World Cycling Day: pedal for a healthy and fit lifestyle
Fitness enthusiasts have long preferred bicycles, but in the midst of confinement, the craze for this eco-friendly vehicle has found many new takers. Not only did many individuals take up riding, but also many groups of cyclists were formed in different societies. On World Bike Day, cyclists share with us what they love most about this activity.
New Delhi Police Deputy Commissioner Eish Singhal says: “Cycling is a great way to get close to nature and keep fit. I try to finish my bike before 7:30 am, because after that starts my working day. I live in Pandara Road and going to India Gate is fun by bike.
Speaking about the emerging trend of cycling in the midst of the pandemic, fitness trainer Yash Vardhan Swami said, “It’s good to see this trend. I am an avid fan of cardio like cycling. Cycling is a great way to meet and relax with friends while maintaining social distance. Health coach and nutritionist Preety Tyagi says, “Cycling has been mentioned several times as being particularly beneficial for mental and physical health. Cycling, like other motor skills, is easily accessible to most of us, and its rhythmic, aerobic, low-impact nature has been shown to improve the brain. It makes you feel better. Cycling moves blood through your body faster, allowing endorphins and other feel-good chemicals like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin to spread faster.
Cycling is also a top choice for lifestyle influencers. “Cycling combines physical exercise with a little trip outside. It’s a healthy, fun, low-impact form of exercise for all ages. It’s good for your lungs, cardiovascular health, muscle strength and joint mobility, ”says Maia Sethna, a lifestyle blogger. Actress Megha Gupta also shares her love for cycling and says, “Cycling is good for the environment and good form of cardio. The best part is that I can breathe in nature. The fresh air, the winds, the rustling of the leaves … it promises a good time.
After seeing the deteriorating air quality in Delhi, Pooja Vijay launched Pink Pedals, an initiative to promote cycling in Jaipur. Vijay says: “Bikes are an integral part of my life. I started Pink Pedals to support a liveable environment, breathable air and safer streets. We provide rental bicycles at a very nominal charge. Our rent starts from ₹20, and the price is inversely proportional to the duration of the journey … the more you ride, the less you pay.
If you are planning to ride a bike too, Swami has some tips for you. “You should always wear protective gear, especially when traveling on more busy traffic lanes. They should start with a slower intensity and gradually increase it as their skills improve, ”he advises.
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