Mon, 08 Nov 2010 05:16:36 GMT | By Priyanka Bhattacharya, India Syndicate

Eight reasons why cycling is good for you

Cycling exercises the heart better than walking and offers health benefits faster than most popular form of workouts. So start pedalling.

Eight reasons why cycling is good for you

The British Medical Association estimates that cycling offers tremendous health benefits that outweigh the risks by 20 to 1. It is one of the most fun and enjoyable ways to lose calories fast. Cycling also means that you are not stuck at one place while exercising but can run important errands as your body gets its dose of aerobic workout.

To promote the idea that cycling is fun, and an experience the RideACycle Foundation started its premier cycling tour event called Tour of Nilgiris. This annual event, which will be held this year from 16th to 24th December, trails across the beautiful Nilgiri mountains in South India. The Tour of Nilgiris conceived by two passionate cycling enthusiasts Ravi Ranjan Kumar, an engineer and Rajesh Nair, a photographer welcomes cyclists in the age group of 18 to 60.

According to the duo, the thought behind TFN is to promote cycling amongst the masses and encourages individuals to take it up as an alternate mode of transport. Here they share some health benefits of cycling on a daily basis.