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5 Healthy Reasons To Ride A Bicycle Today

Last updated on : April 05 2020

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Introduction

In this world struggling with severe health issues, staying fit is indeed a necessity. Consuming the right foods and regularly moving your body is all that you need.

We all know about the ideal way to walk ahead on the path of fitness. But somewhere we fall short due to our inconsistent efforts, busy schedule, lack of motivation, and several other reasons. Don't we?

Take a minute and think, what is holding you back? What is stopping you from sticking to an exercise regimen?

If you feel that you don't enjoy exercising, then the best way to avoid this feeling is to pick an exercise that doesn't seem like one.

One such sure shot physical activity is cycling.

Riding a bicycle is miraculously advantageous in fostering overall physical and mental wellbeing. It has uncountable benefits to offer and that too to all the age groups around.

Getting into cycling is not just about getting into physical activity; it is more about welcoming new challenges, embracing new lanes, meeting amazing people, and living your life to the fullest.

Who knew that a simple activity like cycling could add so much to your life. Let's dive deep and talk about how regular cycling can hike up your health amazingly.

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1.   An Effective Weight-loss Companion

Do you want to shed those extra pounds off? If yes, cycling has a lot to offer.

For losing weight effectively, you need to nourish your body well. Aligning the proper diet with the right exercise regimen is essential.

Riding a bicycle regularly burns fat, builds muscle, and triggers your metabolic rate. It is a low impact exercise that doesn't require any fancy training. Once you learn to cycle, you aren't going to forget it.

Research suggests that riding a bicycle for an hour can aid you in losing about 400-1000 calories.

If you are obese, specific exercises might seem impossible or too exhausting. But cycling always comes up as a savior. You can start slow and then vary your intensity depending on how comfortable you are.

Ensure that you own the right fitness apparel before you start as that directly affects the ease you experience while exercising. And comfort should always be on the top of your priority list. The more comfortable you feel, the more you will like to cycle.

And, once you fall in love with regular cycling, you will start indulging it more often and end up losing more weight provided you eat healthily.

So, what are you waiting for - start cycling daily and feel the difference? 

2.   Helps in Fighting Deadly Diseases

Be it cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, or even Cancer; Cycling has a prominent part to play.

Research validates that people who cycle daily live longer and are less prone to diseases. When you start riding a bicycle regularly, your lungs and heart muscles benefit tremendously. And that eventually lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Studies show that cycling regularly serves as a boon for effectively fighting breast cancer and Diabetes.

The root cause behind diseases is the absence of regular physical activity.

Our ancestors didn't need to worry about exercise because their lifestyle was completely different than ours. Their daily routine incorporated frequent movement that saved them from the disastrous drawbacks of a sedentary lifestyle.

Today, it is imperative to understand that to be healthy. We need to invest our time in regular exercise. If you are not capable of allocating time to exercise separately, you need to make it a part of your routine work.

And one of the most reliable ways to do so is to ride a bicycle regularly. Try to peddle to work, to add beneficial exercise to your day.

3.   Enhances Brain Power and Mental Health

Paying attention to your mental wellbeing is as significant as your physical wellbeing.

Cycling is a form of exercise that introduces you to new outdoors, inspires the traveler in you, and enlightens your mood all over again. It is incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating. When you ride a bicycle daily, you are more likely to enjoy your surroundings and meet new people.

Cycling enhances the flow of blood in our body. This improved blood flow serves as bliss for the brain and fosters mental wellbeing at its best.

Besides this, you also experience enhanced brainpower. Your mind starts feeling better, and you benefit beautifully. Your brain will not transform overnight, but the changes will be visible over time.

If you wish to embrace these miraculous benefits cycling has to offer, it's high time you start riding a bike daily. 

4.   Sees Off Stress and Depression

Exercising indeed is the most sought after way to tackle stress. According to research- cycling has been listed as one of the most effective stress busters.

The best deal about cycling is that it is much more than an exercise. It can be enjoyed solo or turned into a team sport, which in turn instills a sense of encouragement and belongingness.

Being a part of a local cycling group is all that you need to reap the benefits of this super relieving sport. Start slow, and as you proceed, set small riding goals for you to accomplish. As soon as you accomplish one, be clear of what your next move will be. Note it down in your journal and start working on it.

When you make this fun exercise a part of your daily routine, your body will release endorphins- the hormone known to make you feel more positive and happier. And this feel-good hormone will eventually help you in kicking stress out of your life.

Besides that, as soon as you start achieving your short term riding goals, your self- confidence will notice a boost. You will feel worthy of yourself, and this sense of pride will push you forward to take up bigger and riskier challenges.

These small boosts will indeed show up a remarkable effect on your overall wellbeing.

The best part about regular cycling is that it can genuinely help in combating severe health concerns like depression and high anxiety levels. Start riding today! 

