COVID-19 is still continuing to spread, and cases are even increasing in some parts of the country. The Philippines has reported more than 1.24 million cases and more than 21,000 deaths as of June 4, 2021. Strict guidelines are still being implemented: avoiding unnecessary travels, and most especially, physically distancing in crowds. Perhaps, you are wondering what you need to do for your own physical and mental health this time. Why not try cycling? There are lots of ways cycling is good for you from strengthening your immune system to saving money. Still not convinced? Here are the top reasons why cycling is good for you!
Top Reasons Why Cycling is Good For You
Below are the reasons why you need to start riding a bike.
Cycling can fix your broken heart – I mean literally.
Research shows that you can reverse any age-related heart problem, but you have to make any aerobic exercise a part of your routine before it’s too late. One of them is cycling. Regular cycling actually improves your heart and lungs condition, and it stimulates blood circulation. As a result, it reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases. Cycling strengthens the heart muscles and it also reduces blood fat levels.
Increases Brain Power
All aerobic exercises can be good for the brain because they help maintain blood flow to the organ providing it with supply of nutrients and oxygen. People who exercise regularly often find that their brain remains sharp as they age.
Reduces Risk of Big C
Many researchers have studied the relationship between exercise and cancer, especially colon and breast cancer. Research has shown that if you cycle, the chance of bowel cancer is reduced. Some evidence suggests that regular cycling reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Helps Lose Weight
If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, cycling is a great—not to mention fun!—way to start. Hopping on your bike and going for a long, easy ride or doing something short and fast both have immense health benefits and can bring joy into your life..
If you bike commute instead of public transport you can save money. It’s because you won’t need gas, no need to pay for car insurance, and bikes are relatively cheaper to buy and maintain. There is no need as well to go to the gym because cycling is already a way to workout. Basically, it’s a low-cost leisure with a lot of benefits.
Another reason why cycling is good for you is it boosts your mood in the same way all physical exercise makes you happy through stimulating the release of happy chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. The stress-reducing benefits of cycling can help you manage your work life balance by making you productive.
Make Friends and Stay Fit Together
Cycling can help you explore your surroundings. It also gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with your friends, and take on a road trip together.
How Often Should You Cycle to Reap the Benefits
Research suggests an hour of steady cycling at a good pace is considered as a good and healthy balance. Do it three to five times a week and you surely get these benefits flowing. It’s an easy and enjoyable addition to your healthy lifestyle. Just make sure to take precautionary measures when you cycle down the road. Remember, always keep safe!
Cha of Little Misadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.