1. Cycling Can Make You Happier
Taking a bike ride especially in the countryside can make you feel more calm and happier. This is largely due to the chain reaction of the brain chemistry when you are pedalling away. Riding a bike can help to nourish your body and when you give the body what it needs, it will reward you with loads of dopamine, which leads to a feeling of unimaginable happiness.
So if you need a little bit more of happiness juice in you, it is just a bike ride away and it cost absolutely nothing to achieve.
2. Create Healthy Family Time
Cycling is a fun activity that every member of the family can engage in and it can help in increasing your family bond. It will help your little kids develop a healthy habit and help the elderly ones live healthier and longer.
Cycling can help every family connect in ways they never thought was possible and it is definitely something every family needs.
3. It Will Make You Feel Sexier
I bet you didn’t know that cycling can make you feel a lot sexier, well it definitely can and this claim is backed up a survey carried out on 600 men and women by The British Heart Foundation. This survey showed that cyclists were seen as 13-percent more intelligent and cooler than people who didn’t take to cycling, and 23 percent of people who were interviewed during the survey said they would rather go on a blind date with a cyclist than any other athlete.
4. Help You Sleep Better
While taking an early morning bike ride might get you tired when you are done, it will definitely help you sleep better when you hit the sheet. According to a study by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine on some patients suffering from insomnia. They were able to go to bed way faster than they used to and also slept for an hour more than they used to after cycling for about 20-39 minutes daily.
This is largely due to the fact that exercise rids the body of stress hormones and cortisol, which can both affect your sleep level.
5. Lose Weight
Without a doubt, running is the most popular form of exercising but is it probably one of the hardest especially if you have more body max. Because all your weight is dependent on your legs and you will most likely get tired more often than not. This would in derail your weight loss journey. But with cycling, you could exercise more because the bike will bear the brunt of your weight and all you need to do is to cycle your way to the weight level that you desire.
Furthermore, just 30 minutes cycling can help you burn a higher amount of calories than you could ever envisage and this assertion is backed up by sports physiologist Mark Simpson of Loughborough University. Another study revealed that people who incorporate fast intervals when they are taking a ride can burn up to three and a half times more body fat than those who don’t.
6. Cycling Helps In Keeping Away With Cancer
Exercise can help in preventing cancer and there is no better form of exercising than cycling with family, friends or colleagues. Studies have shown that people who exercise more often have a low risk of developing cancer before it keeps their cells active.
So it would do you a lot of good if you ditch your car more often and cycle to work for a change as studies have also shown that cycling can help in reducing the risk of breast cancer in women by up to 34 percent.
7. Cycling Improves Your Sex Life
Cycling can help you become a “beast” in the sheet and this is because it enhances your vascular health, which will, in turn, improve your sexual drive. This assertion is backed up by scientific facts as a study carried out by researchers at Cornell University shows that male athletes are more sexually active than men who don’t engage in any sporting activity. While it pushes back menopause in women for a few years longer.
Thus a few minutes cycling every day will not only enhance your sexual ability but also reduce the risk of impotency. So if you need any other motivation to get to cycling, this is one.
8. Save The Planet
Do you know that about 20 bicycles can be packed in the same space that only one car can occupy? The answer is yes. Do you know that it also requires just 5 percent of the energy and materials that are needed to make a car to make one bike? The answer is also yes and the great thing about bikes is that they emit no pollution whatsoever.
Riding a bike is an efficient way to travel as you will get to destination three times faster than you would if you were walking with the same amount of energy. While you will get there faster if you use a car, you would burn about a gallon for every 2,924 miles that you take. So it’s totally smart to go for the most efficient option that will serve you best in the long run.
9. It Can Help You Live Longer
Forget about the fabled fountain of youth because it most likely doesn’t exist but something that can definitely help you live longer, is cycling. A King’s College London study that was carried out on 24,000 twins showed that those who took about 45 minutes of rides every week actually looked about nine years younger than does who don’t after other factors were taken into consideration.
