The Chicago Journal

Four Benefits to Cycling


Over time, the road has seen more people trade their cars for bicycles, and while the environment can appreciate the switch, the body has also gained a couple of benefits. Cycling has become a bigger trend in recent years, and it comes as no surprise as exercise provides a lot of healthy benefits. 

While the physical aspect has been the main takeaway for interested bikers, cycling also presents mental health benefits. It can broaden one’s social circle, meeting new people on the road and at stops.

Cycling is beginner-friendly

With most exercises, it takes some time before you get the gist, but with cycling, it’s straightforward. Beginners can start riding at a low intensity and switch to high intensity when they want to feel the air. 

Cycling helps shed weight

While running has been most typically connected to losing weight, cycling can do the same. Riding at a high intensity has been one of the (not so) secret ways to get rid of the weight taking a toll on your confidence. In addition, it can help lower body fat, especially when switching the intensity of the sprint.

Cycling increases brain power

Sitting around the house can open the door to many negative feelings, and exercises are among the remedies to counter them. However, nothing beats the feeling of stepping out into the fresh air. Once on the road, your focus turns to the road and surroundings, leaving little to no room for the depression and anxiety to catch up.

Cycling prevents health concerns

Regular exercise prevents health concerns, and cycling is no exception. Research has suggested that regular cycling can manage and even prevent type 2 diabetes. It also lowers the mortality rates for people who have it by 24%. If cycling becomes a habit for at least five years, the mortality rate can decrease by 35%.

Cycling improves balance

When cycling, you have no choice but to keep the bike upright, leading to balance improvement. As we grow older and become more inactive, we lose some of our balance. Cycling can prevent that problem and often improve it as a result.

While the prospect of cycling is exhilarating, it’s important to remember to stay aware of your surroundings and wear the proper gear. In addition, you have to follow the traffic laws and stay cautious in intersections and busy areas. Commuters will also need to bring a change of clothes, especially if the office is some distance away.

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