If you already ride a bicycle, you probably know how awesome riding a bike is. If you aren’t already 100% sold on riding a bicycle, here are some great reasons you should get on your bike.
Cycling improves your fitness
Regular cycling can lead to improved cardiovascular fitness, whether it’s low or high intensity, getting your cardiovascular system pumping improves fitness.
Reduce you chance of developing health issues
Regular cycling has been shown to be a great method of exercise to reduce the chances of developing heart disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, stroke, anxiety and depression.
Cycling improves mental health and wellbeing
Research has shown that people who exercise regularly, have a higher amount of wellbeing, with improved mood, with your brain releasing the good / fun chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
Cycling can stimulate weight loss
Cycling is a low impact exercise that can help create a negative energy balance to lose weight. Riding a bike can burn between 300-1000 calories an hour depending on the intensity you ride at. Regular exercise also improves your metabolic rate, which can assist in weight loss.
Riding a bike saves you money!
If you can incorporate your cycling into a mode of transport for getting to work or the shops, the amount of money you can save can be significant. I mean you could save the money for even more bikes or more coffee! It is estimated over one billion people ride bicycles every day as transport or recreation.
Riding a bike helps save the environment
Cycling reduces the effects of pollution, wear and tear on our roads and is a pollution free way of transport.
Riding a bike vs not exercising, helps with getting a good night’s sleep. Not only does riding your bike help burn energy and tire you out, the flow on effects of a healthier weight, helps reduce chance of sleep dysfunction and sleep apnoea which can affect sleep quality.
Riding bicycles are just awesome overall we think.
From the team at Euro Cycle Tours, have a great day.
Note: This is not individualised training advice, and all athletes should consult with an exercise or medical expert about their specific health needs.