Health Benefits of Cycling

Hiawatha Franks is a long time member of the insurance claims industry and is currently a Claims Director at The Hartford in Lake Mary, Florida.

In his free time, Hiawatha Franks is a fitness enthusiast, especially when it comes to cycling. Since cycling is a holistic activity, there are many health benefits including:

Hiawatha Franks is an avid cyclistBuilding Strength and Muscle Tone- Since every part of the body is involved in cycling, it can gradually increase strength and muscle tone without strain. The muscle tone in legs, rear, hips, and thighs are especially likely to gain definition.

Reduces Stress- Cycling is a good way to connect with nature and rejuvenate the soul. As with any exercise, it can improve a person’s overall well being, including reducing stress and depression. Hiawatha Franks cycles to cope with any stress he is feeling; work related or otherwise.

Improves Cardiovascular Fitness- Since your heart is pounding steadily during cycling, it can help improve cardiovascular fitness. Cycling regularly improves heart health, lungs and circulation, and reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack. In fact, according to adultbicycling.com, those who cycles to work increased their cardio fitness by 3-7%.

Burns Calories- Steadily cycling can help individuals lose weight, as it burns nearly 300 calories per hour. Cycling daily for 30 minutes can result in a loss of 11 pounds per year. Since you are building muscle, it can also boost your metabolic rate.

Improves Coordination- As cycling is a holistic activity, arm-to-leg, body-to-eye, and feet-to-hands coordination can be improved.

While cycling is generally a low impact exercise for people of all ages, Hiawatha Franks encourages individuals to talk to their doctor before incorporating it into a fitness regime.

To learn more about Hiawatha Franks, visit http://about.me/hiawatha_franks or http://hiawathafranks.tumblr.com/

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