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How Standing Road Bikes Can Improve Your Health

How Standing Road Bikes Can Improve Your Health

As the new year begins, many people are looking for new ways to better themselves and their health for the fresh start that a new year brings. Items like eating healthier meals, getting regular physical exercise, and decluttering are typically at the top of most people's lists. While these are ambitious goals, it is important that these ambitions are paired with activities that make these goals more realistic and fun to perform. 

When looking at bettering your health through physical exercise, a standing road bike could be the solution you have been looking for, as it can improve your health in many different ways. Below is a look at just some of the health benefits that a standing road bike can offer you in your goal to improve your overall health. 

Get You Moving

The hardest part of any lifestyle change you are trying to implement is to stay consistent and to implement it as a true lifestyle change. There are countless fad exercises and diets that many start and simply can’t continue into a daily ritual. Many of these fail to spark interest and excitement. 

Many people see working out as a chore and drudge through it as they think it is what needs to be done to see results. The individuals who see success and persevere through their lifestyle changes have found a method that they enjoy and get something out of. Hobbies like biking, rowing, hiking, recreational sports, and more are all ways to have an engaging physical exercise that you can be excited about. 

A standing elliptical road bike is a perfect example of a way to get physical exercise in a fun and exciting new way. The standing road bike offers a new way to use the somewhat familiar motion of a bike and elliptical machine. Combining the two offers a completely new experience that is sure to keep your mind and body engaged as you learn to ride, carve, and cruise. The uniqueness and fun that a standing bike offers allow you to stay more motivated and more likely to keep up with regular use of the bike. 

Burn Excess Calories

Many people look to physical exercise to decrease body fat. To decrease body fat, the body needs to utilize excess fat and stored calories. This can be accomplished through working out and, more specifically, through aerobic activity. Aerobic activity includes exercises that expend a lot of energy and result in a higher heart rate and respiration rate. 

An elliptical bike is a great choice to shed fat as it simulates one of the most efficient pieces of aerobic gym equipment; the elliptical. The elliptical machine is able to engage both the upper and lower body simultaneously through the utilization of moving foot and arm holds. With muscles all over the body used with each step, calories are burned at a high rate. 

Improved Heart Health

The heart is the most important organ in the human body. It is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body seven days a week, 24 hours a day for your entire life. Declining heart and cardiovascular health are serious conditions that continue to increase in likelihood as a sedentary lifestyle continues to become more of a societal norm. 

The best way to keep your heart and circulatory system at the top of its game is to engage in routine physical aerobic exercise. The standing road bike is perfectly suited to be implemented into anyone's day to provide fun and effective aerobic exercise. 

The StreetStrider 7i is amongst the most popular standing road bike options available, and for a good reason. The 7i offers seven selectable gears as well as the ability to utilize the elliptical indoors. This customizability allows StreetStrider bikes to adapt to any weather condition and your preferences. 

Rather than you having to pencil in a workout into your schedule, the adaptability of the standing road bike allows you to fit it into your schedule regardless of the weather or any other circumstance. These factors make the standing road bike an ideal solution for routine physical activity.

Improved Bone Health

Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and other bone and joint disorders can creep up on anyone. As you age, your susceptibility to these disorders increases, but regular low impact, weight-bearing exercise can reduce the likelihood of developing these disorders within your lifetime. Even if you are actively experiencing these conditions, low impact and weight-bearing exercise can help by reducing further bone and joint deterioration.

Much like muscles, you can increase bone mass through the utilization of the bones. Essentially the more weight-bearing exercise you have, the more your bones need to work to keep your body upright and fight against gravity. This extra effort makes your bones adapt to the added activity by increasing the bone’s density and strength. Preventing bone-related issues before they begin is the best approach as it is easier to build bone density before the onset of disease. 

Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is a disease caused by the wear and tear of joints due to overuse and high impact physical activity. Implementing low impact physical activity whenever possible is the best way to avoid developing osteoarthritis later down the road. 

The standing elliptical road bike can act as both a weight-bearing and low impact form of exercise. Because you are standing, your bones gain the benefits of weight-bearing exercises like running and walking. Since your feet never leave the surface of the platform, your body does not experience the impacts of your feet repeatedly hitting the pavement. The result is a form of exercise that can greatly improve your overall bone health by giving weight-bearing exercise without the impact. 

Improved Mental Wellbeing

The last and perhaps most profound improvement a standing road bike can improve your mental wellbeing. Being outdoors and exercise are individually known to improve mental wellbeing by reducing stress and anxiety. Being outdoors allows people to get away from the hectic nature of their daily lives and slow down. Exercise works similarly in addition to releasing endorphins that can elevate the mood. 

The standing road bike can provide both simultaneously to provide a great outlet for a stressful day at the office. The StreetStrider can be equipped with a Stride to Work Bundle that allows you the freedom to commute to work. Going to and from work on a standing road bike can give you the time and outdoor exercise to mentally decompress and prepare for the transition to work-life or home life. Implementing the bike as a means of commuting is a great way to improve your physical health and mental well-being. 

Conclusion

A standing road bike is a unique option to exercise that carries many health benefits. Unlike a standard sitting bike, the standing road bike can improve bone health through weight-bearing movements and burn more calories. These added benefits make the standing road bike a more well-rounded bike from a health improvement perspective. 

From improving your physical body, to improving your mental well being; the standing road bike truly is a great addition to your life. StreetStrider bikes are the pinnacle of standing road bikes and are the perfect way to improve your overall health, all while having fun. 

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/aerobic-exercise-examples#athome-exercises
  2. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/exercise/exercise-your-bone-health
  3. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/spend-time-in-nature-to-reduce-stress-and-anxiety
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