The benefits of cycling are almost as endless as the country lanes you could soon be exploring. If you’re considering taking up cycling, and weighing it up against other potential activities, then we’re here to tell you that cycling is hands down the best option.
Pushing pedals provides an aerobic workout
That’s great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels. Aerobic exercise also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals—which may make you feel young at heart.
Aids in creativity
Creativity is a big issue when it comes to those working in the creative industry, like musicians, writers and artists. There will come a time when you have a mental block and you can’t seem to generate any ideas. One way to get rid of the mental block is by exercising or going out, and cycling is a great fit. While cycling, you’ll most likely feel more relaxed as you get to feel the nice breeze against your face.
Exercising in general should help to increase your overall stamina. This is the same with cycling. If you bike consistently, you’ll increase your muscle stamina and it gets easier next time. One way to continue improving your stamina is to try cycling further (or faster) than you did before. You’ll notice that your stamina gets better as time goes by.
Everyone knows that exercise can help reduce stress, but a recent study in the Lancet of over one million participants confirmed that cycling is one of the top stress-busting activities. Riders enjoyed 21.6 percent fewer days of poor mental health compared to those who didn’t ride. This was only second to team sports (22.3 percent), and above other aerobic and gym activities. Simply making your rides group rides can help you reap the social benefits of a team sport and increase the amount of good days you have.
A positive start to your morning
Start your day with a healthy activity like cycling, which wakes you up by boosting your circulation and allows you to start your day with a sense of accomplishment. You may feel more inclined to make healthy, positive choices as the day progresses. Fasted morning rides at a low intensity may burn fat, enhance endurance performance, and boost your energy and metabolism levels all day.
Once you’re in the habit of getting to work by bike, you’ll be better prepared for what comes next, such as opting for your bike over your car to run a quick errand on the weekend or riding to the gym. 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.
Improves balance, posture, and coordination
As you stabilize your body and keep your bike upright, you’ll improve your overall balance, coordination, and posture. Balance tends to decline with age and inactivity, so it’s vital to keep on top of it. Improved balance is beneficial in the prevention of falls and fractures, which can leave you on the sidelines while you take time off from exercise to recover.
Using a bicycle is an eco-friendly way to move around the city especially in a really polluted and crowded one. You can reduce pollutants in the air by not being another contributor, and also effectively reducing your own carbon footprint.
We hope that we provided some new information on why cycling is an amazing activity. Our office in Dallas has made a concrete effort to raise awareness of cycling!
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