Some might say that not only cycling but any sport is good for your health. But the advantage of cycling is this:you don’t need to do sport in order to reap the benefits.
In most cases, it’s enough to cycle 20-30 minutes a day tostay in shape.
This is possible by cycling to work, or by using the bike for normal travel. The important thing is to do it regularly in the medium-long term and to take some precautions. Furthermore, the bicycle has positive effects not only on the body.
So, let’s take a look at all the reasons why riding a bike is good for you!
Like all aerobic activities, cycling requires the heart to work hard, but since our body adapts to stress, the heart and the cardiovascular system change to become more efficient.
By cycling regularly (30 minutes a day), the heart becomes heavier and bigger, so it can contain more blood, it increases the capillarisation of the muscles and becomes less tired when doing its job. These factors have a protective effect on the heart and arteries, reducing the risk of hypertension and heart attack.
It’s good for fitness
Cycling helps you keep fit and promotes overall toning of the body.
In the training stage, such as pedalling with a long ratio or with short and explosive ascents, you can firm the buttocks, which are muscles that deliver power and are activated when extending the hip.
According to researchers at the University of Illinois Think Team, participants in an experiment saw a 15% improvement in mental tests after improving their cycling performance by just 5%. The data is interpreted as follows: exercise stimulates the generation of new cells in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory.
It’s good for staying shape.
Eat properly in order to cycle better, but above all in order to live better.
Using your bike for 20 minutes a day, can help you lose weight.According to study by the journal of applied
physiology, one trick to losing weight is to cycle before breakfast, because our body burns more fat when are hungry than when we are full.
Other research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows that after only two weeks of cycling every other day,the cyclis’t ability to burn fat increases by 36%.
Working on short sprints, uphill or pedaling with a long ratio, speeds up your metabolism so you can keep burning fat even in the shower after you’ve got off the saddle.
It’s good for sleep
Researchers at the Stanford University Medical School have shown that cycling 20-30 minutes a day helps those suffering from insomnia to fall asleep in half the time and increases sleep by about an hour.
The benefits could also partly be due to exposure to sunlight while out cycling.
According to Professor Jim Horne of the University of Loughborough’s Sleep Research Center, sunlight helps us maintain our daily biological rhythms and decreases cortisol levels in the body, thereby stimulating sleep.
It’s good for sex
According to cardiologist Michael Crawford, “a well-trained heart pumps up to 50 percent more blood with each beat than an untrained one”.
What’s more,the male erection,is determined not only byarousal, but also by the inflow of blood into the penis and therefore a well-functioning cardiovascular system is the minimum requiremment.
Cycling also brings benefits to the legs, the pelvic area and the lower back, all muscles actively used during
So, the more these muscles are developed,the more rewarding the relationship will be.
According to Forbes magazine, the annual cost of operating a car is $ 8,220 compared to the annual operating cost of a bicycle which is $ 308: cycling costs 26 times less. The costs of gas, parking, fines, tax are all gone, insurance, and the purchase and maintenance costs are much lower.
It’s good for the environment
Replacing your car with a bike, as we know, is enormously beneficial to the environment and the air we breathe. Wider use of bikes reduces pollution and CO2 emissions,which once again,health benefits,as breathing a polluted air is not good for our lungs.
The Cycling also enhances the beauty of the city, reducing the presence of cars in town centres.
It is good for your mood
Our mood is the psychological and emotional condition that is the background to any human activity. We human beings feel a sensation or emotion during any event.
When cycling,we consume energy and the brain produces substances such as endorphins,which improve
Furthermore, the sense of freedom and self-determination,being the master of our own existence, increases psychological well-being.
Thanks to continuous use of the bike, our improved
physique also boots self-esteem, since we see ourselves as being more attractive and more fit.
We are then better able to accept ourselves and relate to others.
Lastly, in our psyche there is an internal dialogue called self-efficacy, wich is a sort of assessment and awareness of our own abilities, dictated precisely by our strengthened sense of self-determination.
Basically,we convince ourselves to be better, more attractive and stronger. And our mood will feel the difference, ca va sans dire!