5 Must-Know Reasons Why to Start Cycling Today
As we venture outside and look for alternatives to staying healthy or moving, the bicycle presents itself as a sustainable and viable solution. Whether you choose it as a hobby, a routine or to protect the environment, this amazing activity has many benefits.
1. Keeps You Fit Without Gym or Studio
Cycling has always been one of the top five exercises anyone has taken to keep fit. It increases your heart rate and helps you burn calories faster than most exercises and also helps you in building muscle in the process. One-hour cycling can help you burn anywhere between 400-1000 calories, depending on the intensity and weight of the rider. So if you are wondering how you can keep fit when most gyms and fitness studios are closed, then a bicycle is the answer for you!
2. It Helps to Build Lung Health
Did you know, the WHO mentioned in its COVID-19 handbook that people with strong lung capacity and healthy respiratory systems are less likely to contract COVID? Cycling helps to increase the health of your lungs to a faster level and helps you develop a strong respiratory system. Cycling increases the amount of blood in your lungs and increases your metabolism. If you cycle longer, it helps to increase your stamina and strengthens your immunity.
3. Fix your sleeping issues with daily pedaling
It is not very difficult to decode, exhausting yourself will definitely make you sleep better at night, but it has been proved with cycling. Researchers at the University of Georgia studied men and women between the ages of 20 and 85 to find that the reduction in physical anxiety brought about by a bicycle helps increase their ability to sleep.
4. It helps to improve mental well-being
Exercise can increase your mood in many ways, ranging from the original release of endorphins and adrenaline to increase confidence in achieving physical goals. Cycling, being an outdoor exercise also gives you time for yourself and makes you feel calm. A study by the YMCA showed that people with an active lifestyle had well over 32 percentage points more than inactive individuals. For frequent cyclists, it acts like meditation and helps them to concentrate.
5. This is your small contribution to help the environment
By using your cycle as your daily travel companion you solve many environmental problems. Vehicles are a major cause of noise pollution, air pollution, and overcrowding in our environment. By using a cycle for your day-to-day movement, you can contribute to the environment and solve all these problems on a personal level. A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Only by taking the initiative to use the bicycle as your daily driver, think of everything you can do for the environment and all the money you save on fuel expenses can be put to other use! Even better, invest in an e-bicycle.
As humans, we many times believe that simply doing something to us will not actually move the needle, but it is important to realize that a step in the right direction will encourage many others and before you know it, it Is a revolution.