It’s a relatively cheap way of developing and maintaining your fitness – not to mention it’s environmentally friendly.
But have you ever considered taking up cycling? Here are six good reasons why you should.
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Improves your mental wellbeing
Cycling releases adrenalin and endorphins which boost your mood and make you feel mentally refreshed. What’s more, taking up a new sport or exercise gives you a confidence boost and something to look forward to.
Helps you lose weight
Depending on your weight and the intensity level you choose to ride; cycling can burn between 400 and 1,000 calories an hour. Of course, your diet plays a big part in weight loss. But if you cycle regularly and eat well, you should lose weight.
Reduces heart disease and cancer risk
The NHS recommends cycling as an exercise that cuts your risk of developing major illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. Research from the University of Glasgow also found that cycling to work can cut a rider’s risk of developing heart disease or cancer in half.
It’s low impact
Cycling isn’t a weight-bearing exercise like running. Scientists have found that runners can suffer between 133-144% more muscle damage and 256% more inflammation than a cyclist.
Boosts your brain power
Exercise leads to improved blood flow to your brain, which in turn improves brain health. And a 2013 study found that cyclists’ blood flow in the brain rose by 28% during exercise.
Expands your social circle
You don’t have to take up cycling alone. There are plenty of cycling groups across the country, or you could even ask a friend to take it up with you. Riding with someone or as part of a group will keep you motivated, and you’ll have someone to chat to on your ride.
Other ways to protect your health
Taking regular exercise, particularly through something as fun and active as cycling, is a good way of keeping your health in check.
But regular exercise alone won’t ensure a healthy lifestyle. You need to take a holistic approach to protecting your health, and consider factors such as: