Why You Should Start Cycling?

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You may find yourself trying to decide which particular activity you would like to start that would be immensely beneficial to you. The answer is cycling. Yes, cycling. Cycling is an activity that could be done for pleasure or business, be it as a sport or out of the desire for body wellness or fitness. Here are reasons for you to start cycling today:

One: Look younger and live longer

Cycling has been shown by studies to protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun, and reduce the signs of ageing. It is believed that people who cycle regularly have body system functions of someone nine to ten years younger.

In addition, cycling reduces risk of having cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity. Regular cycling has the ability to reduce risk of heart disease by 50%. That’s a longer and healthier life for you.

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Two: You get deeper, better sleep

There is no overemphasizing the impact of a good sleep on the body. When you ride, you are guaranteed to have good sleep whenever you lay your head on the pillow. This is a fact backed up by valid research works.

Three: It leads to better bowel movement

Everyone loves a stress free time in the john. When you engage in cycling, the physical activity helps in reducing the time it takes for food to move through your large intestine. In so doing, the quantity of water that is absorbed back into the body is reduced, making it easier to pass stools. Interestingly too, your risk of bowel cancer is drastically reduced.

Four: It’s eco-friendly and you inhale less pollution

Bikes produce no pollution and leave no carbon footprint. In addition, research shows that cyclists inhale less poisonous fumes than other road users. The reason is because those who ride bicycles ride at the edge of the road. As a result, unlike drivers, they are not directly in the line of exhaust smoke of vehicles ahead.

Five: It’s cheaper than a car

You can save big money on transportation if you choose a bike over a car. First off, you don’t have to worry about the ever increasing petrol prices. Second, bikes are significantly cheaper than cars to begin with. Check out an online bike vendor like Backcountry and you’ll see that even the best bike in the world won’t set you back more than $10,000 to $12,000, while a completely average, new car will cost you at least $25,000.

Six: You arrive at your destination faster

Getting around town is generally quicker with bicycles than with cars. Why? Traffic. When you consider the volume of traffic on the road and the ease of movement on bicycles, you may find that it just makes more sense for you to ride to your destination.

Seven: It improves your sex life

Cycling has tremendous impact on your sex life. Research has shown that male athletes have the sexual abilities of men that are two to five years younger than they are. In addition, female cyclists have delayed menopause of around two to five years. If you are above 50 years old as a man, and you cycle at least thrice weekly, your chance of being impotent reduces by 30%.

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Eight: You experience an increase in brain power

If you improve your cardio-respiratory fitness by a mere 5% from cycling, studies have shown that you will perform up to 15% better in mental tests. How this happens is that blood flow and oxygen supply to your brain is boosted, allowing receptors to be fired and regenerated. It helps keep Alzheimer’s at bay too.

Regular cycling also helps you solve mental blocks and make better decisions, because blood flow to the grey matter in your brain increases, improving your creative thinking.

Nine: It beats illness and you fall sick less often

Cycling helps body fight off illnesses by making immune cells more active. Studies show that people who cycle for 30 minutes at least five days a week fall sick half as less times as people who do not.

Other benefits of regular cycling include reduced cost of transportation, loss of weight, and reduced body fat.


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