Aside from being a popular sport, there are more Mental and Health benefits to cycling than what is popularly advertised. People sometimes don’t take biking seriously as a form of workout, but the health benefits it brings certainly indicate that there is more to cycling than merely being a leisure activity.
Let’s take a look at the Health and Mental benefits that cycling can give:
1. It’s a perfect cardio workout on its own
Biking may seem low-impact, but it is actually a good cardio workout. Cyclists have their heart rates increased during riding sessions; the effect of biking to the cardiovascular system is similar to what those high-intensity workouts can bring. It has the same heart-pumping effect, but not as intense.
2. Helps those with tendon/ligament injuries get back on track
Being a low-impact exercise, cycling is often prescribed by physicians and therapists for those who have Achilles tendonitis or injuries related to tears in the ligaments/tendons/leg muscle groups. Cycling can help improve blood circulation in the injured areas, thus speeding up the healing process. This form of exercise also helps those with chronic pain related to tendonitis to be able to work-out with ease, as opposed other forms of exercises, like running, for instance, which can aggravate the condition.
3. Cycling aids in weight loss
Biking is not only a sport; it is also a form of weight-loss program. If done at least several times in a week and in considerable lengths, this exercise can aid in trimming those extra pounds. This is also a better exercise option than jogging or running, especially for those who are just starting in their weight-loss journey. It is less strenuous for newbies but it gives the same results if done right.
4. Biking to work helps with saving $$$
As a matter of fact, it really does! Employees who rode bikes going to work not only stayed fit, but also saved considerable amounts of cash which were supposed to be used for commute expenses. Not only they were able to save money and get fit by biking—they also became more productive in their workplaces as compared to their non-biking peers, as concluded by a recent study.
5. Keeps stress levels down
Biking, as with any workout, helps the release of endorphins that help elevate one’s mood. The rush of these hormones lessens stress, and keeps one happy. Also, the feel of the wind rushing to your body as you cycle is literally relaxing. The view is also one of the main treats in biking—discovering new trails and terrains is one of the exciting bits in a biker’s day.
6. Prevents cancer
Along with the release of stress-relieving hormones in the body as one bikes, the body also increases hormones which command the body to strengthen its defense. The immune system of the body is boosted, therefore keeping illness at bay. There is also a study that those who bike (or do a significant amount of workout per week) have reduced cancer risks as opposed to those who are sedentary.
7. Gives you the quads of your dreams
Not only does biking make an excellent workout option; it is also a perfect leg-toning exercise, without the weights. Those who cycle regularly work-out their quads and leg muscle groups more, leading them to have those most-coveted quads.
It is not fair to think that biking is only for athletes or that it’s just a simple leisure activity. Biking is a complete workout in itself—it is cardio, and it is also a perfect muscle-toning activity. Its cancer-preventing and stress-relieving properties are worth mentioning too. Cycling has really a lot, lot to offer, and it’s worth giving a try. The tremendous view and the awesome quads are just a bonus.
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