Exercising has tremendous amounts of physical benefits, such as improving sleep, reducing the risk of heart disease, and lowering blood pressure. Not only does exercise help get you physically fitter but it can also help improve your mental health.
Read our reasons why cycling could be just the right exercise to improve on your mental & physical well-being.
“Cycling is an escape from our busy lives and a moment to take a breath.” James, Director.
1. Aerobic Exercise Reduces Stress
It’s been proven that aerobic exercise, like running and cycling, reduces feelings of anxiety and other symptoms of depression. Aerobic activity improves and stabilizes your mood, leading to a better night’s sleep which can also directly impact on your levels of stress.
2. Cycling is Low Impact
Cycling is low impact and less weight-bearing compared to other aerobic exercises like running, so you are less likely to suffer injuries. If you suffer from joint pain, for example, cycling would be a good choice of aerobic exercise to take part in. Lower impact exercise also makes cycling more appealing and accessible to more people.
3. It’s Environmentally Friendly
Commuting can be frustrating, especially during rush hour when the roads are busy. Busy traffic, parking difficulties, and money spent on petrol are all negatives which can be removed from your daily travel and replaced with cycling. Depending on the traffic and location, cycling can often be quicker than driving and much quicker if you tend to walk.
Cycling can not only be a faster method of transport, but it’s also an environmentally friendly one. Bicycles are nearly carbon-neutral, whereas cars produce tons of CO2 emissions each year.
4. Cycling Allows You to Explore
From the park down the road to long winding roads and climbing mountains, cycling encourages you to explore different areas across the world or right on your doorstep.
5. Improves Strength and Muscle Tone
Cycling can be a tough workout on the legs if you put the work in and train hard. So the more cycling you do, and the higher the intensity of your workouts, the stronger your legs will become. Alongside building muscular structure, cycling supports and improves your cardiovascular endurance and stamina leading to improved physical fitness.