Regardless of the moment of time you choose to cycle, there is just something special about gearing up early and hitting the road before the sun comes up. For me, there are few activities that provide the level of physical fitness I get from cycling. Cycling provides me with a great cardiovascular workout, helps me get into shape, improves my mood, gives me extra strength and coordination, helps me think clearer, and gives me a general sense of wellbeing. There are lots of other benefits of cycling, and this article will go over a few of them.
The benefits of cycling for cognitive function prove true when I am riding my bike in the mornings. Cycling is a great way to start off the day and it helps me kick-start my brain as well. Cycling is a fantastic exercise for the mind, because it forces you to slow down and take some time out to focus on the road. This can be really helpful if you suffer from any kind of brain fog, where your concentration becomes poorer as you stare at the road ahead.
Besides being a great mental exercise, what other benefits of cycling do you enjoy? Apart from the obvious fact that you burn calories while you ride, what’s other interesting is that cycling helps you lose weight. As I mentioned in my previous article, the physical activity needed to commute to work is part of why I gain weight, but cycling is a great way of burning off the excess pounds. In addition to burning calories by pedaling, you are also strengthening your legs and keeping them healthy. Cycling is also a good exercise for improving endurance, so if you want to improve your physical performance, biking is a good option.
One of the last benefits of cycling I’ll mention relates to the effect it has on your health. When you ride a bike, you are exposed to direct sunlight for long stretches of time. If you don’t like the sunlight, that’s no problem, but if you like to have sun, this is a great way of getting it. Direct sunlight is great for the brain, because exposure to it sparks an increase in cerebral blood flow.
Finally, one of the greatest benefits of biking relates to the reduction of stress. As previously mentioned, most cyclists are exposed to direct sunlight. However, some cyclists who cycle in more remote areas or under more extreme conditions, may not be exposed to as much sunlight. For these cyclists, cycling is a great way to reduce stress, because the exercise required to cope with the weather can be made more intense.
Hopefully this short article has given you some good reasons as to why you should incorporate cycling into your daily routine. By starting your day with an effective and enjoyable workout, you will be able to burn more calories throughout the day, improving your overall fitness levels. Not only that, you will be happier too. Cycling is one of the best ways to lose weight and stay fit.