To stay fit and healthy, it’s important to engage in regular physical activity. Whether you walk, run, swim, hike, surf, cycle, or do anything else active, being active really is crucial for your health.
Not only can regular exercise help to protect you from serious diseases and conditions such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis but it can also improve your mental health, boost your mood and reduce your risk of a myriad of health issues associated with leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Biking is a highly effective, fun, low-impact exercise that offers a range of health benefits. Whether you use your bike to commute around town, you compete in local races, or you prefer to take to the trails, bikes are the perfect tool to stay in shape and keep fit.
Regardless of your age or ability level, you can improve your physical and mental health while enjoying all of the wonderful health benefits that biking has to offer.
Let’s take a look at just some of the health benefits that biking can provide.
Aid Weight Management
Going out cycling regularly is a great way to reduce body fat and stay lean. Cycling at high intensity is particularly effective at burning fat, helping you to manage your weight with more ease.
Cycling also increases lean muscle mass and boost your metabolism meaning you continue to burn calories even when you’re out of the saddle.
Build Leg Strength
As you might imagine, cycling can significantly improve your leg strength. Turning the pedals to propel you forward, especially up hills, engages the quads, glutes, calves and hamstrings, building strength over time.
The benefit of cycling over lifting weights or other leg-strengthening activities is it does not put any stress on the muscles, resulting in fewer injuries.
Develop Core Stability
Having a stable core can help you to avoid lower back injuries, maintain correct posture and be stronger and more comfortable both in and out of the saddle.
Holding your body in an upright position when you are cycling, will require you to engage your core, improving your strength as you spend more time on your bike.
Improve Your Mental Health
All exercise has a positive impact on your mental health, reducing stress and anxiety, helping with depression and improving mood. When you are cycling, you need to focus on the road or the trail ahead and remain as ‘in the moment’ as you possibly can.
This can help to give you a break from dealing with any issues that might be bothering you and gain a fresh perspective. Cycling also encourages you to spend more time outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air, which is also a proven mood booster.
Better Balance And Coordination
As well as improving your mental and physical health, biking can also improve your reaction times, balance, posture and your coordination. Stabilising your body on the bike, anticipating what other road or trail users are going to do and being aware of everything around you, will require you to be balanced and coordinated when you are on your bike.
Improving your balance and coordination through cycling can help you to reduce the risk of falls and fractures, giving you more time in the saddle.
Get On Your Bike To Improve Your Health And Well-Being
Cycling is a fantastic way to spend more time outdoors, make friends, and improve your physical and mental health and well-being. From managing your weight to helping you deal with stress and improving posture, biking is a great addition to any workout routine.
Take the time to get out on two wheels more often and start enjoying all of the amazing benefits that cycling has to offer.