Cycling is another form of exercise that is easy and fun to do. Not only is it good for our brain cells, but it also helps with expanding our lung capacity too. It’s an exercise all family members can participate in.
Cycling helps us sleep better. Research carried out at Stanford University School of Medicine on insomniacs, concluded that those insomniacs who cycled a minimum of between 20-30 minutes every other day, reduced time on getting to sleep by half an hour and sleeping through, increased by an hour.
Other research also suggests that people who cycle; have a five percent improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness and up to 15 percent improvement in mental tests. This is because cycling helps build new brain cells in the area of the brain responsible for memory. Cycling increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
Four more reasons why we should cycle:
- Cycling increases strength;
- Cycling increases flexibility and balance;
- Cycling increases stamina and endurance;
- Cycling increases the amount of calories we burn off.
Cycling also helps us fight off illness. Immune cells become more active the more we take exercise, so we are able to fight off infection quicker. The body becomes more efficient at regenerating new cells.
Cycling also helps with lowering our risk of Cardiovascular Disease; Cancer; Obesity; High Blood Pressure and Type II Diabetes.
Cycling takes little effort and apart from the initial layout for cycling gear and the bike, it’s a cost effective exercise. It’s something you can pick up as and when you have time.
It’s a good all round exercise that is also gentle on the joints and helps with stress.