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Cycling vs. Running

Cycling vs. Running

Have you ever suffered from joint pain after running on the treadmill? Running is notorious for the knee pain it causes.No matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned vet, you may know what I’m talking about… pain, tightness, and even limping… Which happens after you push yourself hard in long-distance runs, sprints, or something in-between. And even worse, if you’re running on a concrete surface, knee pain can get painful pretty quickly and potentially stop you from working out for a few weeks

Running on a grass surface is slightly better – at least it doesn’t hurt instantly – but over the years, stress can accumulate and cause significant discomfort and inflammation. However, cardio is a crucial part of any healthy, well-rounded workout routine. Not only is it good for weight loss, but it also makes your heart stronger, protects it from failure, and keeps your blood pressure low. Most people forget that the heart is their most important muscle! That’s why I think EVERYONE should do cardio, no matter their age.

If running isn’t the best option because of how stressful it can be for your joints, what else could you do?

Giving up on cardio would be a huge, huge mistake simply because of all the benefits a good cardio workout can provide. This is why I’m thankful I’ve discovered cycling instead. Cycling is much more gentle on your joints because it doesn’t require you to carry any weight (especially not your own weight). Plus, cycling will strengthen your quads and hamstring muscles which also means less pain in joints since they’d be under less pressure.

And last but not least, cycling keeps your cartilage flexible. Inflexible cartilage can cause a lot of pain, especially as we get older, so anything that keeps it flexible is great prevention for that.As you can see, the benefits of cycling are enormous. And you don’t even need a bike, or nice weather – you can cycle in your local gym while listening to music or watching TV.

The good thing about cycling in the gym is that you can easily choose the gear which makes it easier or harder to peddle faster. If you’re going to start cycling, I recommend 30 minutes and keeping your heart rate between 120 and 150 beats per minute. Another recommendation is you take a scoop of the Oh!mino Muscle Synthesis Activator with Caffeine before you start. It contains 100mg of pharmaceutical-grade caffeine that will push you through those extra couple of miles after your hamstrings start to hurt and you feel like you’re out of breath!

Stay fit my friend,
Michael
Founder & CEO

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