It helps you lose weight
Moms who are trying to shed their post-baby weight might want to consider biking. You can have some much-needed me-time while getting back in shape. There’s also something about biking that makes you feel free, and makes you go back to being a kid again.
When it comes to shedding the excess pounds, riding a bicycle helps burn major calories. When you ride a bike at a speed of 12 to 14 miles per hour, you can burn as much as 500 calories in sixty minutes.
Even beginners can easily ride a bike for one or two hours, so you don’t have to worry about not having enough stamina to last for sixty minutes or even double that. Whether you have ten, twenty, thirty or more pounds to lose, you can use biking as your main means of exercising.
It works out the largest muscles in your body
If you would like to have rock-hard glutes and firm buttocks, you definitely should take on biking. While you are riding a bicycle, the largest muscles in your body get worked out, specifically the buttocks and legs. As you pedal those extra pounds away, you are also toning your entire bodywhile developing your glutes, thighs, and your behind all at the same time.
It makes you look younger
What better reason is there to take on biking other than the fact that it makes you look younger?
There are studies conducted at Stanford University which indicated that riding a bike regularly can protect your skin from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun. It also helps diminish the signs of ageing on your skin through increased circulation. With the physical exertion brought about by biking, more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the skin.
The harmful toxins from your body are also flushed out through sweat. More importantly, collagen production is optimized because of the physical activity. This results to a reduced appearance of wrinkles. If you have wounds, being physically active will speed up the healing process. Just make sure to slather sun protection on your skin before heading out, or wear protective gear from the sun.
It helps you sleep better
In another study conducted at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, those who are suffering from insomnia were asked to ride a bike for twenty minutes to about half an hour every other day. After a week or so, the time that it took for them to fall asleep was reduced by half. Their time for some quality shuteye was also increased by almost sixty minutes.
The reason? Biking or exercising in general makes you exposed to daylight. As a result, your circadian rhythm is put back in sync. Exposure to sunlight also helps get rid of cortisol which is a stress hormone that prevents people from getting good quality sleep.
It helps beat illnesses
Even moderate biking, when done on a regular basis, can help keep sickness at bay. What the physical activity does is make immune cells more active, so your body can easily fight off infection. By riding a bike for thirty minutes a day, five days a week, you will take only half of the sick days taken on by individuals who lead a more sedentary lifestyle.