Whether we are sweating amongst friends or racing past competition, we recognize that riding is an action driven with PURPOSE! We never need an excuse to ride, but these are just a few of our inspirations.
1. GENERAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Bicycling is the perfect activity for anyone looking to improve their health. Whether utilized as a primary means of exercise or as a complimentary activity along with other sports, cycling helps increase cardiovascular fitness, in a manner that is very forgiving on the joints. Studies also show that even in a moderate level cycling helps strengthen immune system, respiratory muscles, and improves oxygen exchange, while reducing high blood pressure.
Cycling provides an excellent means to train year round because it is an aerobic exercise utilized both in and outdoors. Although primarily felt in the legs, cycling incorporates the entire body as the rider is forced to engage core strength in the abdomen, stabilization through back muscles, and arms and shoulders to support the body on the handlebars.
3. RELEASE THE STRESS AND TENSION OF DAILY LIFE
Cycling has the ability to relax the body and mind, through its assistance in balancing out hormones. Also the simple act of physical activity helps tire the body so that sleep is easier to fall into and deeper as well. This in turn, helps the body to wake more refreshed and ready to handle the following days hurdles. Cycling outside also provides the necessary exposure to sunlight to improve our circadian rhythm. This is beneficial as it helps in the removal of cortisol from the body, a stress hormone that is often at fault for preventing regenerative sleep.
4. BURNS CALORIES
Health issues aside, who doesn’t love the aesthetic benefits cycling offers. Even leisure riding will burn an average of 300 calories an hour, and cycling can train the body to use up fat reserves.
5. SAVES MONEY
Regardless of whether money is being invested in gasoline, basic maintenance, insurance or even more costly repairs that comes with car ownership, cycling can help greatly reduce transportation costs and eliminate a number of the frustrations we are subjected with when gas prices are completely out of our control.
6. MAKES YOU FRIENDS
Riding on a bicycle makes you more approachable. No longer hidden behind the framework of your vehicle, instead you are exposed to your surroundings and the people living within your neighborhood. And although the sport can certainly be enjoyed alone, cycling generally serves as a highly social activity, as it helps to better engrain you into your community.
7. EASE OF ACCESSIBILITY
Step outdoors and you’ve just walked into your own personal gym. Because the world of cycling offers so many types of riding, there are truly few boundaries to where your bicycle will take you. Whether sticking to paved roads, or exploring rockier terrains, the range of bicycles available today make for perfect means of transportation. Giving a leg up, particularly when traffic is at a standstill, a bicycle creates an entirely new opportunity, taking you to destinations only your mind can limit.
8. DO OUR PART TO PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT
Bikes are created using a fraction (.05) of the energy and material that is necessary to make a vehicle, bicycles not only take up less space, but produce no pollution. Not to mention parking is a low-hassle task. No more fighting for the single remaining spot, instead a handy bicycle chain makes entry parking easy and conventional. Even more so, as the popularity of the sport increases, more business are providing bike racks in ideal places for commuters.
9. INCREASES SELF-CONFIDENCE
Because of increased energy, mood enhancing endorphins released during and after your ride, and the ongoing way the sport changes the body physically, cycling offers an array of opportunities for anyone to increase their self-confidence. In so many ways, cycling also represents what so many people yearn for, and that is freedom and independence. For those unable to get a driver’s license or unable to afford the cost of a vehicle, a bicycle is the gift of self-sufficiency. It is the gift of self-reliance that cycling rewards us. When all else fails, we can feel confident knowing we still have the power to drive to our desired destination.
10. INSPIRES OTHERS
Regardless of your purpose for riding, simple pleasure, training/competing, or the countless health benefits cycling provides, the act of riding is unavoidably inspirational. Each rider becomes a message board for all those who have yet to find that necessary balance of health, wellness, and happiness in life. Through the act of bicycling we believe we can give back to ourselves and our community, and in doing so become our very best versions.
This are just a few reasons why riding your bike is good for you. Why do you ride your bike? Let us know in the comment section below.