People today tend to lead more sedentary and monotonous lifestyles. Everywhere you go there are bike paths, but not that many people using them. Cycling is a great way to increase your cardio and lead a healthier lifestyle, not to mention a great way to save on gas. It’s not only fun and environmentally friendly, but it also has many benefits for your health!
According to HealthDay, “cycling to work was associated with a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease over a five-year span and a 45 percent lower risk of cancer compared to a sedentary commute”. It means that something as easy as going for a ride can help you strengthen your heart muscles, and fight high cholesterol, which is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease.
Don’t have time to go to the gym? Actually, there is no need for it. One hour cycling can help you burn up to 500 calories. You will also tone up your muscles, such as your quads and hamstrings. Walking is a great option, but cyclists commute an average of 30 miles per week, meanwhile, walkers commute only 6 miles per week. Instead of driving to the office, take your bike and go for a ride!