All the readers who all are reading this blog right now either young, old, men or women know the value of good health. We all do a lot of things to maintain a good health. We eat good food, play outdoor games. I used to remember in my early days I was not good at any sports, now also I am not. But what I was good and loved doing is cycling. I used to do cycling for long hours not because I was concerned about nature or trying to save petroleum. It was because I love to explore new roads, Small gullies at the cost of my own power(paddling the cycle requires power).I do cycling regularly and what I have learned is that cycling is the best exercise to do .Here I would share with you 15 great benefits of cycling on health
1) CYCLING REDUCES SIGNS OF AGING
A study from Stanford University found that cycling regularly can reduces signs of aging by protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. The secret is that increased circulation allows your skin cells to gain nutrients and flush out toxins – just remember to lather on the sun tan lotion when you go out for a ride.
2) HELPS TO CONTROL DIABETES
People with type 2 diabetes usually experience swollen feet because of the poor circulation of blood in the lower part of body. Cycling is the best exercise they can do as it enhances the blood circulation in the lower part of body resulting in decrease of pain and swelling in feet.
Because of the fact that cycling uses up glucose in your muscle cells as well it can help people with diabetes to regulate blood sugar level in their body.
3) CYCLING improves joint mobility
As paddling the cycle requires force and causes little stress to the joints in the legs which is really helpful to reduce or prevent arthritis.
It improves strength and balance of the body and also helps to maintain a proper posture.
4) REGULATE your digestion
Cycling also works the muscles inside your body – the ones surrounding your digestive tract. Cyclists have more frequent bowel movements. That may not seem like a benefit, but it actually reduces feelings of being bloated, can result in softer stools that are easier to pass, and can reduce your risk of digestive tract cancers.
5) IMPROVES your cholesterol
Cycling helps to reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) from your body and boosts up HDL cholesterol(good cholesterol) in your body.
Studies suggest that two months of regular cycling at an intensity that raises your heart rate, but doesn’t leave you breathless, is enough to raise your HDL cholesterol by 5%.
6) CYCLING helps In weight loss.
The simple formula of losing weight is to burn more calories than you have consumed and cycling helps in losing weight. The amount of calories burnt depend on the how fast the rider is driving his cycle and the weight of the rider.
It’s a fact that if you enjoy riding cycle your calories burn more rapidly and you can lose weight more fastly
7) CYCLING helps in building leg muscles
The resistance in paddling the cycle does not only burns fat but also builds muscles particularly around the area- glutes, hamstring, quad, carves. You have to do cycling on a regular basis for 1-2 hours to build muscles.
Muscles are more lean than fat and studies suggest that people who have developed more muscles they can burn more calories even with doing Less exercise.
8) CYCLING boosts your brain power.
Cycling cans help you increase your brain power. According to study it was found that during cycling the blood flow increases in your brain. Blood flow in the brain rose by 28 per cent, and up to 70 per cent in specific areas. Not only that, but after exercise, in some areas blood flow remained up by 40 per cent even after exercise.
The increase in blood flow in brain is really beneficial to the brain as it can supply various goodies to the brain that can make you and your brain healthy and can boost your brain power.
Cycling can double or even triple the production of neurons. As a result, cycling helps stimulate regions of the brain such as the hippocampus, which plays a critical role in memory formation and spatial navigation.
9) CYCLING strengthen your immune system.
Dr. David Nieman and his colleagues at Appalachian State University studied 1000 adults up to the age of 85. They found that exercise had huge benefits on the health of the upper respiratory system – thus reducing instances of the common cold.
Cycling can strengthen your immune system to as cycling and mild exercising can help to generate essential protein and can wake up lazy white blood cells.
10) CUTS of heart diseases and risks to Cancer
Cycling raises your heart rate and gets the blood pumping round your body, cycling burns calories, limiting the chance of being overweight and thus cuts the risk of developing heart disease.
Studies showed that cycling can cut riders risk of developing heart disease and cancer to half.
11) CYCLING lifts up your mood and improves your mental health
Many other exercises along with cycling help in releasing adrenalin and endorphins in your body which lifts up your mood.
Cycling combines physical exercise with being outdoors and exploring new views. You can go for cycling solo which can help you to give time to think about yourself or with friends for recreation.
12) BETTER lung health
A recent study suggest that people who travel by cycles are exposed to fewer dangerous fumes than those who travel by car.
A study by the Healthy Air Campaign, Kings College London, and Camden Council saw air pollution detectors fitted to a driver, a bus user, a pedestrian and a cyclist using a busy route through central London.
The results showed that the driver experienced five times higher pollution levels than the cyclist, as well as three and a half more than the walker and two and a half times more than the bus user. Long story short: the cyclist won.
13) BETTER sleep
All of us know that for having a good healthy life better sleeping cycles are necessary. Cycling can help you to have better sleep cycles because it reduces the level of anxiety in the body whick could result in better sleep.
Exercise also protects against weight gain with age, which is another cause of sleep dysfunction.
14) IMPROVED sex life.
Surprised, yes it’s true cycling can improve your sex life. Most of us know that sex is a good thing but many of us don’t know that it is good for overall health.
Cycling developes some essential muscles groups which are used during intercourse. The better these developed muscles the longer and athletic intercourse will be.
Talking about some of the health benefits of cycling. Now I present to you, the number 10 great reasons why cycling is good for your health.
15) IMPROVE handling and self awareness
When you drive cycle all your senses work in coordination, they all get active and alert and you become more focused.
Cycling gives you a confidence boost, when you star learning how to use your body weight to take cycle where you want to go.
Now here I end my little topic on 15 great benefits of cycling. At last saying that cycling is the best exercise to do.
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