10 benefits of cycling

Published At: 23 January 2020 , 11:39 AM

The list of benefits of cycling is almost as endless as the length of all the roads and paths that you can ride on it. 

1. Riding a bicycle has a positive effect on the psyche.

Researchers estimate that people who lead an active lifestyle rate their well-being at 32% higher than sedentary individuals. Exercise improves mood in different ways: adrenaline released, endorphins produced, and self-esteem increases due to the achievement of goals. Riding a bicycle allows you to exercise in the fresh air, explore new places, look at the surroundings differently. You can ride alone, it gives time to deal with your anxieties and worries, or together with other cyclists, it allows chatting. 

2. Cycling promotes weight loss.

Everyone knows a simple formula for losing weight: burn more calories than you consume. Depending on the intensity of riding and the weight of the cyclist, when riding a bicycle, 400 to 1000 calories per hour are spent. Enjoying cycling, you can lose weight at the same time. If you eat right, then you will lose weight. 

3. Cycling develops muscle.

When you pedal, not only fat is burned, but also muscles are strengthened, especially the buttocks, quadriceps, thigh and lower leg muscles. The body spends more energy on maintaining muscle than maintaining fat, so people with a higher percentage of muscle spend more calories even when they are not moving. For clarity, you can't pump up the same quadriceps as professional cyclists with one bike ride (for this you will have to spend a lot of time at the squat rack).

4. You can arrange a second breakfast.

If you ride a bicycle to work, you can, with a clear conscience, add a couple of snacks a day. Since 200 to 500 kcal burns out in half an hour, you get the right to an unscheduled lunch, unless, of course, you are on a strict diet. 

5. The lungs will become healthier.

This statement seems strange, but recent studies have shown that cyclists inhale less burning and harmful substances than those who drive. Researchers at King's College London, Camden Council, and Healthy Air Campaign have attached air pollution detectors to motorists, bus passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists on busy streets in central London. As a result, the detectors showed that motorists have a level of pollution 5 times higher than that of cyclists, 3.5 times higher than that of pedestrians, and 2.5 times higher than that of bus passengers. In short: the cyclist won. 

6. The risk of heart disease and cancer is reduced.

Riding a bicycle increases the heart rate, makes the blood circulate faster throughout the body, burns calories, reduces the chance of a cyclist to gain extra weight. The UK National Health Service recommends cycling to reduce the risk of serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Over five years, the University of Glasgow studied 260,000 people and concluded that daily cycling reduces the risk of these diseases by half. 

7. Bicycle almost does no harm.

Many of the benefits of cycling are that it is a physical exercise. So maybe it's easier to go for a run? However, unlike a cyclist, a runner "drags" his weight on himself, therefore, his injury rate is higher. When comparing long-distance runners with cyclists, it was found that runners were 2.3–2.4 times more likely to damage muscles, 3.5 times more to suffer from inflammation, and their delayed muscle pain syndrome was 87% higher. The negative side of the "lack" of weight: cycling does not increase bone density as much as other sports, so it would be helpful for cyclists to add a little strength training to their program. 

8. Bicycle saves time.

Compare the processes: Get in the car, then drive, then hang around in traffic jams, look for a parking place, park, get from the parking lot to the right place. Come to the bus stop, wait for the bus, get on it, go on a winding route, get half a kilometer from your goal. Sit on a bicycle, ride, despite traffic jams, fasten the bicycle with a lock. Cycling saves money for gas or for tickets on public transport while saving time. 

9. Riding a bicycle develops navigational skills.

In the world of car navigation systems and Google maps, there is no incentive to hone an innate sense of direction. If you didn't put your on-board computer with GPS on your bike, then by independently studying and making routes, you will develop the skills of a real cartographer and do not get lost in three pine trees. 

10. The bicycle has a positive effect on sex life.

Most of us have no doubt that sex is great, but not everyone knows how healthy it is in general. In fact, regular sex can actually prolong life. So can cycling improve your sex life? Dr Matthew Forsyth, a urologist and enthusiastic cyclist from Portland, Oregon, commented: "All the muscles [that work when riding a bicycle] used during intercourse. The better these muscles developed, the longer and more active.