Cycling regularly is a great way to improve your fitness, reduce stress and lose weight. As the third most popular recreational activity in Britain, about 3.1 million people ride a bike every month. Cycling has a broad appeal, with people of any age being able to enjoy it. Cycling is also one of the easiest ways to incorporate fitness into your daily routine, by commuting to or from work, and saving you money. Cycling brings a wealth of health benefits that you’ll be able to see in just a few weeks.
Build muscle strength and tone-up
Cycling builds strength in a holistic way, with your entire body benefitting from a gradual improvement of general muscle function, without major risk of general exercise or strain. By cycling regularly, you strengthen leg muscles, which is great for the mobility of the hip and knee joints. Over time muscle tone in the legs, thighs and hips will all improve.
Build up your stamina
Cycling is an extremely efficient way to build up stamina, and because the majority of people enjoy cycling, they may not even notice that they spend more time cycling increasingly longer routes.
Improve your cardio-vascular fitness
When you cycle, your heart increases the rate at which it pumps blood around the body, helping to improve cardio-vascular fitness. By cycling to and from work, studies have shown that cardio-vascular fitness improves by 3-7%. As your legs contain the largest muscle groups in the body, when you cycle, your heart rate rises, benefitting your stamina and fitness.
Burn extra calories
Steady cycling burns around 300 calories an hour, making it a great option to lose any unwanted weight. By cycling for just half an hour every day, you can burn 11 pounds of fat per year. This combined with the fact that cycling builds muscle; will raise your metabolic rate for longer than your ride.
Make your heart healthy
Studies by the British Medical Association suggest that by cycling for 20 miles every week reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. Of 10,000 civil servants studied, those who cycled 20 miles over the period of a week were half as likely to suffer from heart disease as their non-cycling colleagues.
Improve your co-ordination
Because cycling is a whole body activity, arm-to-leg, body-to-eye and feet-to-hand co-ordination are all improved.
Reduce your stress
Cycling outdoors is a great way to immerse yourself in nature, improving your well-being and self esteem, as well as reducing depression and reducing stress. This means you’ll likely be happier and more relaxed at work and home, possibly improving your sleep, too.