In this part of the world, most people usually prefer to own a car to owning a bicycle. This is due to the mentality that bicycles are meant for children and doesn’t appear prestigious.
The fact is that cycling improves your health way better than driving a car would, especially automatic cars. There are lots of reasons why you should consider cycling. Whether it’s to boost your fitness, health or just for fun, it could be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Here are major benefits and reasons why you should own a two-wheel drive and ride it at least twice a week.
1. Form of Exercise
Bicycle riding is one way to burn fat very fast. It may seem like just cycling but while you pedal, you are putting your body to work, and the sweat that drips off is good for you.
2. Means of Transportation.
No doubt cycling will take you to your destination faster than trekking would. People who own cars can choose to ride a bicycle once in a while to places of shorter distance. Especially in traffic infested areas and during seasons of fuel scarcity, a bicycle will take you there in half the time a car would and also save you a reasonable cost of fuel while helping you lose weight at the same time.
3. Improves Sleep
An early morning ride might knock you out in the short-term, but it will help you catch some quality deep sleep. According to a researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine, sedentary insomnia patients were asked to cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day.
This resulted in a one hour increase of sleep time, and the time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was reduced by half. This is because exercising outside exposes you to daylight, which helps get your circadian rhythm to go back in sync, and also rids of cortisol, the stress hormone that can prevent deep, regenerative sleep.
4. Look Younger
Cycling regularly protects your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation thereby reducing the signs of aging. Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while washing off harmful toxins out.
Exercise also creates an ideal environment within the body to efficiently produce collagen and this helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and speed up the healing process. A study at King’s College London compared over 2,400 identical twins and found those who cycled 45-minutes every week were nine years biologically younger than their siblings.
5. Aids Digestion
Cycling is a good exercise that can boost your bowels. Physical activity helps decrease the time it takes food to move through the large intestine, limiting the amount of water absorbed back into your body and making your stools softer and easier to pass. Also, aerobic exercise accelerates your breathing and heart rate, which helps to stimulate the contraction of intestinal muscles, as well as prevents you from feeling bloated.
6. Increases Brain Power
Pedaling can lead to a 15% improvement in mental tests. This is because cycling helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus, which is the region responsible for memory, which deteriorates from the age of 30. It also boosts blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which fires and regenerates receptors.
7. Reduces Illness
An apple a day may save you from visiting the doctor but riding a bicycle is the physical way to keep the doctor at bay. Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they are ready to fight off infection.
8. Increase Body Physique
Women who exercise using bicycles, whether real or static, appear curvier than women who do not. Cycling works on the entire body especially the thighs and hips. It firms the butt and strengthens the hip bones while shedding off excess fat from the thighs and toning the hips to make it more visible.
9. Save Space, Saves the Planet
Twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space as one car. It takes around 5% of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike, and a bike produces zero pollution. Bikes are efficient too; you travel around three times as fast as walking for the same amount of energy. Besides it’s safer as accident rates are low and usually not fatal if the cycler is well guarded. Besides, you’re about six times heavier than your bike, but a car is 20 times heavier than you, so if any falls on you, you are sure which will kill you faster.
10. Improve Sex Life
According to health experts in the US, being more physically active improves your vascular health, which has a knock-on effect of boosting your sex drive. A research done at Harvard University found out that men aged over 50 who cycle for at least three hours a week have a 30 percent lower risk of impotence than those who do little exercises.
Male athletes have the sexual prowess of men two to five years younger, while physically fit females have delayed menopause by a similar amount of time due to their active body that slows down the menopause.