Cycling helps the body become more efficient in defending itself so this will ensure that you are always rejuvenated at all times even when you are well into your 60s.
10. Helps Pregnant Mothers
Babies in the belly can enjoy a great deal of benefit if their pregnant mum takes to cycling. According to a research by scholars at Michigan University, pregnant women who engage in regular exercise when they are pregnant, have an easier labour, they recover faster and also have a better mood all through the duration of their pregnancy. There is also a lower chance of a child that is obese if you engage in cycling and other forms of exercise. Your babies will enjoy better utero-neurodevelopment if you take fitness more seriously.
According to a spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Patrick O;brien “There’s no doubt that moderate exercise such as cycling during pregnancy helps condition the mother and protect the foetus,”
There you have it, being pregnant is no excuse not to take your bike for a spin.
11. Builds Muscles
Cycling can help you get extra muscle mass because you will be required to use your thighs and muscles to propel it forward. This includes the gluteus muscles in the buttocks, the quadriceps in the thighs, and the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calves. You also make use of your hamstring, flexor muscles and arm muscles for control. These are the muscles that get enhanced in the gym and you won’t have to pay any monthly fee while you build these through cycling.
12. Bone Injuries, Arthritis and Cycling
Cycling improves strength, balance and coordination. It may also help to prevent falls and fractures. Riding a bike is an ideal form of exercise if you have osteoarthritis, because it is a low-impact exercise that places little stress on joints.
Cycling does not specifically help osteoporosis (bone-thinning disease) because it is not a weight-bearing exercise.
13. Great Aerobic Activity & Easy On The Joints
Riding a bike can make your joints better because when you are taking a ride you put a lot of weight on two bones in the pelvis that are called the ischial tuberosities. While you put too much weight on your legs when you are walking, the reverse is the case when you are cycling.
“That makes it good for anyone with joint pain or age-related stiffness,” says Dr Safran-Norton.
Furthermore, pushing pedals also provides an aerobic workout that is great for your brain, heart, and blood vessels. This exercise leads to the release of endorphins, which is the body’s feel-good chemicals that make you feel great and young at heart.
14. Heal Your Heart
A research by Purdue University, US, has revealed that cycling regularly can help in reducing the risk of having heart failure by up to percent.
This claim is backed up by another research by the British Heart Foundation that about 10,000 fatal heart attacks can averted every year if people engaged in cycling and other sports more regularly.
15. Make You Look Younger
Cycling can help you feel and look younger as it can help protect your skin from the harmful effect of UV radiation and reduce the effect of ageing. This is because it increases the circulation of oxygen and nutrient to cells in your skin, which helps in eliminating harmful toxins.
Cycling and other forms of exercises also help in enhancing the level of collage production that helps in reducing wrinkles and speeds up healing processes. So, a few hours of cycling might just keep the dermatologist away.
16. Beat Illness
An apple a day can keep a doctor away but a single bike ride will not only keep the doctor away. But will also make you more active and strengthen your immune cells so they can fight off any form of infection.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina revealed that people who ride a bike for about 30 minutes, 5 days a week are less likely to fall sick. This means they won’t miss out on work and would have extra money and time to invest in other leisure activities rather than a sickbed.
17. Boost Your Bowels
Cycling can help your digestive system work more efficiently as it will help in decreasing the time that is needed for food to pass through your large intestine. It can also reduce the amount of water that can be absorbed back into your system. This can also make it easier for you to use the toilet with ease.
Furthermore, Cycling can help in increasing your heart rate and breathing, which will have an effect on the contraction of your intestinal muscles. Thus you won’t feel bloated and the chances of bowel cancer will be greatly reduced.
18. Keep Blood Pressure Stable
A lot of researches have shown that cycling can help in reducing the blood pressure level by up to 8 (diastolic) to about 10 (systolic) points within a month.
