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The King Of Exercise: How Biking Benefits Your Brain And Your Body

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It’s no secret that regular exercise leads to a healthier body and a happier mind. To see these benefits, you don’t need to face your local gym, with its sweaty fitness junkies and equipment that look like medieval torture devices. Biking is an enjoyable pastime for many people as well as an efficient way to get around town. Better yet, cycling has been proven to both boost brain power and improve your physical health.

Bike For Your Brain

That brain-boosting evidence comes from a study conducted by Charles Hillman in 2007. Hillman’s study also showed that exercise, such as biking, helps the elderly to fend off Alzheimer’s. In the same year, Dr. Phil Tomporowski showed that children respond positively to more time spent biking and that the activity can help control behavioral issues such as ADD or ADHD. Outside of specific mental health benefits, biking improves a person’s overall confidence. The whole-body exertion you experience when biking leads to your brain releasing feel-good hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin. A survey commissioned by the British Heart Foundation found that cyclists were perceived as 13% more intelligent than other people.

Bike For Your Body

Biking acts as an effective way to control your weight, but its benefits have also been linked to reduced chances of cardiovascular issues and cancer. According to a study by the British Medical Association, people reduced their chances of developing coronary heart disease by 50% when they biked 20 miles a week. This reduction occurs because regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs, and circulation. It also lowers your resting pulse, reduces blood fat levels, and strengthens your heart muscles. Research has shown that biking reduces the chance of bowel cancer, and some studies suggest that it can also lower your risk of breast cancer. For those trying to lose weight, biking is a low-impact exercise that you can tailor to your schedule and abilities. Steady biking burns approximately 300 calories per hour, an amount that adds up quickly when you bike multiple times in a day or a week.

If you’re looking for an easy way to start working fitness into your daily schedule, biking is an activity that is easy to do alongside friends or family and can act as a scenic tour as well as exercise. Brush the dust off of your bike seat, make sure your tires have air in them, and set out on the nearest bike path to start your cycling journey today.

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