Mountain Top Cycling Club

Woodland Park, CO

Mountain Biking Health Benefits

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Mountain biking is not only a great way to get in shape, but it is a very sociable, exciting and adrenaline-pumping activity which allows you to explore nature and see picturesque sites. This is what we at the Mountain Top Cyling Club love the most about biking – it isn’t only an adventure, but it can also help you stay fit.

If you have always been an active person who enjoys spending their weekends cycling through gorgeous forest and mountain trails, compared to some of your friends who prefer to relax at home playing at and watching films, then you’ll be pleased to know that your number 1 hobby has some fantastic health benefits.

Mountain biking has an array of physical and emotional health benefits. It is a vigorous activity which can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour. Of course this depends on your speed, your intensity, the terrain and weather conditions. If you are cycling uphill on rocky terrain on a hot day then you’ll burn many more calories than you would on a flat tarmac path on a cool day.

If you like to test your stamina and strength then cycling uphill is perfect for this. Not only does this type of cycling build up your muscle strength, but it also improves your cardiovascular health and your endurance. It’s thought that mountain biking 2 to 3 hours a week can improve your lung capacity by up to 20 percent; so you’ll soon find that hiking up stairs is a breeze!

When you cycle, your heart rate is slowly increased at a safe and steady rate, which is an excellent workout for your cardiovascular system. It has been discovered that cycling regularly could increase your cardiovascular fitness by 3-7%.

Regular cycling also benefits your emotional well-being as it relives stress, increases self-esteem and offers a sense of challenge and adventure. It can also help you build a strong community since it’s a very sociable sport.

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