Warmer days have finally come and along with it time reserved for outdoor sports. Get your bikes out of basement or attic, wipe the dust off and instead of bus or a car and take up cycling to go to work. This is a really fun way to activate your entire body and also to chisel off some pounds because cycling will boost your metabolism and improve muscle tone too. However, if you think these are not enough convincing reasons to take up cycling, then maybe you’ll change your mind after reading 10 reasons why you should engage into cycling.
10 reasons why you should take up cycling
Even moderate cycling has been proven to reduce depression, reduce stress level, improves mood and raises self-esteem.
A number of muscles need to be activated just to ride a bike. Cycling activates leg, butt, abdominal and back muscles, the latter two of which help stabilize the body on a bike and cut down the risk of falling from the bike etc. while arm and shoulder muscles offer support of torso, i.e. upper part of the body holding the handlebar. All movements involved in cycling exercise and strengthen muscles making them stronger and ensuring better performance.
Cycling boosts metabolism and improves calorie burn. Did you know that cycling is easier on your joints than running or some other high-impact aerobic activity and burns the same amount of calories?
Strengthens immune system
Moderate physical activity such as cycling strengthens immune system which protects the body from infections and various diseases.
Everyday cycling is effective and comfortable aerobic exercise. It reduces the risk of serious diseases like numerous cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.
Builds bone strength
Moderate cycling has a positive effect on bone density and strength. Besides, the entire muscle is strengthened by regular cycling since this activity supports and protects the skeletal system.
Firms the skin and prevents cellulite
Cycling has a positive impact on muscle tone and by that, the very appearance of the skin. Muscle tissue is strengthened through moving and exercising which results in fat loss, improved circulation and better fuel of cells with oxygen.
Back pain prevention
If you ride a bike properly, then your back is in an optimal position while leg muscles stimulate low back muscles where most injuries occur. Cycling stimulates small back muscles which are otherwise hard to activate through other types of exercise, thereby reducing pain and the possibility of spinal cord injury.
Circular balanced movements help stabilize physical and emotional functions of the body. Cycling is known for its ability to reduce anxiety, depression and other psychological problems and it also keeps hormones in balance.
Helps the environment
There is an endless list of examples which showcase that our planet is getting more polluted every day and cycling is one of the ways to tackle this burning issue. Therefore, take on cycling and look great while doing something even greater such as protecting the nature!
Translation: G. Dujmović