There are so many benefits of riding a bike.
Here’s just a few
- Commute by cycling
- Strapped for time. Combine your exercise in to your commute. Cycling can be easily integrated into your daily life, unlike gym workouts. Getting around on two wheels goes beyond avoiding traffic & living healthier. Commuting by car has been linked to weight gain and obesity, even in drivers who make time for exercise.
- Improves mental well-being
- There are many ways that exercise can boost your mood. There’s the release of adrenalin and endorphins and the improved confidence that comes from achieving new things. Whether you prefer going solo and giving yourself the time to process worries or concerns, or you prefer to ride with a group which broadens your social circle.
- Builds Muscle
- Different types of riding does different things, for instance, sprinting all the time and riding short hard efforts will give you larger legs muscles. Endurance rides may lean you up and make your legs stronger, but the mass of the muscle will not be as evident.
- Easy on the Joints – Low Impact
- Cycling by contrast to running is not weight bearing. When you sit on a bike, you put your weight on a pair of bones in the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities, unlike walking, when you put your weight on your legs. Can be good for anyone with joint pain or age-related stiffness.
- Live Longer
- Your daily rides not only make you happier and healthier they also extend the years you have to feel that way. A study in Norway followed a group of elderly men in their 70’s and 80’s found that just 30 minutes of exercise per day resulted in those men living up to five years longer, compared to men who didn’t do any physical activity.
- Cuts heart disease and cancer risk
- Cycling raises your heart rate and gets the blood pumping round your body, and it burns calories, limiting the chance of your being overweight. As a result, it’s among a selection of forms of exercise recommended by the NHS as being healthy ways to cut your risk of developing major illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.