The biking exercise benefits are one of the best perks you get from taking up the sport of triathlon at any level.
Being bike-fit has the potential to provide superior fitness and is great for the health of your heart if biking is done on a regular basis. Riding a bike provides protection against many forms or ill health such as high blood pressure, diabetes, various forms of heart disease and obesity.
The key is to enjoy biking and not constantly be at the stage where you are virtually out of breath. If you are breathing heavily, but not completely out of breath than chances are you are getting the most benefit of biking as an aerobic exercise.
Ironman, biking within your aerobic capability is the best path to achieving optimum benefit from biking. In the process it will also increase fitness and endurance.
A twenty minute bike ride to and from work might not seem like much, but over the course of a year it would most likely burn off the equivalent of 12-14 pounds of fat. Biking burns off a lot of calories.
So it’s easy to see why taking up triathlon is such a great choice and how beneficial it can be for your overall health and fitness. Just imagine the positive impact biking has on the people who are involved in triathlon well into their 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s.
Whether a senior is biking on an exercise bike, a wind-trainer, or out on the highway, the strength and co-ordination required makes them more subtle and stronger. Biking on a regular basis can also reduce the chances of injury from falls.
This is especially true of falls that might normally result in fractured hips that never seem to heal and get better.
Cycling is an exercise that can be taken up by the majority of the population regardless of age, gender or athletic ability. That’s one of the reasons why triathlon is one of the fastest growing mainstream sports in the world.
You can be a six-year-old kid of steel triathlete or a 70-year-old Ironman and enjoy the benefits that come with swimming, biking, or running. You can choose to exercise in the comfort of your own home and avoid the rain or heat. You will still get the benefits of biking exercise in your living room in front of the television.
I remember one year in particular when I did about 97% of my bike training for Ironman Couer d’Alene in my living room. I actually had a two movie work-out. Depending on the length of the movies that particular biking exercise workout was somewhere between 4 or 5 hours.
Come to think of it, my bike time that year was only about 15 minutes different from all the years I cycled hundreds of miles out on the highway.