreased body fat levels.
  • Prevention or management of disease.

By the way, who invented the bicycle?

Let me tell you a short history of the bicycle. Some people think the bicycle made by the Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci who lived in the late 1400s and early 1500s. A German baron named Karl von Drais made the first major development when he created a steerable, two-wheeled contraption in 1817. This early invention has made Drais widely acknowledged as the father of the bicycle. In 1839, a Scottish blacksmith named Kirkpatrick Macmillan added pedals to a two-wheeled. It had wooden wheels. Inventors tried to make better bicycles. Bicycles in the 1870s had huge front wheels and tiny back wheels. The safety bicycle was invented in the late 1800s. Both wheels were the same size, so it was easy to ride. (Microsoft Encyclopedia 2007)

Nowadays, bicycling then becomes very popular. There are different kind of bicycles, such as; touring, mountain, hybrid, utility, racing, and specialty bicycles. I have two type of bicycles; mountain bike (MTB) and BMX bicycle. 

Mountain bikes are for riding off-road on dirt trails. The frame of a mountain bicycle is usually smaller and stronger than a touring bicycle frame. Most mountain bikes have flat handlebars. They have wide, knobby tires for going over rocks. They have a large selection of gears. Some mountain bikes have shock absorbents. Springs attached to the front or rear wheels make it easier to go over big bumps.

Bicycle-motocross (BMX) bicycles are modeled after dirt bike motorcycles. BMXs are popular among young people. Freestyle stunt bicycles have very strong frames and handlebars. Stunt bikes can spin completely around. Can I do the same thing? LOL

Whatever your type of bike is. Kim Chronister, PsyD, a psychologist said that when we ride, we get a spike in neurochemicals such as serotonin and dopamine that relieve pain and improve mood. We also get a hit of endorphins which can trigger the same receptors in our brain as some pain medicines. Wow! That's really good, isn't it?

So, let's do this! Cycling is so much fun! 

Comments

  1. dulu aku juga punya sepeda BMX,kesekolah, bermain dan jalan sama teman teman pake sepeda, semenjak udah jadi ibu tak pernah lagi bersepeda heehh udah gak kuat ngengkolnya.

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  2. i dont have bicycle, but someday i wanna it.
    and true, Cycling is so much fun!

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  3. Tidak hanya seru, menyenangkan dan bikin tubuh jadi sehat. Bersepeda juga merupakan peninggalan budaya sebagian kota besar di Indonesia. Pada masanya, sepeda pernah menjadi aset transportasi elit.

    Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. It's a Freedom!

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  4. Sepakat banget mbak. Meskipun aq udah lama ga sepedaan. Sepeda di rumah belum dibenerin nih. Udah lama rusak. Jadi pingin benerin atau beli sepeda baru

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  5. Menarik juga nih kalau punya dua sepeda yang pernah jadi idaman pada masanya, ada MTB dan BMX. Tapi kalau aku sih lebih prefer ke MTB ya Kak, karena style-nya yang tangguh cocok digunakan di segala medan. Kalau BMX memang cocok buat di gang-gang kecil atau jalanan sempit perkotaan.

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  6. Saya nggak bisa bersepeda di sini karena tinggal di daerah perbukitan yang jalannya naik turun lumayan curam. Ke mana-mana pake motor mau nggak mau. Dulu pas masih tinggal di Tangerang ke mana saja bisa pakai sepeda. Praktis ramah lingkungan, bikin sehat.

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  7. I always riding a bike every Sunday when I was in elementary school and junior high school. But now? I never did it anymore.OMG honestly I missing my past. Riding a bike, going to somewhere with my friend, and create the happiness with our way :(

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  8. Yess, kesukaan olahraga aku ini bermain sepeda... Benar-benar bikin mood kembali baik lagi, kadang sih kalau udh lama2 gak main lagi terasa banget kalau dibawa jauh2 capeknya. Ahh benar bermain sepeda bagus buat kita ya kak

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  9. I do love cycling too. But now i dont have any bicycle hehe. So happy to see you cycling with Vito. Enjoy your quality time :)

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  10. Aku pun suka sepedahaan, klo sepedahan tuh rasanya bisa jadi lebih hepi ajaaa, apalagi kalo kena angin sepoi-sepoi hahahha

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  11. Only 2 kind of cardio I like: Swimming and bicycling haha. Thanks for writing in English here, make me inspired to take care my another English blog hiks

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  12. Bersepeda ini jadi kegiatan mengasikkan memang, apalagi bareng² dan tetep prokes pastinya

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  13. I agree with all those benefits of regular cycling. For those introvert people, cycling is not just a sport, but it's also a way of self-healing and refreshing the mind. Huge thanks foe this blogpost, Kak!

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  14. Saya sendiri baru punya sepeda mini, pengen banget punya sepeda gunung. Saya suka dengan sepeda dengan keranjang di depannya karena bisa buat menaruh barang-barang, sehingga lebih mudah.

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  15. Pernah punya BMX dan sepeda gunung, dua-duanya buat pergi main. Kalau buat sepedaan jarak jauh pakai sepeda gunung, dan menyenangkan ngelewatin sawah, pasar, stasiun kereta kecil, dll. Jadi kangen :)

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  16. Absolutely! Cycling is not only a great form of exercise and transportation but also a fantastic way to boost mental well-being.

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  17. Bersepeda itu terlihat seru tapi pas bener-bener dilakukan capek juga yah. Apalagi pas turunan saya takut banget, takut jatuh.

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