It’s safe to say that cycling is a terrific form of exercise. But when you see all the amazing benefits for your body and soul—not to mention the planet—described in one place, even the biggest skeptic will be dashing out to dust off their bike.
Good for your mind
British cyclist Sarah Bentley once said, “You’re one ride away from a good mood.” Biking releases endorphins, which make you feel happy and help counter stress. With improved mental health and brain power comes improved work performance. In fact, Albert Einstein reportedly thought of the theory of relativity while riding his bike. Imagine that!
Good for the planet
With no gas and no air or noise pollution, riding your bike is great for the environment. It reduces your fuel consumption and carbon footprint, and mitigates climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions to improve the survival rates of plants and wildlife.
Taking up biking couldn’t be easier. You can ride almost anywhere, from city bike routes to mountain trails. If you don’t own your own bike, then you can opt for a bike-sharing program. Other important equipment you need includes a helmet, lights and reflective clothing, so it’s pretty easy on your budget.
Many employers encourage cycling to work and provide a secure area to lock up your bike. And if you live too far to bike all the way to work, try going as far as the nearest train, subway or bus station.
Good for your body
Biking has tremendous health benefits for your body, both expected and unexpected. Unsurprisingly, it’s a great low-impact aerobic activity that does more than burn fat—it reduces cardiovascular disease and improves strength by building muscle. What’s more, it can boost your immune system and lower your risk of stroke, diabetes, and even some types of cancer. And a good bike ride you sleep better and longer, which often becomes a challenge for people as they age.
Finally, some wise words from Albert Einstein: “Life is like riding a bike. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Great advice!