Nothing helps you get back into shape like exercise. Couple good exercise with a healthy diet and you can lose weight and hit your goals.
But to most people exercise isn't just hard, it can be boring and repetitive.
But if you take on biking you can burn some serious calories all while enjoying yourself. I know you've tried running the treadmill and get bored. But getting outdoors and back in touch with nature and hitting your local trails is a good way to take your mind off of the timer and calorie counter.
Biking is a great way to get around, during the summer you can bike to work it may mean getting out the door an extra 10-20 mins early but that little bit extra exercise and enjoyment could mean a slimmer waistline.
Ten reasons you may not have realized why you should be biking!
10. Sleep Deeper at Night
“Exercising outside exposes you to daylight,” explains Professor Jim Horne from Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre. “This helps get your circadian rhythm back in sync, and also rids your body of cortisol, the stress hormone that can prevent deep, regenerative sleep.”
Sleeping at night helps you lose weight too. Research done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who get an 8 hour rest burn up to 5% more calories when at rest compared to their tired counterparts. And a well rested person can burn up to 20% more calories immediately after eating compared to their tired counterparts.
9. It's Good For the Environment
Biking doesn't cause any direct pollution.
8. Extends Life Expectancy
Dr. Lynn Cherkas of King College London says, "Those who exercise regularly are at signiﬁcantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, all types of cancer, high blood pressure and obesity. The body becomes much more efﬁcient at defending itself and regenerating new cells."
Cycling is a great way to exercise!
7. You Will Look Younger
Scientists at Stanford University have found that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. Harley Street dermatologist Dr Christopher Rowland Payne explains: Cycling helps increase circulation which "delivers oxygen and nutrients to skins cells more effectively, while flushing harmful toxins out."
Cycling promotes optimized collagen production, which helps reduce wrinkles and speeds up the healing process in the body.
6. Makes you Smarter
A study from Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research found that after riding a bike for 30 mins people scored higher on memory tests, reasoning and planning.
When you pedal, you also force more nerve cells to fire. As these neurons light up, they intensify the creation of proteins like brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a compound called noggin (yes, really), which promote the formation of new brain cells. The result: You double or triple the production of neurons—literally building your brain, says Christie. You also release neurotransmitters (the messengers between your brain cells) so all those cells, new and old, can communicate with each other for better, faster functioning. That's a pretty profound benefit to cyclists. (Bicycling Magazine)