To celebrate National Bike Month, we’re highlighting some of the NUMEROUS health benefits of cycling.
The Top 7 Health Benefits of Cycling (from Discovery News)
- Cycling is good for your heart: Cycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness, as well as a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Cycling is good for your muscles: Riding a bike is great for toning and building your muscles, especially in the lower half of the body – your calves, your thighs, and your rear end. It’s also a great low-impact mode of exercise for those with joint conditions or injuries to the legs or hips, which might keep them from being active.
- Cycling is good for your waistline: You can burn a lot of calories while biking, especially when you cycle faster than a leisurely pace, and cycling has been associated with helping to keep weight gain down. And cycling has the added benefit of ramping up your metabolism, even after the ride is over.
- Cycling is good for your lifespan: Bicycling is a great way to increase your longevity, as cycling regularly has been associated with increased ‘life-years’, even when adjusted for risks of injury through cycling.
- Cycling is good for your coordination: Moving both feet around in circles while steering with both your hands and your body’s own weight is good practice for your coordination skills.
- Cycling is good for your mental health: Riding a bike has been linked to improved mental health.
- Cycling is good for your immune system: Cycling can strengthen your immune system, and could protect against certain kinds of cancers.
Worried about breathing in pollution?
You should be a lot more concerned if you drive – biking and walking commuters are exposed to far LESS pollution than vehicle commuters! Plus, if you bike, rather than drive, you reduce vehicle pollution, which improves air quality for easier breathing and healthier living.
Want even more reasons to ride your bike? We have plenty: