- WRITE OUT
Hi, I’m Alyssa and today I’m going to talk to you about how bicycles and cycling can affect our bodies. Specifically how cycling affects our muscles, joints, and the over all positive and negative effects that cycling has on our bodies.
So, muscles play a big role in riding bikes. This is because muscles are the things that actually allow you to use the pedals and control the handlebars. So it’s pretty obvious that you’re muscles are going to be affected while riding a bike. For the most part, muscles are affected in a pretty positive way. Through cycling muscles become stronger and more toned. The muscles in you’re leg, such as the hamstring; quadriceps; and calf muscles, are used while biking, and while a lot of people think that those are the only muscles being used that isn’t true. Muscles in your back and abdomen are used to stabilize your body while biking, while the muscles in your shoulders and arms are used to control the handlebars when steering. Therefore, you’re not only strengthening and toning the muscles in you’re leg, you’re also strengthening and toning muscles throughout you’re body.
Another thing that muscles affect in our bodies are our joints. Specifically concerning Arthritis, which is the painful swelling and stiffness on the joints. Cycling is one of the best exercises to prevent and reduce Arthritis because it is a low impact sport. Because cycling is a low impact sport, there isn’t too much stress being put on the joints. Although there isn’t a lot of stress being put on the joints, there is just enough for the joints to be stimulated. In addition to this, the flexing of the muscles in our thighs and lower leg are beneficial in controlling arthritis.
In addition to the benefits our muscles and joints receive due to cycling, there are also things that affect our whole body. For example, there is evidence that cycling, as a form of light physical activity, can lower the risk of cancer, specifically colon and breast cancer, compared to people who are stationary. Cycling can also be beneficial in that it helps with weight loss. This is because cycling at 10mph burns 260 calories an hour.
Just like there are positive things that affect the body when cycling, there are also negative things or risk that can happen when cycling. For example, there is a greater risk of getting injured if you get into a bike related accident. Since you’re completely open and don’t have much protective gear, besides a helmet, it’s easier to have more severe injuries, like broken bones. In addition to this, bicycle deaths account for 2% of all traffic deaths.
- Credibility Assessment
For a presentation to test the credibility of an institution, group, or organization I would see whether or not there is any information available online about them. I would also see if there is any reviews or comments about the institution, group, or organization by members of the group. I would also check their website to see whether or not it looks informative. I would do this because sometimes people judge whether a group or organization is reliable through the website.
2. Personal Interest
Personally I am interested in fashion, so I thought that a presentation on bicycles fashion would be an interesting idea. I would speak about how differently people dressed while riding bicycles, starting from when the bicycle was first invented to now. I would also compare the different styles that bicyclist wear depending on whether they bike for casually for fun or if they bike competitively. If they bike competitively I could talk about the different advantages or disadvantages for different types of clothing. Another thing I could talk about for a presentation on bicycle fashion is the different things worn depending it is a man or a woman riding the bicycle.
3. Academic or Professional Interest
I am majoring in nursing, so I feel like giving a presentation on the effects of riding a bicycle on the body is something I would do. I could research the how the body, particularly the muscles and bones, are impacted by how you sit on a bicycle or how you hold onto the handlebars. I could also compare how different types of bicycles, such as a mountain bike or a bike used for casual use, affect the body. In addition to that I could compare which bike would put less strain on the body.
Strickland says that when riding a bike, even when you don’t ride for awhile, just feels natural. He believes that once you learn to ride a bike you don’t really forget how to. In my experience, I have found this to be false. I think this because as a child, I learned to ride a bike on my own and thought that I was fairly good at it, however as I grew older I rode bikes less and less. Then last year whenI was with my friends and we found a bike and I decided to try riding it. Long story short, I lost my balance and completely fell off the bike.