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Top 10 Benefits of Cycling 💪

People often forget how easy it is to exercise with a bike, especially considering they think bike rides are only for adventures. In fact, according to Better Health, it takes 2 to 4 hours a week to improve your health with a bike ride. Still not convinced that bikes are healthy for you? Below are the top 10 benefits of biking!

Cycling is an excellent form of exercise that offers a range of benefits for both the body and mind. It is a low-impact workout that's easy on the joints and a great way to improve cardiovascular health, boost endurance, and build strength. Plus, cycling is an eco-friendly way to get around and explore the world around you.

Reason 1: Muscle Strength 

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No matter how intensely you ride, it will always give your muscles a good workout! You don't necessarily have to be going 20+ MPH on a bike to get good gains. The great thing about a bike ride is that it's a good form of exercise, even if you're pedaling slowly. It's how a lot of people get back into exercising! 🚵 

Reason 2: Happiness

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Riding a bike makes you happy from the inside out. Not only does it physically work you out, but it also works out the brain. That's right, and cycling is a great way to encourage positive mental health. Decreased mental health issues include anxiety, depression, and stress. Not only does the exercise relieve your mental pain, but the actual enjoyment of a ride will turn that frown upside down! ☹️😁

Reason 3: Weight Loss

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Bike rides not only help you acquire gains, but it helps you lose weight as well. Cycling can help against obesity, making your metabolism faster. Research from Britain conducted by the British Medical Journal, also shows that if you go on a half-hour ride every day for a year, you can burn 11 pounds alone! Of course, cycling alone can't promote a healthier lifestyle without making important nutritional diet decisions. This means, if you go for a bike ride for one hour a day, you can burn 2,100 calories in one week! I don't know about you, but this makes us want to get pedaling immediately! Of course, cycling alone can't promote a healthier lifestyle without making important nutritional diet decisions. 🥦

Reason 4: Posture

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Throughout your life, we are sure you've heard the typical saying, "your posture is horrible." But, here's a way to improve the hunch we all tend to do. No need to fret any longer, as cycling can help improve your posture. Please stop trying to fix your posture with a stack of books, throw them away, and throw yourself onto a bike! 🧍‍♂️

Reason 5: Heart Rate

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It's a painful truth that cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of decreased health. These diseases include high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. A Danish study, provided by the British Medical Journal, proved that you're more protected from heart disease if you regularly cycle. Riding a bike strengthens your heart muscles, lowers your pulse, and even removes high blood fat levels. So, get on a bike ride to get that heart pumping! 💗

Reason 6: Lung Function

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With every breath you take, we remember the importance of taking care of our lungs. As some of you are aware, pollen basically kills the lungs. You're constantly sneezing, as it's everywhere around you. Believe it or not, cycling at least two to three times a day can reduce your exposure to pollen! Less pollen means more improvement in your lung function. Why don't you blow off some steam with a relaxing bike ride and take in the fresh air? 🌬

Reason 7: Preventing Cancer

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Cycling can prevent one of the scariest things out there: cancer. Worldwide, many researchers have proven that cycling can reduce the risk of two types of cancers: bowel and breast cancer. So, staying active with a leisurely bike ride could help change your life forever and increase your prevention chances. Of course, we know there are also many other factors to cancer, but one little ride couldn't hurt. 🎀

Reason 8: Reducing Diabetes

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Diabetes is another top health concern, throughout the world, specifically Type 2. Since Type 2 develops after birth, one of the leading causes of diabetes diagnoses is a lack of exercise. In Finland, an extensive research study was conducted, with the assistance of the British Medical Journal, and those who rode a bike for more than 30 minutes a day had a 40% less chance of developing diabetes. Just remember, even a short bike ride can make the biggest of differences. 🤗

Reason 9: Balance

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One of the first things you learn when riding a bike is how to balance. After a few tries without training wheels, you finally get the hang of it and can ride the bike successfully! As if it wasn't obvious enough, cycling helps you increase strength, balance, and coordination. This is super important as these are the top three things our bodies function with. Improving all of our abilities will only be a positive thing. 💪

Reason 10: Bone Strength

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Balancing and strong bones can improve from cycling, since you'll have a lesser risk of falling and possible fractures. Cycling is such a great form of exercise, as it doesn't put a lot of stress on your body. Since there's a low amount of strain, it's perfect for those with osteoarthritis. So, let's chug some milk and encourage stronger bones with well-deserved rides. 🦴

Cycling is for anyone and everyone! Whether young, old, short, tall, or anything, any human can ride a bike! Throughout this blog, we have examined several reasons cycling is healthy for you. We understand that while riding a bike is easy, the hardest part is motivating yourself to get out and do it. Let this serve as a motivator to get out there and start! Even if it's baby steps, any progress is better than none. You got this!

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