Cycling makes it easier for your system to pump blood faster, thus making your arteries suppler, this would, in turn, prevent any form of clogging.
19. Avoid Pollution
Do you know that commuters in buses, cars and taxis inhale more noxious gas than cyclists and pedestrians? Yes, this is true and this fact is backed up by a research at Imperial College London. The study showed that taxi passengers are exposed to more than 100,000 ultraﬁne particles – which can settle in the lungs and damage cells – per cubic centimetre. Bus passengers sucked up just under 100,000 and people in cars inhaled about 40,000. Cyclists, meanwhile, were exposed to just 8,000 ultraﬁne particles per cubic centimetre. This is largely due to the fact that cyclist inhales fewer fume because they ride in open spaces.
20. Make New Friends and Stay Healthy
Cycling can improve your social skills as it releases hormone oxytocins that can help you relate better with people. According to a nine study by Harvard Medical School, people who have more friends have a lower risk of dying early than people who don’t, they also have lower blood pressure and stronger immune system. The result clearly shows that not having close friends can affect your health negatively and one of the easiest ways to socialise more and stay healthy is to cycling. This means you get to make friends and also stay fit at the same time.
21. Spend Quality Time With Your Partner
It doesn’t matter if your pace isn’t perfectly matched – just slow down and enjoy each cycling together. Many couples make one or two riding ‘dates’ every week. And it makes sense: Exercise helps release feel-good hormones, so after a ride, you’ll have a warm feeling towards each other even if he leaves the toilet seat up and her hair is blocking the plughole again.
22. Diabetes Control
Diabetes can increase the chances of contracting different forms of diseases like stroke, heart disease, kidney infection, skin diseases, ocular diseases and other kinds of diseases. But the great thing is that it effects can be mitigated by regular exercise, this also includes cycling. Cycling is a great form of exercise that can be used in controlling diabetes as the glucose present in the cells is exhausted and the glucose from the blood is drawn in by the cells and converted into useful energy.
23. Increased Energy Levels
Cycling can help you increase your body’s stamina and boost your endurance level to the maximum. Once your energy level gets high you will be able to engage in more activities and even add more activity to your regular day activities. This is largely due to the fact that cycling requires a lot of fitness and endurance since you will be riding over a long distance (often or occasionally) so it will be easier for you to deal with other physical responsibilities.
24. Stress and Pain Management
A bicycle ride can help in mitigating stress and make it easier for you to have a little bit of fun. While a lot of people might not be able to engage in more rigorous sporting activities, cycling is very easy to engage in and it not only helps in stress reduction but also depression.
Cycling also helps in dealing with pain and it is seen as a veritable form of pain management. This is why it is also referred to as a releasing exercise as it plays a vital role in alleviating physiological and psychological issues like pain and tension. It is a popularly accepted form of pain-reduction that can also be used on children, as well as adults.
25. Remedy for Arthritis
Regular cycling is one of the best ways to prevent and reduce the effect of arthritis. This also works within indoor static cycling as both the muscle in the lower legs and thighs are used in pedaling and when it is done regularly, you stand a better chance of controlling any form of arthritis.
26. Get and Feel High
A study carried out neurologist from the University of Bonn visualised endorphins in the brains of 10 volunteers before and after a two-hour cardio session using a technique called positive emission tomography (PET). Comparing the pre- and post-run scans, they found evidence of more opiate binding of the happy hormone in the frontal and limbic regions of the brain – areas known to be involved in emotional processing and dealing with stress.
“There’s a direct link between feelings of wellbeing and exercise, and for the ﬁrst time this study proves the physiological mechanism behind that,” explains study co-ordinator Professor Henning Boecker.
