Cycling Health Benefits

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Here at Halfords, we believe that cycling is the best way to exercise. Through it, you can experience the great outdoors, spend time with friends, and all while getting healthier.

If you need a bit more convincing to get your leg over a bike, here are some of the benefits you can look forward to from cycling.

If you're already a regular, here are some reasons to feel pleased with yourself!

Cycling for weight loss

If you're looking to shed a few pounds, riding a bike is a great option. It's a really effective way of burning calories and fat during the exercise, but you'll also continue to burn loads of extra calories for hours after you've finished. That might mean you can hit your weight loss goals, or it might mean some guilt-free snacking - we won't judge! People who cycle regularly have also been shown to look younger. Cycling is also low impact, meaning it's easy on your joints.

Cycling to stay healthy

We all know exercise is good for our health, but how exactly does cycling lead to a healthier you? Here are just a few ways you’ll benefit:

  • Heart and lungs - Cycling is great cardiovascular exercise. That means the more you ride, the stronger your heart will be - and the same goes for your lungs. That means less risk of heart disease, and of course you get fitter too!
  • The C word - Riding a bike, just like many other forms of exercise, cycling is shown to greatly reduce your risk of cancer. Cycling is specifically good because it's moderate exercise, which has been proven to be the most helpful.
  • Fewer sick days - Getting active makes other changes on your insides, too. Cycling gets your immune system going, meaning you'll get ill less often.
  • Avoid pollution - It might sound counter-intuitive, but people who ride to work have been shown to inhale less harmful particles from exhaust fumes than those in cars, buses or taxis.

Cycling for mental health

Exercising on a bike doesn’t just improve you physically, and there are lots of mental health benefits too:

  • Happiness - Exercise releases chemicals in the brain called endorphins, which give you a natural high and make you feel better. It's not unusual for exercise to be prescribed as a treatment for depression!
  • Clearer thinking and more creativity - As well as giving you some time away from your workplace to think clearly, cycling means more blood and oxygen circulating, which gives your brain a boost.
  • Less stress - A combination of endorphins, thinking time and a well-fuelled brain means that cyclists are less stressed, so you can spend less time worrying and more time riding!
  • Better sleep - Being outdoors (even if it's not sunny) really helps your sleep, and those who ride to work have been proven to get better sleep.

Cycling for transport

The benefits don’t stop there, and there are lots of reasons to ditch your regular mode of transport and turn to two wheels:

  • Save money - Once you've got a bike, cycling is pretty much free! That means less money going up in smoke (literally) on your commute and more to spend on that carbon beast you've been lusting after.
  • More time - In cities, it's often faster to ride than it is to drive. But that's not all - you're also getting fitter while you commute, so you can kill two birds with one stone!
  • Save the planet - Just like your favourite superhero (with the lycra outfit to match). Cyclists don't put out much in the way of exhaust (no jokes at the back please), and you can enjoy all the guilt-free travel you like!

So there you have it - the list goes on, of course, but we don't want to take away from your valuable riding time. If you haven't started cycling yet, why not have a look at our range of bikes and pick out your new steed? Or, if you're after some more advice, take a look through our Advice Centre, for some more guides and articles.

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