Pedal to Life Happiness: The Benefits of Cycling

Anyone can ride a bike; once learned, never forgotten. Even we all have those exercises we’re crazy about, but when you hop on your bike, there’s a good chance you’ll still love it even if it’s not your favorite one. Riding a bike is healthy, a low-impact form of exercise for all ages. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. Cycling to work or the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine.

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.

And the good news is, more and more cycle paths are being opened nowadays. As a country becomes better equipped to support biking, it’s only becoming more and more popular.

What benefits can we get from cycling? There are a lot of ways cycling is good for the body and the soul:

Lose Weight
Biking to lose weight is becoming a more comfortable and enjoyable option. Depending on your weight and exertion level, cycling will help you lose weight by burning off between 75-670 extra calories in a half-hour session. What a great way to get out in the fresh air and help your weight loss goals.

Control Appetite
An exploration at the College of Surrey discovered that cycling can help in controlling the hunger. It was found that one hour long of cycling are sufficient to initiate the hormones that decrease the sentiment hunger, which contributes to expend altogether less sustenance and calories.

Protect From Heart Disease
Cycling strengthens your heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces blood fat levels. Research showed that people who cycle to work have two to three times less exposure to pollution than car commuters, so their lung function is improved. A Danish study conducted over 14 years with 30,000 people aged 20 to 93 years found that regular cycling protected people from heart disease.

Stay Mentally Healthy
Basically, exercise is great for mental health. Exercise outside? Even better. A 2011 study determined that partaking in physical activity outside was associated with greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression.

Decrease Stress Level
Navigating city traffic is mind-numbing, enraging, and anxiety-inducing. Traffic is a mental health nightmare, and driving is bad for the soul. Cycling can give you a positive impact of not having to drive a car every day, thus can significantly help reduce stress once you enjoy the way you commute.

Sharpen Your Mental
Once you’re in the habit of getting to work by bike, you’ll be better prepared for what comes next. Daily exercise has been found to increase energy and reduce fatigue. Even a single 30-minute bout of exercise can improve reaction time, memory, and creative thinking. Cycling has been found to reduce anxiety and depression. When given a questionnaire, men who increased their daily bike commuting saw improvements in their overall mental health.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s hop into that saddle now!

Cycling Fact: An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day – for transport, recreation and sport.

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