Whether it’s to boost your fitness, health or bank balance, taking up bicycle riding could be one of the best decisions you ever make.
Not convinced? Here are 5 legit reasons why you should start riding.
1 BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Instead of spending your dough stocking up vitamin C, all you have to do is ride at least 3-5 times a week. Your immune system weakens when there’s too much inflammation in the body. While constant and continuous hard training can increase inflammation, according to the article in the Journal of Sport and Health Science, moderate exercise lowers inflammation levels, boost the body’s defence system, metabolic health and immune regulation.
2 IMPROVES YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Mental health is often neglected especially in this fast pace world of ours. It is as imperative as physical health. According to BioPsychoSocial Medicine, cycling has shown to lower cortisol levels in the brain, which is associated with lowering depression symptoms and anxiety. It not only improves your emotional health and mood but also enhances sleep and memory. Needless to say, cycling is the way to positive mental health.
3 BUILDS YOUR MUSCLE
Want to tone your body? Cycle and get your muscle around the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves in tip-top shape. The resistance element of cycling means that it doesn’t just burn fat, it also builds muscle. This directly associate with weight loss as muscle is leaner than fat, and people with a higher percentage of muscle burn more calories even when sedentary.
4 REDUCES CANCER RISK
A study published in the British Medical Journal showed that biking to work has a direct link to a 45% reduced risk of dying from cancer and a 46% reduced risk of heart disease. Whereas a study in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that consistent daily exercise at moderate-intensity levels can lower the risk for break cancer.
5 PREVENTS DIABETES
Cycling and exercise, in general, are excellent ways to combat disease and lower your risk as you age. Apparently, another benefit is lowering your risk for Type 2 diabetes. While sedentary lifestyles have shown to increase risk factors, it is proven that daily recreational and commuter cycling can decrease late-in-life initiation of diabetes.
Exercising can be more difficult than before during this period of time. But that should not stop you from riding to keep healthy! Even when you are riding alone, know that we are fighting to stay fit as a community.
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