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The Ultimate Guide to the Benefits of Cycling

A cyclist surrounded by beautiful greenery.
Written by Nancy

What’s that they say, you never forget how to ride a bike? Well, in that case, why not break your bicycle out and cruise the country lanes? Even if you’ve never ridden a bike in your life, learning how to is simple and rewarding.

But why should one bother riding a bicycle anyway? Well, apart from how fun and liberating it can be, there are multiple benefits to cycling. If you aren’t sure what they are, well, you’re in luck. We’ve prepared this piece with the many benefits of riding a bicycle. Take a look.

Cycling Helps You Burn Fat

Here’s the simple equation that governs weight loss: the calories burned must exceed the calories consumed. So, when you need to burn the extra calories, why not hop on your bicycle and get to work? Depending on the rider’s weight and the intensity of the cycling, riding a bicycle can burn between 440 to 1000 calories per hour.

Cycling is Low Impact

One of the primary benefits of cycling as a cardio activity is that it’s easy on the joints, unlike walking, jogging, or running. When you walk, jog, or run, your body weight is supported by your legs. This strains your joints, which is why they aren’t advisable to anyone with joint pain or age-related joint stiffness. In contrast, when cycling, your body weight is supported by a pair of bones in your pelvis known as the ischial tuberosity.

Cycling Builds Muscle

Working against the resistance element involved in cycling means you won’t just burn fat, but you’ll also build muscle, particularly your calves, quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Considering the fact that muscle is leaner than fat, those who have a higher percentage of muscle burn more calories when sedentary.

A point-of-view image depicting a bicycle’s handlebars.

Cycling Improves Mental Wellbeing

While people tend to engage in physical activity and exercise for improving aerobic capacity and muscle size, they also are highly beneficial when it comes to mental wellbeing. Exercise has been shown to positively impact anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health disorders. Regular exercise relieves stress, helps improve sleep, boosts memory, and improves overall mood.

With a bicycle, you have access to one of the most fun ways to engage in exercise. You don’t even need to be a fitness freak to benefit from cycling; even moderate amounts of exercise can prove highly beneficial to your overall mental wellbeing.

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About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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