If you are a cyclist, you are already aware of the fabulous benefit of cycling, but some of them were quite surprising for us too, even if we are all cyclists for many years. Not too convinced? Just wait and see!
- Prevention on Alzheimer and helpful in ADHD
Probably you knew that exercise boosts brainpower, what is new is that this kind of approach helps to stave off Alzheimer’s in the elderly, says a study conducted by Charles Hillman back in 2007.
Another study made the same year by Dr. Phil Tomporowski showed that kids are even more positively impacted by time on the bike—and that exercise can help control issues like ADHD.
2. The injuries recover better
A recent study found that elderly patients with knee pain and osteoarthritis actually improved their condition when cycling was introduced to their routines, proving that as we get older, taking time to exercise—even just spinning a few minutes a day—can be hugely beneficial.
- A more deeply sleep
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked sedentary insomnia sufferers to cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day.
The time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was reduced by half, and sleep time increased by almost an hour.
- NO to Botox!
That’s not a joke, actually. you'll really look younger.
At least this is what found the scientists at Stanford University. They say that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while ﬂushing harmful toxins out.
Exercise also creates an ideal environment within the body to optimize collagen production, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles and speed up the healing process. How cool is that?!
But don’t forget to apply a UV protection with minimum 30 factor when you ride!
- A super powerful immune system
It’s been proved that cycling beats the illness. Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they’re ready to ﬁght off infection.
- Improves your romantic life! Start now!
You heard it well! Being more physically active improves your vascular health, which has the knock-on effect of boosting your sex drive, according to health experts in the US.
One study from Cornell University also concluded that male athletes have the sexual prowess of men two to ﬁve years younger, with physically ﬁt females delaying the menopause by a similar amount of time.
Meanwhile, research carried out at Harvard University found that men aged over 50 who cycle for at least three hours a week have a 30 percent lower risk of impotence than those who do little exercise.
- Improves mental well-being
There are so many ways that exercise can boost your mood: there’s the basic release of adrenalin and endorphins, and the improved confidence that comes from achieving new things (such as completing a sportive or getting closer to that goal).
A study by the YMCA showed that people who had a physically active lifestyle had a wellbeing score 32 per cent higher than inactive individuals.
That’s no surprise that people suffering from depression find in cycling a great relief and the amelioration of symptoms.
- Slimmer, happier
Cycling burns calories: between 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on intensity and rider weight.
This means a great deal thinking that a women should eat 1500 calories/ day and a man 2500. Only with cycling you can lose 1 kg/ week.
- Cuts heart disease and cancer risk
New evidence was presented in the form of a study conducted by the University of Glasgow, earlier this year.
Researchers studied over 260,000 individuals over the course of five years – and found that cycling to work can cut a riders risk of developing heart disease or cancer in half. Cycling raises your heart rate and gets the blood pumping round your body, and it burns calories, limiting the chance of your being overweight.
As a result, it’s among a selection of forms of exercise recommended by the NHS as being healthy ways to cut your risk of developing major illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
- Builds bone
Resistance activities, such as pushing pedals, pull on the muscles, and then the muscles pull on the bone, which increases bone density," says Dr. Safran-Norton.