Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the fresh air and discover the great outdoors. With no glass window between yourself and the open road, your mind is more likely to be occupied by your surroundings rather than any negative thoughts. Getting out on your bike is one of the easiest ways to exercise – you can ride almost anywhere and at any time of the year.
Cycling is a sport or activity that can be carried out by most abilities and is a great way to be more active.
Below are some benefits of cycling to encourage and inspire you to hop on a bike and get pedalling!
The resistance element of cycling helps to build muscle strength. Cycling works all the major muscle groups and helps to improve core stability. It also works the heart muscle too!
Cycling is a low impact exercise which means that it is easier on our joints than other high impact aerobic activities, such as running.
Riding a bike briskly is a form of aerobic exercise! It raises the heart rate, gets the blood pumping around the body, reduces blood pressure, regulates blood sugar, and so reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Riding a bike requires coordination and balance. Cycling up and down hills, going round corners, regulating speed and so on, develops core strength and in turn improves posture, balance and coordination.
Cycling at a steady pace burns around 300 calories per hour which helps to decrease body fat! Accompanied with a healthy diet of course, regular cycling will help with weight loss! Of course, the more intensive the exercise, the more calories burned!
Lack of physical activity has been shown to increase the risk of chronic illness and mortality. Regular cycling is a healthy way to cut the risk of developing serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and certain cancers. When you choose the bicycle instead of the public transport you lower the risk to catch viruses in the crowded buses.
Cycling is good for our physical health but is also great for mental health! It triggers the release of the body’s ‘happy’ hormones (like endorphins, dopamine and serotonin). This helps positively change our mood, making us feel less stressed and better able to manage anxiety and depression.
There is no preparation, no travelling to a gym, no equipment assembly – getting onto your bicycle and pedalling any time of day can be as simple as that! And incurs little or no cost (other than initial purchase and maybe a puncture repair outfit!) Whether you chose to use cycling as a method of transport, recreation or a workout, it is an accessible form of exercise for the majority of people.
Cycling can be a solo activity but it can also widen your social circle by bringing people together. Engaging in a physical activity with other people is a great motivator and can encourage a bit of healthy competition too.
Today, traffic congestion affects each and every individual’s daily routine. Be it your personal life or your professional life, traffic leaves none untouched. Those who can walk or bike to work tend to have a great advantage. Because traffic is not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue and a cause of stress. The more bikes on the road, in theory, the less traffic and, therefore, the less stress!
Make bicycle your main mode of transport and stay healthy!
Empower your wellbeing and reconnect with your best you!