5 Benefits to Cycling
We are officially into the second month of 2017 and if you’re one of the many hopefuls still clinging to your New Year's resolutions about getting fit, why not consider adding cycling into your current routine? You could even join a city bike tour and make an event out of it! There are plenty of benefits to cycling and we’ve compiled a quick list to give you some motivation and help you stay on track.
It burns major calories
Cycling is a great way to kickstart a weight loss journey as it utilizes every main muscle group. A leisurely 60 minute bike ride can burn up to 500 calories for an average person, as long as you’re pedalling. If you find yourself coasting downhill and letting to your bike do most of the work try changing up your path to something a little more challenging. The more straight paths or hills the better as the constant pedalling will keep your heart rate up and burn more calories.
It is low impact
While being a major way to get your cardio in, cycling is also a very low impact sport compared to running. This is perfect for anyone with knee or joint issues that keeps them from participating in other high impact sports.
It is good for the environment
Choosing your bike over you car is a small way you can make a big impact on the environment. Unlike most cars, cycling emits zero gasses and contaminants into the air and also creates virtually no noise pollution creating a more peaceful and clean environment for those around you.
It saves you money
Not only does biking to work, school, or on your daily activities create zero gas emissions into the environment, it also saves you money by not having to refill the tank quite as often.
It’s good for your physical well-being
Cycling may be one of the best cardio exercises you can do. Doing so regularly has been proven to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as increased cardiovascular strength. Many studies have also proven that biking can increase mental alertness, decrease stress and improve your posture and coordination. And when you do it with friends, like on a city bike tour, it can help you fight depression, sleep better and reduce the risk of stroke.