Going for a ride is good for your heart and muscles, and it may improve how you walk, balance, and climb stairs.
Cycling is arguably the nation’s favourite hobby, with more than two million people up and down the country hopping on their bikes at least once a week. Enjoyed by all ages from all walks of life, the humble bicycle is a convenient means to get around and is an easy way to get more active.
The benefits of cycling are almost as endless as the country lanes you could soon be exploring.
Combining physical exercise with the great outdoors, cycling is an invigorating and liberating experience whether you opt for a simple ride to the shops, discovering your local surroundings, or venturing further afield. As well as your local park, canal or cycle path The National Cycle Network offers 16,575 miles of safe and traffic-free landscape just waiting to be discovered.
What’s lovely about riding is the freedom for you to enjoy on your own or as a part of a group (which usually involves several hours of riding at an intensity that enables chat and a tea and cake stop!). In addition to growing your social circle if you’re new to riding, your fellow cyclers are likely to provide you with all the maintenance and training top tips you were after too.
The Top 5 Benefits of Cycling
Easy on the joints
Cycling is a low-impact sport so is gentle on the joints and is one of the most effective workouts for people with arthritis.
Cuts the risk of heart disease
Raising your heart rate and burning calories, the NHS recommends cycling as a great form of exercise to cut the risk of developing major illnesses.
It’s not just physical, cycling and many other exercises releases adrenaline and endorphins which boost your mood.
Helps you sleep better
Scientists suggest cycling leads to a reduction in anxiety that elevates the ability to sleep better a night.
Boost your brain power
Exercise has been repeatedly linked to brain health and the reduction of cognitive changes that can leave us vulnerable to dementia.