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Cycling in India has taken a backseat

April 11, 2016

CyclyngA rare scene in India is to spot an educated person riding a Bicycle. Once we hop on these fuel-thirsty vehicles, we never look back even once.

If you are an Indian, you will get my point.

We Indians have this habit of relating all the things with the financial status. If one can afford a 4-wheeler, why shall he keep a 2 wheeler or If one can afford a fueled 2 wheeler, Why Cycle?? You agree with me, Don’t you?

I once said “I will buy a Bicycle for me too along with my Son and we will go for a ride”. A quick reply from my family was- It doesn’t look nice driving Bicycle at this age”. Cycling in India is not a matter to be concerned and overlooked by most.

No wonder, we are topping the Obesity charts leaving all the countries behind. We face worst health issues due to accumulating fat but we are still reluctant to take the steps.

CYCLING AND KIDS

Kids and Cycles seem to be drawn together by a natural kind of magnetism. With fast-paced lives and strong peer pressure, kids are losing on physical activities. They are finding the easy ways to have fun- Screen games and social media are the biggest culprits.

Few days back when I was taking the walk downstairs in my Society, I noticed many Kid’s cycles were covered in dust as if no one has touched them for long.

Help them redefining fun and gift them a lifelong asset- HEALTH. If you want to make a meaningful investment in the health of your children, cycling is the first pocket friendly option. You can look for quieter roads and cycle paths. Plan shorter trips to the Local park or market.

Cycling will add a sense of adventure to usual journeys done on foot or by car.

CYCLING FACTS

  • Kids who walk and cycle to school are more alert and ready to learn than those who arrive by car.
  • On a busy road, cyclists and pedestrians are the ones least exposed to the pollution.
  • More than 3 times as many new bicycles are sold in US each year than cars.
  • Bangalore is considered as the bicycling capital of India.
  • Cycling makes us happy based on the science of positive psychology.
  • Sleeping disorders go away with Cycling.

THOSE WHO DO

  • Some of us ride for getting rid of fat tires
  • Some for sport
  • Some for Fun
  • Some for basic transportation

Whatever the reason, Welcome others into the community.

ALL GOOD THINGS COME ON WHEELS

  1. BALANCE

Cycling produces the balance between exertion and relaxation which is very important for body’s inner equilibrium.

  1. MENTAL HEALTH

Cycling has relaxing effect due to uniform movement which stabilizes physical and emotional functions. It reduces anxiety, depression and other psychological problems.

  1. HEART

All the risk factors that lead to a heart attack are reduced by more than 50%.

  1. BACK PAIN

Cycling posture  is optimum and the cyclic movement of the legs stimulates muscles in the lower back.

  1. COORDINATION

Moving both feet around the circles while steering with both your hands and your body’s own weight is good practice for your coordination skills.

  1. MUSCLES

A week of inactivity reduces the strength of muscular system by up to 50%. During cycling, most of the Body muscles are activated.

  1. WAISTLINE

Cycling is ideal for targeting problem areas. It increases fitness and stimulates the body’s fat metabolism.

  1. JOINTS

The circular movement of cycling assists the transport of energy to the cartilages, reducing the likelihood of arthritis.

It does save a lot in fuel costs, parking cost and it will save a lot in medical bills by keeping you fit and healthy. Last but not the least,  you will be making our environment pollution free.

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IMAGINE AND GET INSPIRED

~~~~~   Early morning breeze, Sunlight and an Empty road ~~~~~

join the fun

A very interesting line I read  – “I bet everyone of you’ll cycled at some point of your life and almost all of you’ll stopped at some point of your life too… !!”

 

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  • Thanks Blogadda.

  • I love this post on cycling. Great job upasna!

    • Upasna

      Thanks Shivangi. Its great to know that you like it. Action time. Happy cycling 🙂