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5 benefits of cycling

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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You have to admire professional cyclists like Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome who demonstrate amazing aerobic fitness during competitions like the upcoming Tour de France. They seem to be invincible, with endless amounts of energy, capable of enduring long distances as if they were similar to a casual stroll in the park.

It’s fair to say that these athletes are some of the fittest and healthiest individuals around and cycling has been proven to be an activity that delivers positive results, physically and mentally.

Those that pedal on a regular basis are known for having low stress levels, tend to maintain a healthy weight and report high levels of wellbeing. Intrigued? Well, look no further as this guide delves further into the benefits of riding a bicycle on a regular basis.

Low-impact activity

Similar to swimming, cycling is an effective way of getting fit without hammering your joints into oblivion. This low-impact activity will get your heart beating hard, burn lots of calories and leave every aspect of your body feeling toned.

Easy to fit into your life

Whether it’s popping to the shops, commuting to work, seeing friends and family members or heading out for a fun ride somewhere picturesque, cycling is a pursuit that can easily be moulded to fit in with your lifestyle.

Boosts your brain power

Cycling might be a fun way to get physically fit, but it’s also an enjoyable way of getting 'mentally fit' too. Studies have shown that pedal power can equate to mental power because the activity enhances oxygen and blood flow to the brain.

Banishes excess fat

Cycling being a cardiovascular exercise is the perfect way of getting lean and that means getting rid of excess fat in a very effective way. While the metabolic rate is naturally raised during exercise, researchers have found that it continues afterwards.

Loves your heart

Some reports claim that regular cycling can cut your risk of heart disease by as much as 50 per cent, which is an astonishing amount. Needless to say, riding a bicycle keeps your vital organ in tip-top shape and that's the kind of love it deserves.

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