27. Helps You Breath Better
Exercise naturally makes people breath better because it stretches you to your limit and opens up your lungs. This is because you need to put in more work when you are engaged in any sporting activities. This is, in turn, makes you breath faster and it will get your body acclimatize to better living
28. Its Rejuvenating
Do you feel tired on a daily basis and you just want to get back to your bubbling self? A ride will do the magic. What a lot of people don’t know is the fact that exercising is a great to get your body up and running rather than just sitting around. A study carried out between 1945 and 2005 showed that exercising helps in lowering fatigue levels. That’s why a lot of cycling enthusiast always feel rejuvenated after taking their bikes for a spin over a few or more kilometres.
29. Synchs With Your Schedule
The great thing about cycling is that it won’t disrupt your day in a way even when you have a tight schedule. It is one of the sporting activities that can easily sync with your schedule effortlessly. This assertion is backed up by the medical director of the Women’s Sports Medical Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Lisa Callahan who said; “You get the same cardiovascular benefits from cycling that you get from any other form of aerobic exercise—walking, jogging or dancing. It can be a very effective cardiovascular benefit.”
So without missing out on other important parts of your life, you can also give your muscle a boost without putting too much strain on your body. Cycling can also help you deal with weight gain and waistline expansion, which a lot of women experience at midlife.
30. Less Time To Move Around
When you have a bike, you get to spend less time on the road than you are used to. This is because you have to check the oil of your car, get stuck in traffic, look for a parking spot, pay to park and sometimes make a public announcement to get the attention of the driver who is parked behind your car.
Even if you don’t have a car and you want to take a bus, you still have to get to the bus stop, wait for the bus to arrive and it might even come in late, pay your bus fare, look for a seat and have to endure every minute that it takes to pick up other passengers.
However, you won’t have to go through all these when you are riding a bike because everything is within your control, ou won’t have to deal with traffic, look for a parking space or fight another driver one. Cycling makes everything a lot easier and smoother.
31. Shopping Made Easy
Cycling makes shopping a whole lot easier than you could ever imagine as you need to do is to add the items that you need in your basket and you are all set to go. You will be amazed to how much you can pack in one shopping trip unlike when you take a bus or car (you will spend extra on transportation and gas).
Shopping by bicycle is also a pleasant experience compared to shopping by car. This is because bikes are barely affected by traffic congestions or traffic that often builds up around the shopping centres and car parks. Also, the trip to and from the shops will be a pleasant and casual journey instead of a frustrating, grid-locked hassle. Leaving the car at home allows you to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the journey, say hello to a friend along the way or duck into a favourite shop on the way home without having to look for another parking spot.
32. Cycling Can Ease Your Stress Levels
Cycling or working is a lot better on your mental and emotional wellbeing than riding a car, train or bus to work. A report by health economists at the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School revealed that people who stopped driving to work faced less stress and were able to concentrate more at work.
33. It Is Safe
While a lot of people think Cycling is a dangerous form of transportation because you are exposed to other commuters on the road. The reverse is the case as in Australia only about 2.7% that have been killed on the road were riding a bike. There is still significant room for improvement and so it is important to note that there is a well-established way to achieve an improvement in road safety for bicycle users and pedestrians. It is called the “safety-in-numbers effect”.
34. Increases Bonding
Cycling is a sporting activity that allows for more interaction when you are riding with a partner as you could easily slow your pace to match with theirs or simply bump your pace to catch with them. This will improve your social skills and also enhance team bonding if it is done with a large team.
This bonding can be transferred other aspects of life like business, marriage and the likes because of the team that cycle together, stays together.
35. Increases Your IQ
There are a few sporting activities that can spark up your brain like a bike ride. And this assertion has been backed up by a study carried out by researchers at the University of IIlinios which have shown that the 5% improvement that you experience in cardio=respiratory system can enhance your IQ by up to 15%. This is largely due to the fact that cycling helps the brain in building up cells in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that helps in retaining memory and is often affected by age.
This assertion is backed up by a statement by lead professor of this research who stated that “Cycling stimulates your sensesa and helps people remember past memoris accurately.
