Cycling – Nine Excuses Why Not to Ride
You can not ride in the rain, riding is not burning fat, it is a really expensive hobby and the seat hurts fertility. nine myths and unfounded excuses that keep us from riding a bike.
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Cycling is gaining popularity worldwide. There are more bike lanes, designated routes and groups of riders. However, apparently there are still some myths and excuses that prevent some people from engaging fully in this sport. So lets come on and refute them one by one.
1. You can not ride in the rain
Of course you can, even in the relatively stormy winter taking place this year. To do this there are special supplies and equipments to riding in all weather conditions, including garments that “breathe”, raincoats, equipment to cover every body and warm clothing. Just do not forget that the road may be slippery and you should be a little more careful, just like motorcyclists and car drivers.
No one has died of some rain.
2. Riding in the rain will make you catch a cold
As many already know – the diseases are created by viruses and bacteria, not cold. So it is more likely to catch a cold if you sit at work with a sick person or spend half an hour by bus loaded with passengers. If that is not enough – studies show that people who engage in moderate exercise, like cycling, are more resistant to disease.
3. Short cycling does not burn fat
Many desire aerobic activities to reduce their weight, and believe that riding requires a long training time each day. The truth is that it is just a matter of convenience – if you will be riding with high intensity you will burn calories and fat, even in a relatively short training time.
4. Bicycles are an expensive hobby
Only if you are a spender. Because if not, simple bike will do the job just as well as branded and ostentatious luxury. So you look at the budget and invest accordingly, no reason to jump over the belly button. And do not forget that every day you ride, is a day you have not paid for parking, gasoline or public transportation.
Bikes are expensive – only if you are a spender
6. Sitting on a bicycle, causing pain in the back
Absolutely not true. Cyclists do not suffer from back pain more than those who are not involved in this sport, and moreover – cycling loads less than running on the back and possible for those who suffer from back pain.
7. It only activates the leg muscles
All muscles work during cycling: muscles of the back are working particularly hard while climbing a hill. Upper body muscles are working well during mountain bike riding. Abdominal muscles straining to keep the internal organs, and to some extent you even activate your hands.
8. Cycling affects male fertility
Today there are special seats designed to reduce pressure on the groin and pelvis, so this is definitely a legend. However, even without them, there is no research showing a link between non-infertility in men and cycling
Not bad for the knees, even helps them
9. Cycling hurts the knees
On the contrary. Cycling is healthy to the knees, and is part of the process of rehabilitation of athletes who suffer from lower limbs problems. However, it is important to adjust the seat height and distance off the bars, to prevent pain.