Health Benefits of Cycling

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Did you know that cleaning your house through Pressure Washing can improve your joint mobility and increase the strength and flexibility of your muscles? It may sound a bit odd, but using a pressure washer is like using a bicycle—it’s a great exercise.

But what is cycling anyway? It’s a low impact, muscle workout that results in less strain and injuries compared to other forms of cardio exercise. What’s great about cycling is that it doesn’t require you to have high levels of body skill. It’s also beneficial for one’s stamina and strength because it can be done at an extremely low-intensity level at first.

Cycling is also an excellent way to keep the environment greener because vehicles can contribute to air pollution by emitting hazardous gases. Plus, it allows the rider to have a personal connection to nature, allowing him or her to be more appreciative of it.

This physical activity can reduce stress levels, improve posture, keep the heart healthy, strengthen bones, prevent and manage illnesses, lower depression, and reduce the levels of body fat.

Aside from all these, cycling can also help the rider:

Live Longer

According to the study conducted by King’s College London, people who cycle three 45-minutes rides were nine years younger (biologically) than those who didn’t. Their exercise makes their bodies more efficient in protecting themselves and regenerating new cells.

Look younger

Stanford University’s scientists found that cycling frequently can protect the rider’s skin against the damaging effects of UV radiation and decrease the signs of aging.

Combat sicknesses

The researchers from the University of North Carolina carried out a study, and they found that those who cycle for five 30-minute rides per week take nearly half as many sick days as people who live a sedentary lifestyle.

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Improve the brain

According to the researchers of the University of Illinois, cycling can help the brain build new cells in the hippocampus, the center of memory and emotions, which begins to deteriorate when a person turns 30.

Sleep deeper and better

Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine recommended sedentary insomnia patients to cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day and the time needed for them to fall asleep was lowered by half. Their sleep time also increased by nearly an hour!

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This is because cycling exposes the riders to daylight, enabling them to get their circadian rhythm in sync. The activity also removes the stress hormone called cortisol from the body, which prevents deep sleep.

Prevent cancer

There’s a lot of evidence that cycling can lower the risk of women having breast cancer by 34%.

Happier

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Mild and moderate workouts can release feel-good endorphins throughout the body that can make the rider less stressed and happier, according to Mental Health Foundation’s chief executive, Andrew McCulloch.

 

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