5.   Empowers Bones and Muscles

Cycling comes up as a spectacular exercise for your muscles. It offers a full muscle workout, which in turn enhances muscle strength and improves flexibility.

Regularly riding a bike will not only cut off fat from your body but also aid you in building a lean muscular frame. People with higher muscle percentage burn more calories than people with lower muscle percentage.

Cycling not only aids in losing weight, but it also helps in maintaining your weight loss.

Once you build a lean muscular frame, reaching your ideal health goals will not seem impossible anymore. And once you incorporate this super healthy habit of cycling daily, nothing can stop you from empowering your muscles and reaping benefits over and over again.

Cycling does a lot for improving your bone health too. Riding a bicycle imparts the much-needed strength and power to your bones and enhances joint mobility. If you have osteoarthritis, regular riding can help you recover.

Besides this, it also builds up stamina and improves your body posture remarkably - and it can be done with waist training corsets to get additional support if needed.

The Bottom Line

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Regularly indulging in any physical activity is essential to combat the irritating demons sedentary life serves us daily.

Though there are several options around, nothing beats cycling when it comes to the ease and benefits it brings. What sets riding a bicycle apart is its usability in our daily life. You can cycle to buy groceries from the shop nearby or during your daily commute without taking any additional time from your tight schedule.

Cycling is an activity enjoyed by everyone - whether you are a 60-year-old or a kid.

It is much easier to master than other exercises and comes with less potential for injury. It's accessible too. It doesn't need a gym membership or the learning of proper form and technique. 

You can also take up cycling as a sport. You can cycle solo or join a community; it is entirely up to you. If you want to enhance your social circle and meet like-minded people, joining a local cycling group will do wonders.

Incorporate cycling into your lifestyle and get ready to experience the astounding health benefits it offers. Yes, be friends with cycling, and it will bestow its best for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I ride a bicycle to work? Instead of driving to the office?

Riding a bicycle to work is always a good idea as long as you don't live too far away. It could become a very tiring (and sweaty) activity if you bike to work for too long a time. And then don't have access to an office shower.

The maximum time a two-wheel commute should take is between 40 to 60 minutes.

There are so many benefits to riding instead of driving to and from work. First, you are doing your bit to save the planet by 'biking' instead of driving; second, you will also be saving or cutting costs as it will be more cost-effective to cycle. And there will be no annoying trips to the gas station.

Safety does come into play, but if you are a law-abiding citizen and follow the rules of the road (and wear a helmet and high visibility clothing) – then you should be alright.

Nowadays, they also make lightweight foldup bicycles and electric bikes. So, there are options to choose from if you decide to bike to and from the workplace. 

Will a half an hour ride a day help my fitness journey? 

Yes, any form of exercise is good. And will vastly improve one's cardiovascular health.

But one does not just jump into cycling. You start with short bursts and then progress to more prolonged and more arduous rides. It is all about confidence, and what you believe is an achievable and realistic distance. There is also road cycling and mountain biking. So, the terrain is very different, as is the cycling gear and apparel.

Like most sports, you can quickly become passionate about cycling. You can also cycle with co-workers, friends, and family over weekends. It also aids one's physical and mental wellbeing.

Is riding a bicycle a fun activity?

Riding a bicycle or 'biking' can be a fun activity – depending on the distance.

If you choose to do it for fun - then you don't have to spend a fortune on all the paraphernalia. Bike rental companies and tour groups offer bikes to the public for a set rate. So, you don't have to own a bicycle physically.

It is up to the individual as to how far they are willing to take their biking journey.

Going off-road and into a forest or mountain will open several different routes/paths for the biking enthusiast – and you can do these with mates.

Riding in the rain is also a fun albeit messy activity – through muddy puddles and newly discovered dirt tracks with inclines and dissents to increase the heart rate and set pulses racing.

A fun and easy bike errand to the local coffee shop for that first-morning brew is always a good idea. There are multiple ways to make riding fun; you just have to live a little.

Will I save money riding a bike? 

The answer to this question is a simple yes.

A motor vehicle is expensive to run. If you think about how often you put in gas and all the other trimmings to maintain your vehicle. It will become a costly affair and one which could leave you in over your head and in debt.

Biking to run errands will also save money as you won't have to pay for parking at the mall.

Saving like this does not necessarily mean bikes are not expensive. Biking is a rather expensive hobby. But the positives outweigh the negatives, and you will always be on the move. You won't have to sit behind the wheel in rush hour or bumper to bumper in daily traffic. 

Will I lose weight if I ride a bicycle?

Yes and no. The answer to this question is not a definite yes as it depends on the level of intensity and how much you consume after your ride.

If you take it seriously and ride daily (including weekends), then you should lose weight. It comes down to the individual.

We all have different body types, and if you couple that with one's metabolism, then it is hard to give a definitive and decisive answer to this question.

Just remember that any form of exercise is right for you. Especially if you do it out in the open. The only way you will know is if you try. So, push the peddle to the mettle.

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