Healthy lifestyle

Walk or bike: healthy reasons to give up the car

Today, September 22 – world car free day. On this day, the public attention focuses on the benefits of Cycling and walking. Let’s look at what good health can bring walking or frequent walking and Cycling.

The bike is a healthy and economical alternative to the car

Besides the fact that vehicles are a common cause of human death in road traffic accidents, pollute the environment, the car harms the motorist. A frequent presence behind the wheel is the equivalent of sedentary lifestyle: the doctors there are about 20 diseases that are typical only for motorists. Professional drivers, conducting a day more than 3 hours, are more likely to suffer from colds. In second place among fans of the “spin the wheel” – a spinal hernia and degenerative disc disease, and the third – diseases of the heart, blood vessels and digestive organs.

The bike can be healthy and cost effective alternative: for example. In the developed countries of Europe by Bicycle decided to ride to work, courier work, and not just to ride for fun. Cycling will help in diseases of the blood vessels, weak vestibular apparatus, strengthen the nervous system and vision. Cycling is a great way to strengthen the immune system, tempering the body, to get rid of excess weight. Especially recommended Cycling smokers.

Recommended for Hiking and walking

The use of fresh air is proven: if the morning walk to work, it is possible to cheer up, to recharge for the day, along the way dropping extra pounds. Evening walking will help you relax and relieve fatigue, strengthen the immune system and get rid of apathy. Especially useful for Hiking in sedentary work, as well as prevention of diseases of the prostate, uterus and ovaries.

Biking and Hiking: where to start who should not?

If you have decided to spend more time walking or to sit on the bike, it is important to take into account their individual abilities and health status. The long walk is contraindicated in hypertension, arrhythmia, diabetes, kidney disease, serious eye diseases – glaucoma and the risk of retinal detachment, colds. Cycling also does not fit all. Doctors do not recommend to sit on the bike:

  • at pathologies of the joints, ligaments, intervertebral discs and tissues
  • when the scoliosis is moderate and severe
  • when the prolapse of the kidney
  • pregnant
  • during exacerbation of peptic ulcer disease, varices (especially of the running States with the threat of removal of a blood clot).

Hiking can last from 20 minutes (for those who rarely walks and has a chronic illness) to 30-40 minutes, increasing the duration of walking gradually. If you have not ridden a bike, and don’t exercise regularly, then just sit on the bike not worth it. Start doing exercises in the morning, focusing more on exercises for back and legs. After a couple weeks of daily morning workouts, try to sit on the bike. Just don’t forget to check its serviceability, adjust the seat, steering wheel, take breaks to relax and do not ride on a full stomach!