Bicycles are a fantastic means of transportation that helps protect the environment: it reduces air contamination, carbon emissions, traffic jams, etc.
Electric bicycles have become the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry.
With their ease of use and thrilling performance, e-bikes are drawing more and more first riders. If you’ve been considering getting your own electric bicycle but don’t know where to begin, this blog will help you learn more about cycling benefits.
• Cycling can improve your mental health
A study shows that the health status of physically active people is 32% higher than that of inactive ones.
Exercise can improve your mood in various ways: the release of adrenaline and endorphins, and the confidence that comes from achieving new goals, such as completing exercise goals.
Cycling combines physical exercise with outdoor activities. You can ride alone: leave time to deal with sadness or worries; or ride with a team that broadens your social circle.
The record holder, Graeme Obree, has suffered from depression for years. He said: "Going out and cycling will help those who suffer from depression. Without cycling, I wouldn’t know where to go."
• A healthy way to lose weight
The resistance from cycling means that it not only burns your fat, but also strengthens your muscles. Especially for your hips, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. Muscle is thinner than fat, and people with higher muscle ratio burn more calories even if they sit for a long time.
• Reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer
Cycling can increase your heart rate, fasten your blood circulation, burn your calories, and reduce the risk of being overweight. Therefore, it is strongly recommended by the NHS, which can reduce the risk of major diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
Earlier this year, a study conducted by the University of Glasgow showed new evidence, which covers more than 260,000 people in a five-year period, found that cycling to work can reduce the risk of heart disease or cancer greatly.
Dr. Jason Gill of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences noted: “Cycling to work is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of health issues.”
• Strengthen your immune system
Dr. David Nieman of Appalachian State University and his colleagues once had a research covered 1,000 adults under the age of 85, found that exercise has many benefits for the health of the upper respiratory system.
Tim Noakes, professor of exercise and exercise science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, also tells us that gentle exercise can improve our immune system by increasing the production of essential proteins and waking up lazy white blood cells.
Why choose bicycles? Cycling to work can reduce the time to and from getting off work and free you from the restrictions from buses and trains where bacteria may stay.
One note of caution though. There is evidence that your immune system will immediately decrease after intense work-out, but it will recover soon.