Cycling is a sport of physical activity having a misinterpreted image. Cycling is considered to be a kid's sport when in reality it’s much more than that. Staying fit in today’s fast-paced life has become a challenge. With busier lives, workloads and the pandemic going on finding time to visit the gym becomes a task. Cycling can be used as an alternative to staying fit in these busy times. Especially in a time like now, cycling should be done by everyone because of all the positive aspects that come with it. Cycling helps you in achieving your fitness goals while also serving as a challenge to push your limits to the farthest possible.
Why Should You Cycle Every Day?
Cycling every day Sounds like a challenge, doesn’t it? Well not to worry. We will help you out with this challenge and make sure you end up as a regular cyclist but first, let us see why is cycling so beneficial as an activity.
Positive Aspects Of Cycling:
As mentioned before, cycling isn’t just a thing for kids who like to play, instead, cycling possesses a lot of benefits especially for adults. It might seem like a big task or a challenge for you but every minute you spend cycling is worth it. (Garrard, J., Rissel, C. and Bauman, A., 2012)
1. Better Physical Fitness.
It’s not a big secret that cycling helps you in staying fit and having better physical health. Cycling is a vigorous activity involving all your core muscles that leads to an increased heart and further leads to a better flow of blood in the body.
Cycling also helps you in maintaining a lean body as being a cardiovascular activity helps a lot with the shedding of unwanted fats. Since cycling involves the use of all your core muscles, cycling helps you in keeping your joints healthy in the long run while also strengthening your core muscles. Another positive factor of cycling is that it improves the posture of your body and the coordination of your muscles as well.
2. Better Immune System.
It is now proven by science that cycling helps you in fighting off several medical conditions and having a better immune system. A study found that cycling can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Especially the side effects of breast cancer treatment can be reduced with the help of cycling.
3. Better Mental Health.
A 30-minute session of cycling can make your brain release chemicals like dopamine and other endorphins. These endorphins stimulate your mood and in turn help you to be in a better mental state.
Yes! Cycling is very beneficial for your health but you might be wondering “are the efforts worth it?”, “how do I find the time to do so?” and “it’s too much effort and a big task for you”. Well, we will help you out in making this task interesting and worthy for you.
Your Cheat Sheet To Start Cycling:
- start by giving yourself a small challenge every morning. Try waking up earlier than usual and go on a ride for at least 10-15 minutes. Cycling in the morning can lead you to make better decisions and have a better mood throughout the day.
- ask your friends to join you. If you have a group of friends who cycle every day it will motivate you to go cycling daily.
- Try new routes every day when riding. Exploring new places while riding a bike gives a sense of satisfaction and makes you want to do it every day.
- Increase the time of your rides gradually.
- Keep a track of your rides. Google fitness has features that track your performance during a ride. it gives you statistics related to the distance covered, time taken, calories burned, etc. seeing improved results will make you want to continue it.
- Try to commute via bicycle if you can. If you have to run a few errands, try to use your bicycle to go there instead of your car or bike.
Do these things on a regular basis and you will start seeing results in your physical health while also becoming a regular at cycling.
Take Up These Challenges:
Cycling is already a fun-filled activity in itself. Everyone should add cycling as a part of their routine as its gives a great physical activity and healthy lifestyle. We have curated a few challenges to make your cycling rides more exciting and entertaining for you. Try them out yourself!
1. Ride The Toughest Of Mountains.
Go on a bicycle ride on the tallest mountain near you. The uphill ride might be a challenge for you but once you accomplish the feat, it will be an unforgettable ride for you. The downhill ride is also a very fun-filled one.
2. Enter A Race.
If you are a regular at cycling, you can enter yourself in small cycling races. Winning or losing here doesn’t matter but the feeling of competitiveness you will get will make your ride more exciting.
3. Hit 100 Miles
Try going for a ride of a hundred miles. It Is a tough task to achieve but it's worth every effort. Milestone challenges like these would help you push your limits and achieve your goals better. If you finish this challenge, try increasing the miles.
4. Go On A Bicycle Trip.
Road trips via car and bike have become mainstream now. Try something new this time go on a short trip to a nearby hill station or a getaway place for a trip on your bicycle. The journey will help you make good memories while also serving as a good challenge for you.
5. Explore Different Cities Via Cycle.
If you plan on visiting a different country or state for a vacation, don’t explore the place via a car or bike instead pedal your way throughout the cities. This is a fun and healthy way to explore a new place.
Also, you can always create your own challenges to make your bike rides more exciting.
Cycling is an activity-filled with vigorous use of muscle, strength, and endurance. It may seem like too much effort but with the positive effects that it holds, every effort put in is worth it. Also, since the world is coming back to normal, cycling seems to be the best activity everyone should take up to break their ‘cycle’ of lazy routine. (Oja, P., Titze, S., Bauman, A., De Geus, B., Krenn, P., Reger‐Nash, B. and Kohlberger, T., 2011)