There are some obvious health benefits of cycling, like exercise, but there are some that unless you actually take to the road, then you probably would not have foreseen them. Cardio exercise has been proven to provide brain stimulation because of the continuous left-right movement of our arms and legs. It has been said of bicycle riding, that you can experience what feels a lot like a meditative state. In contrast others have the occurrence of stimulation, from the increase of oxygen intake, to the wind hitting you, to taking in the surroundings. Whatever your experience, there are undisputed perks of a bicycle workout.
Here are six that you may not have thought about, that are huge in terms of benefits.
- It’s a green method of transport which gets you to where you need to be, faster than running or walking. Substituting the car for a bike will reduce CO2 emissions and fossil fuel usage also.
- It’s a great muscle workout which will focus on abs, glutes, calves, quads and will even give the upper body a workout.
- Research shows that cycling can reduce fatigue by 65% and boost energy by 20%
- As well as the positive cardio qualities, it’s less impact on your joints unlike running.
- Don’t have time to workout? Cycle to work. As well as the good exercise, you also save money that you would have normally spent commuting.
- As counter intuitive as it may seem, cycling can also be a a time saver. Delays on public transport and on the road traffic hold ups may slow other commuters, but there will always be room for the cyclist to keep on moving. I myself have proven that my cycling commute is 20 minutes faster than travelling by tube everyday. See London Bike vs London Underground
In what ways does cycling affect you? Why did you first start cycling?
“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
Arthur Conan Doyle
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