Get on your bicycle

2004-06-07 11:14

Cologne, Germany - Bicycle riding is one of the ideal ways for people to improve their overall physical condition, with just 10 minutes a day enough to start the process towards a more healthy body, the German Physical Education College DSHS in Cologne reported.

In a report summarising about 7 000 studies on the benefits of bicycling as a means to physical fitness, the DSHS said 10 minutes a day already helps muscle tone, circulation and body joints.

Improvement in the heart's condition can come from about 30 minutes bicycling each day, and at 50 minutes daily, the metabolism in burning off body fats is stimulated, the DSHS said. Bicycling also strengthens the back muscles and spinal column.

The report also called bicycling a good alternative to jogging because it puts less stress on the knee joints. - Sapa-dpa