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Top 8 Benefits of Cycling

1. Decreased stress levels and improve mental health.

We are sure that we have all experienced stress in our lives and some may be feeling more stressed now than ever before – for obvious reasons. This is the perfect time to get your body moving and in doing that you will reduce your stress levels, free your mind and reduce negative thoughts. Any exercise you do is only beneficial to your mind and cycling is an awesome one.

We are all living through a pretty hard time, some more than others of course but we believe everyone could improve their mental health as well as their physical health with cycling. Look after your mental health and allow yourself some ‘you time’ whatever that may be!

One very important thing to remember is that you are NEVER alone!! Always reach out if you are feeling low, there is always a way to pick yourself up and create a more positive mindset. We are in this TOGETHER!

2. Increased muscle strength.

Cycling is a tough workout on the legs in particular, especially if you are riding on some tough terrain, mainly hills!! You will gain serious strong and powerful muscles through cycling regularly.

In the power phase of pedalling (the downstroke), you use the gluteus muscles in the buttocks, the quadriceps in the thighs, and the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calves. In the recovery phase (backstroke, up-stroke, and over stroke), you use the hamstrings in the back of the thighs and the flexor muscles in the front of the hips.

3. Improved joint mobility.

A consistent and gentle cycling regimen can help loosen up these stiff joints and reduce the swelling that is caused by such stagnation, which in turn can help alleviate the pain and slow down degeneration.

4. Increased Cardiovascular Fitness.

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level. 

Cycling works other muscles, too. You use abdominal muscles to balance and stay upright, and you use your arm and shoulder muscles to hold the handlebars and steer.

5. Improved posture and coordination.

When you cycling you gain muscle through stabilising and balancing throughout your ride. Whilst doing this you are improving your posture and as your steer and manoeuvre your bike you will gain coordination skills.

6. Prevention of disease.

Cycling like many other cardiovascular activities helps to prevent and reduce the risk or heart disease. Spending time outdoors and exercising can do wonders for your mental health this also has a big positive impact on the prevention of multiple diseases.

7. Decreased body fat levels.

The key is performing a variety of workouts that build your fat-burning engine, rev your metabolism and the production of fat-burning hormones, suppress your appetite, and help you burn more fat and calories all day long. Yep, your bike can do all that.

8. Strengthened bones.

Cycling has a variety of health benefits, however, research has shown that it does not help create strong bones.
“Resistance activities, such as pushing pedals, pull on the muscles, and then the muscles pull on the bone, which increases bone density,” says Dr Safran-Norton. 

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