The Benefits Of Cycling

Cycling is an exercise that has many benefits to our physical and mental health. With over 2 million people in the UK using their bike at least once a week and with an increased number using the good weather and more time on their hands to ake up or recommence cycling due to the Coronavirus then let's have a look at the benefits of cycling and why cycling is a great form of exercise.

Improved physical health


The physical benefits of cycling are well documented. Cycling is an aerobic activity, by cycling, you will get the blood pumping from your heart around your body and over time aerobic exercise will help lower your blood pressure and your resting heart rate. Cycling will help build muscle and increase muscle tone in your legs too. It can also be great to build stamina too.

Weight loss


Cycling can burn off a large number of calories and is a great form of exercise if you want to lose weight. Just be sure to look at your diet too and don't overcompensate for the exercise by eating too much if you are using cycling o lose weight. Of course, cycling can help you maintain a healthy weight too, allowing you to have the odd treat due to the number of calories you can burn.

Improved mental health



Cycling can improve your mental health tenfold. With exercise comes the increase of endorphins which can relieve stress and give you a general feeling of well being. It can also give you a boost of confidence in achieving your goal, whether that is just getting off your backside and getting regular exercise, or a distance or calorie burned goal.

Getting out into nature 



Cycling can help you enjoy nature. There are a number of cycle trails that are in the heart of nature. Cycling over the mountains and in the beautiful countryside can be really enjoyable and nothing beats the smell of fresh air whilst exercising.

You can do it as a family


Cycling is a great way to get exercise as a family and a great way to bond. Whether you have your own bikes, or if the kids are little, try a bike like the Jorvik Electric Child Carrier Tricycle, getting out together can be a fun way to exercise as a family.

You can make friends


Cycling is a sport with many community groups. If you find you really enjoy cycling, why not join a local group of cyclists and meet up to cycle together? A group of friends that share the same love can support you and help you reach your goals.

It's an eco-friendly and cost-effective form of transport


Cycling doesn't use any form of energy other than leg power and is a cost-effective form of transport. All you need is a bike which can be picked up for reasonable price second-hand and a helmet for road safety (always buy new) and away you go. If you have to commute to work a short distance, it can be a quick way of getting there. 

As you can see there are many benefits to cycling. Let me know if you like to ride your bike. 

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2 comments

  1. Cycling is definitely being touted as the mode of transport to use, if you can, here in London with C19 and public transport being so heavily used x

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  2. My family have been out on their bikes most days since lockdown began. Unfortunately I don't have one!

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