11 Amazing Benefits of Biking

11 Amazing Benefits of Biking

Queen sang about riding their bicycles, and we can't help but think that part of the reason is that there are just so many benefits of biking.

Cycling is a fun form of exercise and a cost-effective way of getting from point A to B, and cycling on a daily basis can help give your physical and mental health a major boost.

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Improves Your Heart Health

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Riding a bike gives you the same cardiovascular benefits as any other aerobic exercise — with the added perk of being able to do it while enjoying the great outdoors.

A 2018 review in the British Journal of Sports Medicine , found cycling was associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, regardless of the intensity of the rides.

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Easy on Your Joints

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If you want to avoid injury and keep stress off your joints, get on a bike. Cycling is a low-impact form of exercise,

which is great for anyone recovering from injury or dealing with age-related stiffness, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

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Lengthens Your Life Expectancy

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It gets better: Biking isn't just less risky, it can help prolong your life. A 2018 study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that cycling is positively associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality for older individuals.

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Can Burn More Calories Than Walking

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If your goal is to up your caloric burn and lose weight, a bike ride might be a better use of your time than a brisk walk. Calculations from Harvard Medical School state that while cycling for 60 minutes at 16 to 19 miles per hour burns almost 900 calories

is brutal," she says. "This is a great go-to movement to add to your at home routine."

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Improves Your Productivity

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Biking to work makes good business sense. A 2015 study conducted by the University of Cambridge, VitalityHealth and RAND Europe found that employees who cycle have lower rates of depression and obesity, higher life satisfaction scores and take significantly fewer sick days than their non-cycling coworkers.

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Boosts Your Mood

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Ever notice a cyclist whizzing past you with a big smile on their face? As it turns out, cycling is one of the best forms of exercise for your mental health.

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Tests Your Limits

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Engage your competitive side with bicycle racing. It's a fun but challenging way for active individuals to test their physical and mental limits.

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11 Amazing Benefits of Biking

By Sahil Saifi