There are many health benefits to cycling that are both physical and psychological. Cycling is often seen as an activity for kids or professional cyclists and less in adults for leisure. Riding bikes casually or as a leisure activity is one of the best and easiest way to be active daily. It is noted that “Children from low-income and minority households, particularly black and Hispanic, are more likely to bike or walk to school than whites or higher-income students.'' This is especially important to keep in mind when considering and comparing the health profile amongst different cultures and ethnicities.
One of the many health benefits of biking is that it reduces the risk of heart disease by overall strengthening your heart, “Regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs, and circulation, reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.” This is because cycling strengthens your heart muscles, lowers resting pulse, and reduces blood fat levels. Research also shows that people who cycle to work have two to three times less exposure to pollution than car commuters, so their lung function is improved. Many researchers have also studied the relationship between cancer and cycling, and results came back that if you cycle it may reduce the risk of breast cancer along with bowel cancer.
Psychologically, it helps with stress management as it boosts levels of serotonin in your brain during exercise that creates that “Feel Good” sensation.It is important to consider doing more daily exercise in general, but considering cycling as a casual activity is beneficial as literally anyone of almost any age can get amazing health benefits from it without putting too much strain on the body. It's a fun, easy, and manageable activity to stay healthy.
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