Spring is upon us and so is the excuse that the cold weather is why the bicycle that’s been collecting dust (or rust) in your garage has not been in use. Besides, this is one of the prettiest times of year, so why not get out and enjoy the fresh air and blooming flowers while getting some good cardio exercise in at the same time? There are actually a lot of health benefits that come with riding a bike. Here are just five of them.
Riding a bike great for the heart and lungs
As previously mentioned, one of the greatest benefits with cycling is that it’s a good way to get the cardiovascular exercise that you need. Not only is it effective in getting your heart pumping and blood flowing, but a direct result that comes with that is a regulation in one’s blood pressure; this cuts down the risk of having a stroke, a heart attack or even developing heart disease. In one study, it was discovered that it could decrease these risks by as much as 22.5%.
Riding a bike aids in weight loss
Taking a leisurely ride around the park is nice. But if you really want to get that waistline back into shape, by picking up speed and riding up a few hills for about 15 minutes a few times per week, you can burn as much as 11 pounds of fat in one year. It’s also a great way to maintain your goal weight because it keeps your metabolism up even after you’ve finished riding.
Riding a bike is good for strength training
While trying to reach (or keep) your goal weight, any trainer will tell you that it’s a good idea to incorporate exercises that will strengthen the muscles and tone the body too. When it comes to cycling, that’s a win/win because it is able to accomplish both. If you want to have defined legs, strong calves and firm buttocks, cycling can give you all of these things. Plus, it’s a low impact exercise, which makes it easy on your joints.
Riding a bike builds up your stamina
If you don’t currently own a bike and you live in New York, maybe this point alone will motivate you to check out a bike sale in New York City. Alternatively, you can check out an online bicycle store that has a great inventory of some of the best cheap bikes. Bicycling is one of the easiest ways to build up your stamina because while it’s using virtually every part of your body. Whether you’re riding outside or using an indoor cycle machine, you’re usually so focused on what’s going on around you (the scenery, the television) that you often don’t notice just how hard you’re actually working. So, if the last time you went riding it was for 20 minutes, the next time that you get on the bike, you will probably be able to go even longer without even noticing. This is the indication of an increase in stamina and that not only builds up your endurance, but it helps, significantly, in fighting fatigue as well.
Riding a bike makes you feel better
The truth is that any kind of exercise, especially when it relates to high intensity cardio, because it boosts your endorphins, naturally makes you feel better. Because endorphins provide a natural opiate effect, it increases one’s pain threshold, which indirectly means that exercise is effective in fighting depression and stress and even is helpful in relieving the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. And anything that can make you feel better about yourself is something definitely worth giving a try! By the way if you the thought of riding a bike outdoors feels daunting to you, search around the internet for some of the best spin bikes on the market. Spinning burns as much calories as riding a bike outdoors, and with spinning, you get to share the fun with all your other spinning mates!