Have you been looking for a good enough reason to get on your bike? Well, there are many reasons you can start cycling. Cycling offers a wide range of benefits and usability in every day to day life. Below are 10 reasons that can motivate you to get on your bike today.
1. Improve your brain capacity
Various research studies have indicated that engaging in cardiovascular exercise regularly can significantly improve one’s brain functioning by improving memory and enhancing concentration among other brain functions. This is because cardiovascular exercises increase blood flow into the brain therefore ensuring that the brain has adequate supply of oxygen for its optimal functioning. You can incorporate cycling as your preferred form of cardiovascular exercise. Other studies have linked cycling with rebuilding the hippocampus brain cells which begin to deteriorate at the age of 30.
2. Save time
Do you feel that you waste too much time on traffic everyday on your commute to work? You can save time by cycling to work. Unlike driving to work, you will be able to easily maneuver traffic. Many people have reported that cycling to work takes them up to half the time taken when driving to work in the peak hours.
3. An easy exercise option
Biking will give you the much needed cardiovascular exercise while being easy on your knees and joints. Unlike jogging and running that can be quite hard on your knees, cycling will get your heart pumping and work your lower body without causing injury on the knees. If you are recovering from a knee or lower body injury and looking for an exercise option that will work well, consider cycling.
4. Take care of the environment
The talk on going green has become common across the globe yet it feels like only a few people have the ability to go green. Well, here is your opportunity. Cars and automobiles have been linked to up to 20% of carbon emission in the world that has significantly contributed to the depletion of the ozone layer. If more people would take up cycling, it would significantly reduce noise and air pollution as well as congestion and aggression associated with traffic congestion. Be proactive about environment preservation- cycle whenever possible instead of using your car.
5. Connect with nature
After a long day at work wouldn’t it be nice to ride through the woods on your way home. Better still, wouldn’t it be so inspiring and rejuvenating to start your day with smell of the autumn leaves and the smell of fresh air?
6. Connect with yourself
In the modern world with bills to pay and so many things to do, it is easy to lose touch with yourself. However, you can take up cycling as a deliberate measure to connect with yourself. As you ride through the the quieter routes, you will have a chance to hear yourself breath, notice your thoughts and think about life. You will feel free and connected with yourself. This will significantly boost your creativity, freedom and gratitude for life.
Have you been wanting to explore your city or a destination of your choice? What better way to do it than on your bike? You can join a cycling group if you prefer to explore the unknown in the company of others. Otherwise, just pick a route or a street and follow it. Remember to bring your GPS or a map along.
8. Lose weight and tone
If you are looking to lose weight and tone, cycling can be your exercise of choice. You can create a weekly cycling plan to help you achieve your fitness goals. If looking to lose weight, incorporate both high impact and low impact cycling techniques on your weekly plan to help you blast the excess fat.
9. Save money.
Cycling is a cheap form of exercise. Apart from the initial cost incurred to buy the bike, cycling gear and the occasionalmaintenance cost, there are no more cost associated with cycling. You will not need to pay gym membership fees every both. All you need is to hop on your bike and explore the routes near and far from you.
Also, communing to work on your bike instead of driving will save you the cost incurred daily on fuel. Maybe, you can take up cycling as a way to save up for your dream cycling holiday.
10. Meet and connect with people
There is a big community of cyclists across the world. If you have moved to a new location or relocated back home after a long time and are looking to meet and connect with people, joining a cycling community in your neighborhood could be a great option. Even though you do not cycle in a group, you tend to notice people you encounter on your everyday ride. With time, these people may develop to be acquaintances and later friends.
Cycling offers numerous benefits. Whether you are doing it for fun, to getfrom one place to another, as a means of attaining your fitness goals or for socialization purposes, you will benefit in more ways than one from cycling.