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The Health Benefits of Riding a Bike

The Health Benefits of Riding a Bike

Aside from being convenient, affordable, and environmentally friendly, bicycling also has various health benefits. For instance, bicycling, like many physical activities, has a significant impact on your mental wellbeing. Individuals with a physically active lifestyle tend to have better mental health than those who are more sedentary. Exercise releases adrenalin and endorphins, which contribute to better mental health but also can improve confidence by trying new things. Bicycling allows you to either ride solo, giving you time alone, or interact with new people by cycling with a group.

Bicycling has other health benefits, as well. It burns calories, which can aid in weight loss. Cycling also builds muscle, which is leaner than fat. People with a higher percentage of muscle burn more calories when they are not actively exercising. Cycling also can result in better lung health and a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. According to one study, cyclists can cut their risk of heart disease or cancer by as much as one-half.

Cyclists have lower rates of injuries than runners because unlike running, bicycling is not weight-bearing. Overuse injuries are far fewer for bicyclists than for runners. However, cyclists should add some strength training to their exercise routines, as cycling does not increase bone density as much as some other forms of exercise.

Cycling can help with the duration and quality of sleep. For instance, bicycling prevents weight gain, which can lead to disruptions in sleep. Increases in cardiorespiratory fitness also can improve sleep.

During cycling, riders have increased blood flow to their brains, which improves brain health. This blood flow remains for a period even after individuals have stopped riding. Increased blood flow and reduction in cognitive declines can help stave off dementia later in life. Furthermore, cycling improves your ability to handle your body weight as you ride and allows you to develop spatial awareness. Exercise, in general, also has a positive impact on the upper respiratory system, which boosts the immune system.

Bonnici Law Group has the experience and knowledge that you need when you are seeking compensation following injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. We know how to help you create and maintain a strong claim for compensation based on the evidence and obtain the best outcome possible in your case. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 or help@bonnicilawgroup.com.

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