How Do Riding Bicycles Benefit Our Mental Health?
“Word Bicycle Day” is celebrated every year on the 3rd of June, to spread awareness about the benefits of cycling on physical and mental well-being. The bicycle riding activity turns out to be a low-impact exercise making it equally fun and healthy, and most importantly suitable for all age groups of people. It can be easily fit into our daily routines, such as riding them along with or instead of your morning walks, can turn them into a regular sport along with your friends, riding them to run chores, riding them to school or office, etc. The overall well-being of an individual not only depends on your physical health but on your mental health as well.
Let’s dive deep into some of the various health benefits of cycling.
Cycling helps to manage body weight
When you take your daily rides to your grocery runs, or school or work, the cycle, could gradually turn into mini-workouts amidst your busy schedule. Cycling keeps you physically active, and burns calories, and some experts second that cycling is a good cardio exercise. Since, cycling burns fat only after 20 minutes of the activity, make sure the ride lasts at least for 30 minutes.
Cycling helps to boost immunity
As a result of the global pandemic and the subsequent vaccination, every one of us took, our immune systems cry for help to return back to their original capacity. We all need the required immunity to be safe and sound. Cycling helps to manage our metabolism. Proper metabolism leads to the breakdown of essential nutrients and the body receives the required energy to carry out various essential functions. It eventually leads to better stamina, thus ensuring better immunity.
Cycling helps to improve mental health
People are starting to prioritize their mental health as much as their physical health. With the global pandemic, changing work patterns, shifting academic strategies, and demanding parenting responsibilities, some of us are stressed, anxious, and depressed. Though all our troubles can’t be compared and compensated, we can still be mindful of others’ struggles and help each other as much as we can. Cycling helps to relieve muscle tension and stress, at large in providing a focus on a particular activity. The feeling of fresh air on the face, and the blood rush throughout our body leads to lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, thus making us happy and energetic.
Cycling helps to reduce stress
Our worlds were constricted to digital screens in the last few years, our minds waiting to escape into the reality it was used to. Cycling provides that escape connection to our outer worlds, and nature in specific, making us happy. Any outdoor activity such as walking, jogging, running, cycling, trekking, etc, provides us a chance to get away from our learned binge-watching, news streaming, social-media scrolling, and the world of information technology. Emotional exhaustion caused by acute stress can be greatly reduced by cycling.
Cycling helps to lower the risk of heart diseases
Regular cycling reduces the risk of heart disease by 50% according to a study by Purdue University, Indiana, United States. Research emphasizes the importance of exercise in heart health. As recommended by WHO, adults ages 18-64 are advised to exercise or participate in any moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 150 minutes (20 minutes per day) all through the week.
Cycling helps to reduce the carbon footprints
To commemorate our planet, the theme of the “World Bicycle Day” this year is “Our Planet, Our Health”, and it strives to raise awareness that cycling is the only mode of transportation with no carbon footprint. Kids, teens, and adults can enjoy cycling. It’s cost-effective and fun. It also provides a good muscle workout improving our strength and stamina.