Mark from Bike Push shared with Healthy Lombard that cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy. There’s no doubt about that. Not only that, but cycling is fun, social, and it can even help your love life!
This article discusses 15 of the best benefits of cycling!
1. Cycling Can Help Prevent Heart Disease
This is obvious, but aerobic exercise (that includes cycling) helps to combat the risk of coronary heart disease.
Cycling can lower levels of LDL cholesterol, which is the “bad” kind that clogs your arteries and leads to a higher chance of having a stroke or developing cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis or peripheral vascular disease.
Sounds nasty, doesn’t it!
Riding a bike can also help to manage high blood pressure, as cycling helps your body release nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is important for maintaining the healthy function of artery walls and muscles during exercise because it regulates their constriction or dilation.
So ditch the car in favor of biking! You’ll feel better about yourself.
2. Cycling Is Good For The Environment
Cycling is clean, efficient and sustainable. There are no nasty fumes emitted that will harm people or ecosystems. Greenhouse gas emissions are much lower than most other modes of transport, like driving a car.
Of course, cars require some kind of fuel to run (even the electric ones, which likely come from a power station). Cycling just needs your Earth-friendly legs.
The only pollution comes from the manufacturing of the bike and its parts. So, basically, very low carbon dioxide emissions!