Indoor or outdoor, cycling is considered one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise, because it has virtually no impact on the body. Whether you’re cycling to get outside more or to save money on your daily commute, there are health benefits to cycling that other forms of cardio can’t replicate.
Here are 4 facts you may not have known about cycling:
1. It’s Better For Your Brain
Recent studies have shown how cycling can increase brain cell production in the hippocampus, the part of the brain central to memory that begins to deteriorate at the age of 30. Researchers found those that a 5% improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness from cycling led to a 15% boost in mental tests.
2. Leads To A Healthier Heart
Studies from Purdue University have shown that cycling just 20 miles a week can cut your risk of heart disease by 50%. Those who also regularly cycled were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who did not.
3. It’s Great During Pregnancy
Those who exercise regularly during pregnancy recover faster, have an easier labor and enjoy an overall better mood during their pregnancy. Since running is heavy on impact, spin classes or exercise bikes are a great and forgiving option on the body for mothers-to-be.
4. You’ll Be More Productive
Cycling to work not only saves you money and improves your health, it can also make you more efficient in the workplace. Studies have found employees who exercised before work or lunchtime improved their time and workload management and boosted their motivation and ability to deal with stress.