Cycling has been in style since the invention of technology it can date back to the Victorian ages when the monocycle was invented. Cycling is a form of leisure activity and also a physical activity. Cycling has a lot of health and social benefits. Not only does cycling help in reducing the number of diseases attack but also helps in bringing families together and have fun together. When the bicycle was invented it was meant to be a form of transport but with the advance of technology many and faster forms of transport have been invented. Still, cycling continues to be among the common ways of traveling short distances. Cycling has also improved and it is being used as a major sport around the globe. Here are some of the benefits of cycling.
Cycling improves mental health
Cycling is recommended for people with mental challenges either from depression or being stressed out in life. A study from YMCA in the year 2017 shows that people with a physically active lifestyle had a higher well-being of around 32 percent as compared to those who don’t exercise. Cycling boosts the release of endorphins and adrenaline which plays a critical role in boosting your brain and the feeling of good hormones. The combination of exercise and outdoors helping relieve a lot of tension and allows one to have a positive outlook towards life. Riding solo allows you to reflect on your life and gives you time to process all your worries and concerns. While riding as a group helps in broadening your social circle and allows you to focus on the rest of the group and forget about your worries for a while. All this helps in reducing stress and depression and improves your mental health.
Helps in weight loss
Fifty percent of Americans struggle to lose weight at least every day. The simple equation of losing weight is the amount of calories intake should be less than the number of calories lost. For you to lose weight you need to lose more calories than you are consuming. Weight loss is a struggle and great exercise helps you shed a few calories and have fun. Cycling promotes a good way to shed off the extra amounts of calories in your body. Of course, for you to shed weight will also depend on the type of activity you take part in. you need to be able to enjoy the activities that you are taking and cycling is a fun way to lose weight. Additionally for you to gain weight you also need to consider the amount of sleep you having for a day and the amount of calories intake for refueling. If you want to lose weight then cycling will greatly help you in the process.
Improved cardiovascular strength and reduced cancer risk
Most of the heart diseases are caused by excess fat and cholesterol which causes the blockage of the blood vessels limiting blood to move to different locations of the body. Cycling increases the heart rate which in turn allows blood to be pumped around your body. Cycling is one of the best aerobic activities which help in keeping your body in check and healthy. According to a study by the University of Glasgow in 2018, it shows that cycling can reduce the rate of cancer and heart diseases by half. Cycling is one of the exercises recommended by the NHS as being one of the healthy ways of improving your lifestyle and reducing the risk of getting cancer and heart diseases.
Cycling builds muscle strength and tones
Who doesn’t love a good and lean body with muscles and amazing squats? We all struggle to maintain our lean body fat and have those fantastic muscles that show through our clothes and prove we are fit. Cycling has been proven to help in the building of muscles around the glutes, quads, calves and the hamstring. Did you know that people with a higher muscle rate tend to burn more calories even when not working out? With cycling, you can be sure to improve your body shape and live a healthy life. Of course, you won’t get quads like a track sprinter but you will definitely be in shape always. Cycling strengthens all your body muscles from the hands to the toes as it involves a lot of physical excises.
Cycling improves joint mobility
Arthritis is a joint disease that causes a lot of pain and discomfort. Cycling helps reduce the risk of getting arthritis as it improves the joint mobility and keeps your joints at check. Causes of arthritis range from cold to lack of enough exercise to your joints among other reasons. The cycling movement keeps all your joint muscles well lubricated and healthy. Having regular cycling sessions will prevent this from happening and improve your joint mobility.
Improves your lung health
I know you are wondering how this works. According to a recent study involving a cyclist, pedestrian, a driver and a bus rider, it shows that the cyclist is least exposed to the polluted fumes around the environment. The results show that a person cycling is exposed to the pollutant fumes at five times lower than the person driving. This study concluded that if you are cycling you are at a lower risk of getting lung related diseases.
Helps you sleep better
We all the famous saying of tiring yourself with numerous activities will help you sleep well and soundly. Then this trick can totally apply to cycle. Cycling over long distances will be fun and will also help you sleep soundly and have enough rest. Insomnia can be caused by a lot of things but anxiety is one of the major reasons why people lack enough sleep. Cycling is one of the better forms of exercise that helps reduce your anxiety levels. Also, a drop in fitness can result in lack of sleep and this can be corrected by cycling as a form of physical activity.
Cycling is a major sport around the globe as it brings people together. Also, it has major health benefits and improves your lifestyle. Grab a bike from your nearest store and let’s have some fun.
All the best and stay healthy!