5 Health Benefits of Cycling

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Cycling is a low-impact exercise and a great way to stay can help have a healthy physical and mental lifestyle. Cycling is environment-friendly. It is also suitable for all age groups as it can be easily varied in intensity. I will tell you some ways how cycling can help improve your fitness level and well-being.

1. Boosts Brain Power

Cycling improves blood flow in the brain. If there is good blood flow it means that all the necessary nutrients reach our brain and help it function properly. In 2013 a study found that during cycling, blood flow in the brain of cyclists rose by as much as 28%. The study also said that after cycling, the increased blood flow continues even after exercise.

2. Strengthens Leg Muscles

Cycling is a low-intensity workout for the leg muscles. Pedaling helps in building up muscles in your quads , glutes,  hamstrings and calves.

3. Improves Sleep 

A study by University of Georgia discovered a strong correlation between the decrease in fitness levels and the inability to fall asleep and other general sleep complaints. The exhaustion, soreness and tiredness after a cycling ride helps people sleep better and quickly. 

4. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Cycling raises your heart rate and gets the blood pumping throughout your body. This is a very good way of protecting the body from major illnesses including heart disease. Researchers at the  University of Glasgow studied more than 2,60,000 individuals for five years. They found that cycling to work can cut the risk of developing heart disease by half. 

5. Improves Immunity 

A study by the University of North Carolina found that working individuals who cycle for 30 minutes for five days a week take about half as many sick leaves as compared to others.

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