Most people think of riding a bike as just a leisurely activity. Some do it for sport (like when you see the pack of cyclists riding on the side of the road, training for the next ride.) But a lot of people don't know much about the health benefits cycling actually provides.
INCREASES HEART STRENGTH
Most people know that exercise has many benefits such as weight loss and increased physical health, but did you know that daily exercise such as cycling could also improve your cardiovascular and mental health as well? Studies have shown that a short 30-minute ride per day can help increase heart strength while also decreasing chances of high blood pressure. According to Purdue University, a healthy exercise regimen can decrease your risk of heart disease by almost 50 percent.
GOOD FOR YOUR OVERALL MENTAL WELL-BEING
Regular exercise is good for your overall mental well-being. It also helps fight depression while increasing brain power. While it may seem that cycling is a relatively easy task, your brain is stimulated in multiple ways from cognitive control, function, creative thinking and decision making especially during new routes. In fact, a regular cycling routine has shown to help treat children with ADD, as well as fight signs of early Alzheimer’s.
When you work out, your body releases endorphins, which naturally improve your mood and confidence.
At the end of the day, whether its cycling or any other form of exercise, there are many benefits to a regular routine that will improve your overall wellbeing.