Of course it is – it’s just not extreme, sweat-drenched exercise to exhaustion.
The modern American attitude that cycling is a dangerous activity engaged in only by young daredevils who push their bodies to extreme levels is a shame. The moderate exercise of a leisurely bike ride in normal clothing (like the rest of the world does it) is a very good and healthy thing.
Typical of extremely low body fat, I believe. Pro cyclists, at least those who are attempting to be competitive in climbing situations, get their body fat down to dangerously low levels to increase their power/weight.
No, not at all, but you did dismiss it as “not exercise,” and Turble’s post simply explains that of course it is.
Which is pretty obvious when you think about it. Take two people of same age, same general height and weight, same general decent health. For a year, have them lead equally sedentary lives, eat the same foods, experience the same general level of stress. Send one of them out every day for a leisurely ten-mile bike rie, while the other stays home and watches MAS*H reruns. After a year, we evaluate the overall health of the two. Do you really think there would be no difference in their health?