No matter how many times you’ve heard that Latin saying of mens Sana in corporate Sano, you never cease to be amazed at how good you feel after playing sports.
Fellowship, self-improvement, euphoria… There are so many positive feelings when you ride a bike that it is not easy to describe it in words to someone who has not experienced it in the first person.
Cycling is one of the most recommended sports for years by doctors, who advise their patients a fun, safe and very beneficial activity for health.
Besides the fact that you like to pedal a lot, have you ever stopped to think that maybe you should thank your bike for a lot more than you think you should? Here we show you the 6 most important ones.
1. For taking care of your body
Using your bike is saving you a long list of ailments and spending on medication. As a prevention tool, it is very valuable because it protects against the risk of developing different types of cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Cycling is indicated for people of all ages and especially for those with back and joint problems, as it does not involve suffering impacts, as it happens in other sports where there are jumps.
When you pedal you are boosting your immune system and helping your body lose fat, but the list of benefits of cycling for your body is almost endless: it improves blood flow, reduces cholesterol levels, increases heart strength and lung capacity, strengthens muscles and maintains bone density.
2. For taking care of your mind
There are few everyday worries that can stand up to cycling training or a day of racing on two wheels.
While you pedal, little by little your problems lose importance and become secondary. You’ve probably experienced more than once the feeling that when you get off your bike and take a shower, you see things differently and even come up with solutions you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
That’s because your bike keeps you away from stress because when you use it your brain receives a powerful injection of endorphins and serotonin. Your mood improves, your self-esteem goes up and you are shielded from anxiety and depression.
3. For helping you think more and better
Did you know that cycling improves the performance of your brain? A study by the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands in 2015 came to this conclusion. It ensures that it increases the density of the brain’s white matter, which is responsible for the connections your brain makes to perform its normal functions.
It is not the only study that establishes a direct relationship between cycling and increased brain capacity, but it is the one that has provided the most evidence of this so far.
4. For helping you sleep better
Insomnia is almost a plague in today’s Western society. In Spain, it is estimated that 20% of the population suffers from it, and what if we told you that cycling helps you sleep more and more deeply?
Pedaling is a perfect antidote to stress and anxiety and helps to balance mental and physical fatigue. But remember to leave 3 hours between cycling activity and getting into bed to relax your body and lower your body temperature.
5. For improving your social life
Being part of a club, a club or a group of bicycle enthusiasts allows you to be in contact with people who share your same hobby.
Associating a group of people with a pleasant activity, far from a work environment in which professional relationships prevail, increases the quality of life because it helps to strengthen bonds.
Having a home group of fellow cyclists is also the best way to exchange opinions on cycling routes, training or accessories.
6. For helping you discover unique places
Not all sports can be said to be played outdoors and in natural environments such as those that can be seen from the saddle of a bicycle.
If you’ve been pedaling for years, your two-wheeled friend has probably taken you more than once to charming places and then invited you to meet family and friends. Both road and mountain biking allow you to be more intrepid and curious and even access to unfamiliar places.