So if you are having issues remembering your schedule or your study or wife’s birthday, get on the bike and get to cycling to get your IQ up and running.
36. It’s a Positive Addiction
If you are engaged in harmful activities like smoking, excessive eating and drinking then you definitely need to take up cycling because it is the one’s addiction that will benefit in more ways than one. It will make you feel healthier, happier and boost other areas of your life.
37. Indulge More
We all have our cravings that we want to satisfy and more often than not they often come with some sort of repercussions that we could do without. But this won’t be a problem for you if you are engaged in long bike rides that can help you burn calories in more ways than one because then you can do it without feeling guilty.
Cycling is the perfect excuse that you need binge on crisps and another form of salty foods that you tend to ignore because you don’t want to put on weight.
38. Reduce Symptoms of PMS
Yes, women can mitigate the effect and symptoms of PMS like pains, feeling bloated and irritable if they take on cycling a little bit more seriously even when you are seeing your period. Over the years researchers have shown that over 80 percent of women who have tried this have reported that they felt a little bit better than when they didn’t.
39. Cycling Improves Mood
Are you feeling down? Or you just need an outlet to vent or let off some steam? Trust us a bike ride might just need the juice that you need to get your spirit back up. Cycling and other physical activity help to stimulate different parts of your body and it will leave you nourished.
You might want to feel great about yourself and your experience so as to increase not just your mood but also your mood. Cycling can give you all that and a lot more.
40. Improves Your Body
Have you ever seen a regular cyclist who looks out of shape and bloated? We guess not and this is because cycling is a sport that can help you stay in shape. Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
Regular trips to the gym are great but don’t worry if you can’t find a large chunk of time to exercise every day. To reap the benefits of exercise, just get more active throughout your day — take the stairs instead of the elevator or rev up your household chores. Consistency is key.
41. Low Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease
Cycling can help you deal with Cardiovascular diseases like stroke, high blood pressure and heart diseases. This is because it stimulates and enhances the lungs, heart and blood circulation, which helps in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Researchers have also shown that people who take a bike ride to work have stronger heart muscles, low resting pulse and reduced blood fat levels. A study carried out in Denmark also shows that about 30,000 people between the ages of 23 to 93 years who engage in regular cycling are protected from heart diseases.
42. Brings Out The Explorer In You
Cycling is an adventurous sport that will open up eyes to a lot of beauty things that Mother Nature has to offer to us. It will give you another perspective on life as you will get to explore areas in your community or immediate community that you never thought was possible.
While other forms of transportation are also great they limit the opportunities that you could have to take momentary stops and soak in nature. So if you have a knack for adventure and want to explore your nature more, a bike ride is the ideal vocation to take up.
43. Improves Posture and Conditions
Posture is one problem a lot of men and even women have to deal with because of the rigorous and sedentary lifestyle that they have to live on a daily basis and one of the best ways that you can use to solve any bad posture issue is exercise, most especially cycling.
When you are cycling you are stationed in a particular way and this helps in keeping your posture stable in the long run. It is particularly helpful if you work in the office and that’s why it is always better to ride a bike to work than to drive.
44. It Is Fun
Have you ever seen anyone frowning when they are riding? I am sure you haven’t and neither have I! Cycling gives you the opportunity to unwind and enjoy many things that you never knew existed. It will make you happy in more ways than you could never imagine. This is because it is simply fun and totally engaging. You can get your entire family out there in the woods, park or anywhere fun to unwind in a fun social setting.
So, if you are looking to try something new and fun, Cycling should be your first option. Because it is not only always fun, but also rewarding.
45. Cycling Improves Endurance
Cycling is one sporting activity that requires a lot of hard work and it can help you build your endurance level if you are planning to engage in a professional sporting activity. Cycling requires your whole body to be active at the same time.Thus, it can enhance your senses and make you more aware of your immediate surroundings even when you are not riding a bike.