- Using you bicycle for transportation boosts your health and fitness.
For those of you who don’t have the time to hit the gym on a regular basis, cycling can do just the trick. As a matter of fact, cycling can increase cardiovascular fitness, and increase muscle strength and flexibility. It can also reduce signs of aging. Scientists at Stanford University found that the increased blood circulation that comes as a result of cycling delivers nutrients and oxygen to skin cells in a more efficient way.
- Reduce the Risk of Depression
Also among health-related benefits of cycling comes reduction of risk of depression. People who suffer from depression should cycle on a regular basis because the practice regular exercise stimulates the production of brain chemicals such as serotonin, endorphins, and most importantly, dopamine. Dopamine is the brain chemical associated with feelings of pleasure and happiness. When there is a dopamine deficiency in the brain it can lead to depression. This is where cycling as a form of exercise can be effective in both prevention and reducing levels of depression.
- Recharge Your Brain
As a matter of fact, there are a wide range of benefits associated with cycling. Taking your bike for a short spin everyday can improve your cognitive ability. A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research revealed that after 30 minutes of spinning on a stationary bicycle improved individuals’ memory test scores compared to before their spinning session. So always remember, exercise acts as a brain fertilizer.
- Reduce Carbon Emissions
The bicycle is among one of the greenest methods of transportation as it does not require any form of fuel, and consequently produces zero carbon emissions. To produce a bicycle takes only 5% of energy and materials used to manufacture a car. Bicycles also reduce traffic congestion and the need for fossil fuels such as petroleum.
- Boost Your Motivation and Productivity
Researchers at Bristol University found that exercising before work or at lunchtime can boost individuals’ motivation, as well as stress and workload management ability. The 200 individuals who took part on this study were also found to naturally take fewer breaks, and finish their workload on time.