Every day, more and more people engage in cycling activities for both weight loss and leisure. One of the best things about cycling is the fact you can achieve your weight loss goals while having fun doing so. When you consider the many benefits of cycling in the city, you’ll quickly see why and how you should join the growing numbers of people jumping on a bike… Particularly relevant with the emphasis being on active travel following the pandemic.
With changing global circumstances and the increasing need for diversified fitness and weight loss exercises, here are four benefits to both you and the environment to encourage you to get into cycling in the city today:
1. Perfect for fitness and weight loss
First and foremost, weight loss. No matter how you look and what you weigh, cycling is always going to be a great way to lose weight or maintain shape. When you cycle in the city, either for leisure or to work, your body has a higher fat-burning metabolism that keeps you active and charged throughout the day. This will help you lose weight and achieve your fitness goals, especially when you have a tight schedule that doesn’t do much to accommodate gym sessions.
2. Reduce costs
Yes. Bikes don’t run on fuel; they just need you to pedal. With the increasing fuel costs and transport fares, one of the ways to save money is to have a bike and cycle. It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it? Losing weight and saving cash all at the same time. Most major cities have recognised the increasing adoption of cycling and are making adequate plans for cyclists in their development and traffic management. Also, you do not have to pay high parking tickets or have to service or repair your car as often.
3. Environmental safety
Unlike the cars and buses that can be held accountable for contributing to environmental pollution, riding a bike does nothing of the such and is one of the cleanest forms of transportation. There are increased efforts from most governments and technologies to kick out carbon fuels and adopt more eco-friendly means of transportation and cycling falls into that category.
Believe it or not, cycling can help you get to your destination on time. Moving around the city in buses and cars may seem like the norm, but when you consider the high rates of accidents and traffic congestion on some routes, you’ll appreciate the ease of mobilisation that comes with cycling in the city.
So, while cycling is excellent for exercise, it is also eco-friendly and cost-efficient. Just remember, if you start cycling in the city, it’s important to note that you should always cycle safely – wear a helmet at all times! Also, be sure to observe traffic lights and the rules of the road to prevent accidents.
If you aren’t convinced, this study might help:
- Cycling to work was associated with a 41% lower risk of dying overall compared to commuting by car or public transport.
- Cycle commuters had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 40% lower risk of dying from cancer.
- They also had a 46% lower risk of developing heart disease and a 45% lower risk of developing cancer at all.
Additionally, here’s a great article from Wheelie Great on 10 cycling health benefits.
Lastly, here’s a load of amazing responses on why cycling is a brilliant activity to get into. Get pedalling!
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