If you already cycle, you’ll know that it’s one of the best ways of keeping fit that there is. Studies show that on average, people who cycle are as fit and healthy as someone who is ten years younger. If you don’t already cycle – then here are some reasons why you should start!
- Work your body. Cycling has a positive impact on your whole body – from toning muscles to improving co ordination and balance. “Out of Saddle” cycling, such as mountain biking, is an excellent full body workout for arms, legs, chest and core stability. Cycling also offers huge benefits for your cardiovascular (heart-lung) system: reducing the risk of developing coronary heart disease by up to 50% – as well as reducing your blood pressure.
Better Health And Sleep
- Look Younger. Cyclists don’t just have the health of someone who is ten years younger. Stanford University scientists report that regular cycling can actually reduce the signs of ageing by delivering more oxygen to your skin cells and flushing out toxins. Regular peddling can even maximise the production of collagen – which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and boost the healing process.
- Sleep Better. Cycling has been shown to help people who suffer from insomnia. Exercising outside in daylight helps reset your body clock – as well as relaxing you. Patients taking part in the study fell asleep more quickly, and slept for nearly an extra hour per night on average.
Boost Immune System
- Avoid sickness. Moderate exercise such as cycling is proven to boost your immune cells, helping you fight off infections more easily. Cycling every day keeps the doctor away!
- Slim down. Cycling is a great way to burn off calories and body fat. You can easily use 500 calories in a steady one hour ride. Even once you stop, your body carries on burning off fat and calories at an increased rate for several more hours.
- Everyone can do it. From young to old, able bodied or disabled, fit or not so fit, cycling is one of the few activities you can literally do for a lifetime. Cycling is much more gentle on your body, and especially on your joints than many forms of exercise, making it ideal even for those who have health problems or are recuperating from illness.
- Baby on board. Cycling has even been show to has positive effects for pregnant women. An American study found that expectant mothers who exercised regularly had an easier labour, recovered more quickly – and felt better throughout their pregnancy too. Their babies even had a much reduced chance of being obese.
Healthy For Your Brain Too!
- Be Smarter. As your heart and lung function improves through regular cycling, this in turn has been shown to boost the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. As a result new brain cells form and brain receptors regenerate. This is one reason that regular moderate exercise such as cycling has been shown to help people at risk from Alzheimer’s disease. Also, be smart and rent a bike instead of buying one!
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- Get fit for work. One of the biggest health benefits cycling offers is the fact that you can build it into your daily routine. Instead of taking the car, the bus or train, hop on your bike. In many cases, particularly in built up areas, cycling to work, to school, or to the shops, could actually be quicker than taking your normal form of transport. Most importantly you’ll get a great daily workout without having to find any more time in your day.
- Exercise your way. One of the beauties of cycling is that you can very easily control how hard you are working. Simply peddling faster, riding up a hill, choosing a different gear or taking a longer route home can increase the intensity of your exercise. Mixing periods of slow, easy riding with bursts of high intensity effort has been shown to be a very effective way of boosting your fitness.
- Make friends. Joining a cycling club is a great way to get started and you’re sure to make new friends too. This in itself has been shown to have a very positive impact on health. Let’s ride!