If you haven’t ridden a bike since you were a kid, you’re missing out on more than that nostalgic feeling of wind whipping through your hair on a care-free Tuesday after-school ride. There are many health benefits to cycling that you can take advantage of at any age.
Can bike riding lead to healthy habits? Yes, it can! Once you make bike riding part of your daily routine, or include it in your regular workouts, it can be hard to break the habit—and this is one habit you’ll want to keep.
Here are some reasons why bike riding is a good way to get and stay in shape.
Promotes weight loss
One of the most basic rules of weight loss is that the number of calories you take in must be lower than the number you burn off. Cycling is a great way to burn calories in a relatively short amount of time. Depending on the intensity level of your ride, cycling can burn off a whopping 400 to 1,000 calories per hour. Combined with a healthy diet and good sleep, bike riding can lead to healthy habits and be a fun and healthy way to lose weight—and keep it off.
Have you ever seen the legs of a professional cyclist? Their muscular thighs and calves are truly impressive. If you want to tone your legs and your glutes, cycling is a great way to make a big impact. Cycling is also great for building core strength—and having strong core muscles can make everything else you do feel that much easier.
Improves mental well-being
Working out is known to be a way to release endorphins and make us feel good mentally. There are also studies that show how being outdoors in nature can improve our mood. Cycling combines the best of both of these when you’re able to go for a ride outdoors in nature. It can also give you time to be alone with your thoughts and process worries or concerns that may be weighing on your mind.
Apologies to all the runners out there, but bike riding is a better way to get fit than running. Why? Because bike riding is a low-impact exercise that burns a lot of calories. Running is a weight-bearing exercise, and each step puts a lot of pressure on the knees and other parts of the body. Cycling does not require those impacts and, therefore, puts less stress on your body.
Improves sex life
If you’re still not convinced to jump on a bike and start pedaling, consider this: Cycling can improve your sex life. The muscles you work while cycling are largely the same muscles used in sex, especially the core muscles. Add to this the weight loss and muscle gain that can come from cycling, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
Whether you’re in top shape or you are looking to better your body, the health benefits of cycling are undeniably desirable. Contact Big Momma’s Bicycles today for all your cycling needs.
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