The unicycle is an underrated form of transportation. It’s ideal for those training for or for someone looking to get a little more exercise.
Many people shy away from a unicycle because it only has one wheel. And while there is definitely a learning curve, as it’s hard to get the hang of on the first few attempts, with a little practice, you’ll be an expert before you know it. But aside from learning a new way to get around town, what are some of the benefits of riding a unicycle?
1) It’s Great Exercise
And while it only has one wheel, a unicycle is great for both cardiovascular and muscle strengthening workouts. Like a bicycle, a unicycle doesn’t hurt joints. Where running for long distances on concrete can significantly wear on your body, the low-impact workout of a unicycle is ideal for getting fit without destroying your joints. Unicycling will cause short-term fatigue, but over time, your body will get used to it and your stamina will increase.
Aside from being a great aerobic workout, unicycling also builds muscle. Not only will your legs be burning after a long unicycle ride, but it’s also great for you core. Making a unicycle your regular form of transportation has wide variety of health benefits, helping keep your body lean but muscular.
2) Perfect For Motorcyclists And Bike Riders
Unicycling can be the perfect training tool for those who ride motorcycles or bikes on a regular basis. Not only will a unicycle keep a body conditioned for these sports – as it requires the use of similar muscle groups – it will also help with balance. You will be amazed how practicing on a unicycle can help them better control a motorcycle or bike. It will make your legs and abdomen stronger, and will it help you find your center of gravity easier as you get more used to riding on one wheel. Just the concentration required to learn a new task can pay off in improving coordination in other sports.
3) It’s Unique
Possibly the most glaring benefit of a unicycle is that it’s unique. And while this typically isn’t the go-to form of transportation at a college campus, if you do choose to ride one you’ll be showing others you are eccentric. Anytime you see a unicyclist riding down the street, your head turns. Now you can be that person everyone is looking at.