July 17, 2016
Many Reasons to Love Cycling
Now that spring is in the air we all want to spend more time outdoors. Taking up cycling could be one of the best health decisions you can make.
Increase Exposure to Daylight – Exercising outside exposes you to more daylight as most of us have been hibernating in the winter. This helps get your circadian rhythm (your 24-hour body rhythm) back in sync, and also rids your body of cortisol, the stress hormone that can prevent deep, regenerative sleep.
Better Sleep – An early morning ride may tire you out in the short term, but it’ll help you catch some quality shut-eye when you go to bed. A study was conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine where researchers asked sedentary insomnia sufferers to exercise by cycling for 20-30 minutes every other day. The result? The time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was reduced by half, and sleep time increased by almost an hour.
Better Bowel Movements – According to experts from Bristol University, the beneﬁts of cycling extends deep into your core. “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 leaving you with softer stools, which are much more pleasant to pass then hard stools.”
Memory Power – Cycling boosts blood ﬂow and oxygen to the brain, which ﬁres and regenerates receptors, this type of exercise helps ward off Alzheimer’s.
Great Healthy Family Time – Cycling is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. The smallest child can clamber into a bike seat or tow-along buggy. There’s nothing to stop the family dog to run alongside with the family. Studies have found that, kids are inﬂuenced by their parents’ exercise choices. If your kids see you riding regularly, they will think it’s normal and will want to follow your example with their own kids one day.
Weight Loss – Sports physiologists have found that the body’s metabolic rate, the efﬁciency with which it burns calories and fat, is not only raised during a ride, but for several hours afterwards. Even after cycling for 30 minutes, you could be burning a higher amount of total calories for a few hours after you stop. As you get ﬁtter, the beneﬁts are more profound. One recent study showed that cyclists who incorporated fast intervals into their ride burned three-and-a-half times more body fat than those who cycled constantly at a slower pace.
This article is not to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to anyone. The article is the opinion of the writer and for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in the place of an advice from your physician or other healthcare provider.