Health Benefits of Bicycle Riding: What Studies Say

March 29 2017

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Bicycles are hands-down one of man’s greatest inventions. While street bicycles provide an ethereal experience and endless joy, they simultaneously provide substantial health benefits too. Studies have shown that bike riding can be a contributor for better population health as there are correlations between cycling and improvement of cardiovascular risk factors. Other benefits include increased stamina, increased aerobic and cardiovascular fitness, increased joint mobility, decreased body fat, increased posture and coordination, and prevention of disease, so keep riding.

If you are having trouble committing to a health and fitness regimen, cycling is the golden ticket to a healthy lifestyle. While many fitness activities are intimidating because of the apparatuses used or strenuous movement, cycling is a low-impact sport, meaning there is less of a strain and less possibility of injuries than many other sports. However, if you wish to have a more physically demanding experience, you can simply build up the intensity with multi speed cruiser bikes, mountain bikes, or road bikes by speeding up, riding uphill, or trailing various terrains. A perk to intensifying your ride is that you use all your major muscles so you strengthen your muscles while getting a full body workout. Along with putting little stress on joints, cycling is also ideal for those with bone injuries. For the most optimal results and improving health issues, studies recommend people ride each day for at least 30 minutes.

Health issues that are improved with daily riding include:

 Cancer

Studies have shown an inverse relationship between cycling and cancer mortality and morbidity. Riding a bike has been linked to decreasing the chances of colon cancer and breast cancer, or reducing the cancers impact.

Obesity

One in five children is obese in the United States, a major increase since the 1970s. Obesity can put children at risk for asthma, type 2 diabetes, and chronic health issues, as well as increase their chance of being obese in adulthood. Currently, more than 68 percent of adults are obese or overweight in the United States. Cycling raises your metabolic rate, builds muscle, and burns body fat, so make it a family tradition to ride a beach cruiser with your kids or young relatives.

Diabetes

Cruiser style bicycles, known for leisure and comfort, yet still physically demanding, can lower the risk of developing diabetes. A study showed that cycling 30 minutes a day decreased the risk of developing diabetes by 40 percent. Those who want to drift along nice scenery but get their bodies moving will enjoy a cruiser.

Mental Health

The physical aspect of cycling is only partial of all benefits. Riding street bicycles regularly improves mental health as well by reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. Plus, being out in nature, enjoying the moment, releasing endorphins is an instant revitalization.

Move freely and to the fullest, while treating your body well, by cycling more often. Not only will you reap physical and mental benefits, but you will also be able to commute on your bicycle, making yourself more efficient and aware of your surroundings.

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