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5 ways cycling can benefit your health
Saturday, 25 July · 2 min read

Some people think of cycling as just a mode of travel -- but it can have a wide range of benefits on both your physical and mental wellbeing.

It gets you outdoors, raises your heart rate and it can be sociable if you go for a ride with friends.

If you are someone who just hops on their bike for a short ride to the shops, or a new rider looking to avoid public transport, it may help to know just how beneficial that bike ride may be.

Going for a cycle can:

  • improve your heart health -- cycling fast or uphill to get your heart rate higher can help lower blood pressure
  • build muscle -- cycling works almost every muscle in your body, across your calves, thighs, hips and even your arms and tummy as you balance and steer
  • strengthen your bones -- as you work your muscles they pull on your bones which increases their density
  • reduce stress and improve your mood -- being active triggers the release of the feel-good hormones endorphins
  • help you maintain a healthy weight -- by burning fat and calories

Cycling also puts less pressure on your joints than jogging, making it a good option if you have joint pain or stiffness.

Quote of the day

Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.

Eddy Merckx

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