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6 Reasons You Should Be Thankful to Cycling
Cycling is one of the most recommended sports for years by doctors, who advise their patients a fun activity, safe and very beneficial for health. For many of us, it is already a common practice or it was when we were kids.
It may be obvious to you the benefits of cycling even because you have always been told that practicing sports is healthy and good.
In addition to why you really like pedaling, have you stopped to think that maybe you should thanks your bicycle for many more things than you think? Here we show you the 6 most important ones.
1. For caring for your body
Using bike means saving yourself from a long list of ailments and spending on medications. As a prevention tool it is very valuable, because it protects against the risk of suffering from different types of cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Cycling is recommended for people of all ages and especially for those with ailments in the back and joints, since it does not amplify suffering impacts, as it happens in other sports.
The major benefits of cycling are boosting your immune system and helping your body to lose fat, but the list of cycling benefits for your body is almost endless: it improves blood flow, reduces cholesterol levels, increases heart strength and lung capacity, strengthens muscles and maintains the density of bones.
2. For caring your mind
Cycling helps you in taking away stress, because when you use it, your brain receives a powerful injection of endorphins and serotonin. Your mood improves, your self-esteem rises and you shield yourself from anxiety and depression.
3. For helping you think more and better
Did you know that cycling improves your brain’s performance?
A study by University Medical Center Utrecht, in the Netherlands concluded that cycling helps you think clearly. It ensures that the density of the white matter of the brain grows, responsible for the connections made by your brain to perform its usual functions.
It is not the only study that establishes a direct relationship between the use of the bicycle and the increase in brain capacity, although it is the one that has offered the most evidence of this until now.
4. For helping you sleep better
Insomnia is almost a plague in the current western society. What if we told you that the bicycle helps you sleep more and more deeply?
Cycing has been proven as a perfect antidote to stress and anxiety and helps balance mental fatigue with physical fatigue. Of course, remember to keep 3 hours of distance between the cycling activity and the time to get into bed so that your body relaxes and body temperature drops.
5. To improve your social life
Being part of a club, or a group of regulars cyclists allows you to be in contact with people who share the same hobby as yours.
Associating with a group of people to a pleasant activity, far from a work environment in which professional relationships prevail, increases the quality of life because it helps to strengthen ties.
Having a regular group of fellow cyclists is also the best way to exchange opinions on routes, training or cycling accessories.
6. For helping you discover unique places
Not all sports can say that they are performed outdoors and in natural environments such as cycling.
If you have been pedaling for years, your two-wheeled friend will have taken you more than once to charming places that, afterwards, you have used as a meetup place for family and friends. The road bike and the mountain bike also allows you to be more intrepid and curious and even access little known places.