Health benefits of cycling
Cycling is a healthy exercise which can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It gives your heart, blood vessels and lungs a good workout. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Studies say that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while flushing harmful toxins out.
Exercise also creates an ideal environment within the body to optimise collagen production, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles and speed up the healing process. Cycling helps in weight loss when done regularly. Cycling increases calorie consumption and raises the metabolic rate, which can help to lose weight. Bicycling is a great way to increase your longevity, cycling regularly has been associated with increased life-years. Cycling leads to improved muscle strength and improved mobility and coordination. Cycling helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus – the region responsible for memory, which deteriorates from the age of 30. It boosts blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which ﬁres and regenerates receptors.
Meanwhile, researches show 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 exercise. Studies have shown that cycling is speciﬁcally good for keeping your cells in working order. Men who exercised at a moderate level for at least 30 minutes a day were half as likely to develop cancer as those who didn’t. Regular exercise has been to shown to lead to a reduction in the rate of diabetes mellitus. In patients with diabetes mellitus, regular exercise leads to an improvement in control of blood sugar and can help to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Cycling is great for toning and building your muscles, especially in the lower half of the body – your calves, your thighs. It’s also a great for low-impact mode of exercise for those with joint conditions or injuries to the legs or hips.