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Benefits of cycling – why you should choose this form of physical activity?

Publish date 23.03.2023

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Benefits of cycling – why you should choose this form of physical activity?

Cycling is a frequently chosen form of physical activity. It is practiced by younger and older people. Even small children ride their little bicycles, which have an extra wheel on the side to help them keep their balance. 

This is a very enjoyable activity, as it not only allows you to move around a bit, but you also have the opportunity to be outdoors in the company of beautiful nature. It’s worth it to take a bike tour like this, even just to see how beautiful your neighborhood looks. 

There are many benefits of cycling. You may not even realize some of them, so in this article, I will introduce them to you. You will see what are the benefits of cycling, and maybe this will help you add cycling to your workout. It is worthwhile to add variety to your workout.

Benefits of cycling – burning calories and a better figure 

Many people who choose any kind of physical activity don’t do it just because they want to, but because they also have a hidden goal in it – most often they want to get fit and then get the figure of their dreams. Beginners start with running, but it is also worthwhile to start cycling. 

During one hour of cycling, you can burn up to 500 kcal! However, you must remember that the value of calories burned depends on what pace you ride at. 

I probably don’t need to tell you that shedding pounds will have an impact on how your figure looks. This is probably one of the best biking benefits. 

Strong muscles

Don’t have the strength to climb the 4th floor? Does it make it difficult for you? Well – that means you have no fitness and weak leg muscles. Thanks to cycling you can change that.

This physical activity will sculpt the muscles of your legs – especially: the quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. But that’s not all, you will also strengthen your abdominal muscles. Thanks to this sport, your figure is shaping up well and you will be proud of your progress.

Strong muscles as one of the benefits of cycling
Thanks to cycling, your muscles will be beautifully sculpted.

From bicycling to running – ideal transition for obese people 

Are you an obese person and want to start running? Unfortunately, you can’t do it right away. Your BMI is too high and if you start running, it can have bad consequences. It has a bad effect on your knees and joints, as they have to endure a lot of strain while running – you may get an injury, which will prevent you from continuing to lose weight. That’s why it’s a good idea to bet on cycling first, where your knee joints won’t be as stressed, and you’ll slowly burn calories and lose weight. 

Improve health through cycling 

The benefits of biking are not just about burning calories – they are more than that. 

With regular training, your cardiovascular system will improve, thus reducing the risk of strokes and heart problems. 

Cycling also strengthens your immune system and improves your visual and motor skills. Through this sport, you will also improve agility, reaction speed, and stress resistance. You will feel relaxed and finally be able to forget about the problems that plague you and focus on the here and now. 

Do you see the huge benefits this sport has on your health? I guess now you have no doubt why you should start doing it.

Better well-being and ease of mind

Playing sports is an ideal way to improve your mood. All thanks to the fact that happiness hormones – endorphins, are secreted during training. They are what make you enjoy cycling. They make you finally able to fully relax. 

What’s more, you are most often surrounded by nature and wildlife  – a pleasant sunny day, a light breeze in your hair while riding….ahh, what more could you want more. In this way, you will regain balance in your life and, when you return, you will take a fresh approach to the problems that previously did not give you the ease of mind.

Benefits of biking – live in harmony with nature

By choosing to ride a bicycle you are not only taking care of your health but your loved ones and the environment. Now there is a lot of talk about how, through exhaust fumes and other toxic dust, our environment is polluted, and air quality (especially in larger cities) is getting worse. 

Going to work out to the store, choose biking instead of your car. You may think it won’t make a difference anyway. However, if more people choose the same way you do, then it may already have some impact on our lives. Bicycles are non-polluting and reduce people’s dependence on fossil fuels. 

I’m not talking about very long-distance trips, of course, just the short ones you use a car for. Shorter trips by car are worse, according to statistics, due to the consideration of heating the vehicle’s engine, actually underheating it, which translates directly into increased fuel consumption and faster wear and tear.

So hop on your bike today for a shopping trip or to work and take care of your health, fitness, and our beloved planet.

When you don’t have time for a workout

Cycling to work or to work is also an ideal form of training for people who are busy and do not have time to schedule training into their day. This way you will do your daily workout, and you will already be charged with endorphins and energy for all your duties before work.

Be everywhere on time

Don’t you like being late? Me too. You’ve probably stood in traffic many times and know that it will be a long time before you move forward and thus you’ll be late for work, or an important meeting or you won’t pick up your child from kindergarten on time. 

Choose your bike and don’t worry about traffic jams. Regardless of the hour and the length of the traffic, you will easily ride the route from point A to point B. You will arrive everywhere on time. You will cover a given section of the route at a very similar time every day.

Benefits of cycling - everywhere always on time
Late for work? Not on a bike. Avoid traffic jams on the road!

Save money by cycling

You spend money on fuel…maybe you could save money and spend it on your pleasures? You can do this by choosing to ride a bicycle. Then you don’t have to worry about having to fill up your tank, or spending a considerable amount of money in the process.

Competitions – more opportunities thanks to cycling

Another advantage of cycling is that you can take part in more interesting competitions, of which there are more and more. If you already run and include cycling then you can take part in a duathlon, which can be a challenge at the very beginning. 

Then just add swimming to your workouts and you can start preparing for a triathlon. You are sure to find interesting competitions in your city where you can use your passion for cycling. Try it, but remember to start with the shortest distances – This way you will see what such a race is like and whether you can handle a short distance. Then you can increase it and take part in more and more demanding competitions.

Competitions with a bike - benefits of cycling
Face other competitors. Exercise regularly and participate in a duathlon or triathlon.

Helps with sleep 

Cycling benefits? It can help you sleep better. You should pay attention to this especially if you have sleep problems. 

When you don’t sleep enough hours, then the amount of a hormone called cortisol increases in your body – this leads to a harder time falling asleep. 

Cycling will help you lower the levels of this hormone in your body. With regular exercise, you will sleep better and have more energy for your daily chores and workouts the next day.

Make friends 

Sport is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with other people who have the same interests as you! Look for groups on social media, where you’ll meet people who, like you, want to start or are already cycling and enjoy it. 

You will also probably find local groups – then you can arrange with other cyclists to go for a workout together. There is nothing better than spending time with people who share your passion.

Explore your neighborhood

Because of our busy lifestyles, it’s hard to go for a simple walk. However, when you decide to go cycling you will eventually have to leave home and… go out into the world. Into the world – I think about your neighborhood. Through cycling, you can see places you haven’t yet discovered. 

What are the benefits of cycling? Right now you know – not only for your physical health but also for your mental health. What’s more, you can finally get away from everyday life. Therefore, don’t wait long, get on your bike! 

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