As anyone with a bike will know in their bones, cycling is good for you. But what exactly – apart from a great time – happens when you head out to exercise on your bike? We set out to answer that question for you. Here are 8 things regular cycling does for your body*:
*Warning: you might get addicted to all these positive effects.
Burns fat while you ride.
Cycling at moderate speed is the key here – no need to exert yourself if your goal is to burn body fat. Interval training is great for increasing your metabolism levels, so try pedaling as fast as you can.
Burns fat while you rest.
This is one of the best perks of getting in shape. You’ll increase the fat-burning enzymes which get to work long after you’ve showered off and your heart rate is back down.
Keeps lungs and heart healthy.
No wonder those who exercise live 3 – 5 years longer than those who don’t. And enjoy the positive effects on their hearts and lungs while they’re at it.
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Lowers stress levels.
And reduces fatigue, anxiety and depression. Just a little bit of regular cycling improves reaction time, memory and creativity, making you excel at work and play.
Makes you sexier.
Whatever your body type, exercise increases your confidence, your testosterone levels and your sex drive. That alone makes you more attractive.
Cycling is a low-impact activity and has been proven to reduce and prevent joint pain and arthritis.
Improves your sleep.
Regular exercise and sunlight are both known to cure insomnia. Be sure to choose some great routes in exciting destinations so you have something sweet to dream about, too.
Elevates your mood.
The runner’s high is real, but the cyclist’s high is all of the endorphins you get from good exercise PLUS the thrill of speed and the joy of wind in your face. And bragging rights – so don’t forget to create or upload your routes with Bikemap.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your bike and go for a ride!
There simply is no better way to give your body and mind an energy boost.
Would love to reap the benefits but have a flat tire? Our bike maintenance tips will get you back on the road in no time.
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