Looking for something new to bond with your co-workers and the people under you at work? Introduce them to cycling!
Cycling is the sport or activity of using a bicycle. It’s a muscle workout with a low impact which leads to less exhaustion and injuries compared to other cardiovascular exercises. This activity doesn’t demand you to have high levels of physical skills, which means anyone can start cycling anytime as long as they have legs and a bike. The sport also strengthens the stamina and is great for novices who wish to begin at a low-intensity level.
Cycling even makes the environment more sustainable for future generations as it is an excellent alternative for vehicles. As we all are well aware, vehicles emit hazardous gases that could contribute the air pollution. Cycling also allows bikers to appreciate nature more.
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Cycling also has other benefits such as:
As a mild and moderate workout, cycling can release endorphins (feel-good hormones) in the body which could make riders less stressed and more joyful.
According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina, people who ride their bikes for five 30-minute rides a week take almost half as many sick days compared to those who don’t cycle.
Those who bike for 45 minutes, thrice a week were biologically nine years younger, as per a study carried out by King’s College London. Cycling made their physiques more capable of regenerating new cells and protecting themselves.
Say goodbye to anti-aging creams and hello to cycling! Scientists at Stanford University discovered that regular cycling could protect the skin of the rider against UV radiation’s damaging effects, decreasing the signs of aging.
Better and Deeper Sleep
Stanford University has done it again! Researchers from their School of Medicine conducted an experiment which involved insomnia patients riding a bike for twenty to thirty minutes every other day. The result? The time required for them to fall asleep was reduced by half! They even slept for almost an hour more. That’s because cycling allows riders to be exposed to daylight, allowing them to make their circadian rhythm in sync. Cycling also helps decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels, enabling riders to experience a deeper sleep.
Researchers at the University of Illinois found that cycling can aid the brain in creating new cells in the hippocampus, which is the brain’s center for emotions and memory. Note that the hippocampus begins to deteriorate when a person turns 30 years old.
A lot of studies have proved that the activity can decrease the chances of women developing breast cancer by 34%.
What’s more, cycling can also improve one’s posture, strengthen the heart, keep the bones healthy, lower depression, and lower body fat levels. There’s obviously no reason not to cycle!