There could literally be a million good reasons to go ride your bike. But we don’t want to make this article too long and have you lose interest.
Despite vast improvements in the cycling infrastructure in many cities across the United States, a majority of Americans still don’t get out and ride a bike. Sure, they rode one as a kid, for around 10 years or so, and then left it behind along with their teddy bear and skateboard.
You know the old saying: You never first to ride a bike. Well, that’s true because once you learn how o ride a bike, it gets stored in the procedural memory, which consists of other tasks you will always remember how to do including typing and playing an instrument you learned as a child.
But we digress. We are here to beam about the benefits of riding a bike. Privis Health, your digital healthcare provider, offer reasons why you should hop on a bike today.
You Will Sleep Better
An early morning bike ride might tire you out in the short term, but it will also help you catch up on your sleep when your head hits the pillow at night.
Research conducted at Stanford University asked people who had a hard time falling asleep at night to ride their bikes 20 minutes every other day. What they found id that when they started riding their bikes on a regular basis, their fall asleep some was cut in half.
You Will Get There Faster
Sure, riding a bike offers plenty of health benefits, but it also saves you time. Bike commutes in a lot of major cities are less than when you take a car. In fact, if you hit morning or afternoon rush hour, you can spend 15 or 20 minutes or more literally going nowhere in your car.
Increase Brain Power
If you want your brain to sparkle, get on that bike and start pedaling. Researchers found that cardio-respiratory fitness from cycling led to an improvement of up to 15 percent in mental tests.
Apparently, cycling helps build brain cells. Biking also increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain which fires and regenerates receptors. Look, all you need to know is that cycling is good for your brain.
Those who ride their bike on a regular basis are at significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. They have bodies that are more efficient at defending itself and regenerating new cells, which is an excellent recipe for a long and healthy life.
Everyone needs to have fun, at least every once in awhile. If you were to think back to your youth, you will have fond memories of riding your bike to be sure. If you aren’t having fun at this point of your life, you will become alienated. And if work seems stressful and bad right now, it will only get worse.
Anyone who has taken up cycling again will tell you how much fun they are having. It will amuse you now and continue to amuse you while you still ride.
Cycling is not like driving in that it puts you in a frame of mind that you want to talk to people, not giving them a rude gesture for cutting you off. When you ride on your own, you are happy and humming a tune and capturing the attention of like-minded people.
Before you know it, you will make a few friends who also love riding bikes and you have company while you ride.
Save the Planet
In addition to all of the health benefits you will enjoy when taking up cycling, you will also be saving the planet. Think about it; bikes produce zero pollution. They also take up a whole lot less space than the smallest car and they are an efficient way to travel. Ride a bike and save the planet.
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