We can all probably agree that exercise is good for us. Even with this knowledge, many of us don’t get the amount of exercise that we need on a daily basis. Also, if you are like many people out there, you work all day at a desk, sit in your car to get to work, and crash on the couch to binge on your latest Netflix guilty pleasure. Let’s just come out and say it, exercise isn’t all that fun. If it were, more people would do it.
But, don’t your remember when you were a kid and how thrilling it was to ride your bike around with your friends? Well, guess what? Bike riding as an adult is every bit the joy it was back then. In fact, I myself couldn’t get into exercise until I started biking. It was something I actually liked to do and was willing to do often. Perhaps that sounds like you?
Biking provides many health benefits outside of just becoming more physically active. Here’s a few benefits of biking:
1. Biking is great for your heart
Biking is great cardiovascular exercise. If you are at risk of heart related issues like high blood pressure, then biking can help. In fact, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise conducted a 5 year study looking at the activity levels of 1,500 different people. Those who were physically active were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure. Biking is great source of this type of activity. You many be able to keep your blood pressure down without medication if you bike a few days a week.
2. Biking helps you lose weight
This one might seem obvious because any form of exercise should help you lose some fat, but some believe that the only way to drop weight is to diet. This is not so. Studies are showing that the only way some people can lose weight is by combining exercise and a change in diet. Biking even moderately (12-14mph) can burn a good amount of calories, and it’s fun at the same time!
3. Biking is easier on your joints than other forms of exercise
Running and jogging are great forms of cardio exercise, but it does come at a price. Running is tough on the ankles and knees, and can cause injury over time. Biking offers the same calorie burning power with less strain on the knees and ankles. You will need to go further distances when riding as opposed to running, but that shouldn’t be a problem considering you are moving much quicker!
4. Biking is an activity you can do at any age
Because biking is a lower impact form of exercise, you can bike well into your golden years. As you age, other forms of exercise like weightlifting, running, etc. will become more difficult for your body to handle. Biking is far easier on the body, and as a result, you can do it at any age!
Hopefully the benefits are enough to get you excited about bike riding. If you are in the market for a great hybrid bike, check our bike reviews on this website. Happy riding!