BY Varuni Trivedi
Staying indoors as the World faces the perils of a seemingly neverending pandemic can seem like a monotonous task. Cycling, which can be considered the most healthy and rejuvenating workout has been paused worldwide owing to the lockdown. This World Bicycle Day, as India prepares for Unlock 1.0 cycle enthusiasts see a ray of hope as their favorite workout can finally be done in open spaces amidst nature.
However, as the new normal of the world changes and social distancing slowing becomes a thumb rule of the society people are afraid to use public transport. In this scenario commuting becomes a matter of concern for many, cycling in this situation provides a window of opportunities for recreational as well as the everyday commute. Not only is cycling an eco-friendly way of travel but it also ensures social distancing and good body exercise every day
Today, as we celebrate World Bicycle Day here are some major benefits of cycling
Ensure Weight Loss and good physique
Cycling is a cardio exercise that can help you burn calories in a very healthy and toned manner. It increases your body’s metabolic rate thus burning fat actively. According to experts, one hour of high-intensity cycling can help you burn approximately 1000 calories. Cycling helps work on those muscle areas that are difficult to tone and take a long time to burn fat. You get the physique of your dreams without the heavy gym fees when you combine cycling with a balanced diet. Cycling is an aerobic exercise that also helps you build muscles.
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Cycling undoubtedly increases blood circulation thus stimulating your heart and improving its functioning. Regular cycling has proved to be a great way of keeping blood pressure issues at bay. It also reduces the risk of developing a heart attack or stroke as it works by strengthening your heart muscles.
Reduces Risk of Diabetes, Bone Injury, And Arthritis
Diabetes is a very common problem even in youngsters nowadays and one of the major reasons behind diabetes is lack of physical activity. Regular cycling helps reduce fat in the blood thus reducing the risk of developing insulin resistance. Cycling effectively works on bones and muscles and improves your balance, strength, and coordination. Increased body balance and muscle coordination lead to avoiding fractures and unnecessary falls. A study published in the Journal of Rheumatology says that cycling can reduce joint pain and enhance the quality of your life.
Cycling is an eco-friendly cost-effective way of travel
Just imagine the money you can save if you avoid spending on travel. Cycling as a way to commute daily can not only help you save money but also save the planet. Those long traffic jams can also be easily avoided if yous tick to cycling for commuting. Cycling is a great win-win for you and the planet.
This World Cycle Day, acknowledge the importance of cycling in building your health, saving money as well as saving the planet by doing your bit for the cause.