Winter is a period when most of us tend to forsake our bicycle companions and opt for the comfort and warmth of either private cars or public transport. If you’re planning to abandon you bike during this season remember that there are a number of benefits associated with riding throughout winter. Cycling during winter (specially at a high tempo) helps you develop your endurance to the next level. This is because, winter increases the number and size of your energy producing mithocondria.
Whilst your friends sit comfortably hybernating at home, you can take advantage of the high caloric burn rate that cycling during winter has to offer. As you may already know, you metabolism speeds up as temperatures fall. This is the way your body tries to keep you warm, and in the process of doing so it also burns up more calories. This is also the perfect way to counter the effects of weight gaining during the holiday season.
Winter is also a great time to venture into the woods and appreciate nature in the company of your bicycle. Being out there cycling through the frozen landscape will also help you appreciate the beauty of this magnificent season. You will get more adventurous, develop resillience, and maintain your summer fitness form.
Improve your mood
Winter is known to worsen or cause depression. With daylight becoming shorter and darker days, most of us can be easily tempted to stay indoors. This can contribute towards development of low moods, or as what many would typically refer to as ‘winter blues’. Being in constant physical activity will make the difference as this will act as a natural anti depressant.
Make sure you have the right clothing and your bike is properly prepared with the right tires for winter as roads become frosty and very slippery. Another thing to take into consideration is that extreme low temperatures can also have detrimental effect on lung capacity, so try to avoid venturing out there with a bike during days with 2-digit below 0 Celsius.
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Mauro Ramos de Jesus Pereira
Namibian born philosopher, psychologist, entrepreneur, athlete and passionate about bicycles and cycling lifestyle.