For most, the thought of bike riding every day might seem like an unattainable dream. Clocking serious mileage on a daily basis does require commitment, but daily outdoor biking itself is not only very feasible, but it can also positively affect your life.
If you’re not ready to commit to riding every day for forever, try completing a short-term ride streak first—it’s easier to start a habit by chipping away at smaller goals. That way, you might prove to yourself what’s possible.
You've probably heard about practicality, good for the planet, increase in family bond, and others as outdoor biking's benefits. And with the economic crisis we are facing now, there is a need for us to come up of ways by which we can find alternative means. With the high price of gas nowadays, commuting people are turning now to biking as the wisest alternative means of going to and fro their work places and schools.
But there's more to that! Outdoor biking can also give you tons of health benefits you may have not realized. Below is the sum up of those health benefits that can convince you why this activity can be your new life-changing habit!
1. Reduces the chance of having a heart attack and stroke
Studies from Purdue University in the US have shown that regular cycling can cut your risk of heart disease by 50 per cent. And according to the British Heart Foundation, around 10,000 fatal heart attacks could be avoided each year if people kept themselves more fit. Cycling just 20 miles a week reduces your risk of heart disease to less than half that of those who take no exercise, it says.
Regular outdoor biking can also help in reducing blood pressure, therefore reducing also the chance of having stroke. Pressure from our work, family, and finances-these are putting the unnecessary stress, tension, and the anxiety. When you want to stay calm, try getting it from the uniform movement that biking produces. Imagine the wonderful and soothing effect that the wind and the sun can do to you.
2. Prevents other diseases such as cancer and diabetes
According to Dr. Lynn Cherkas of King's College London, “Those who exercise regularly are at significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, all types of cancer, high blood pressure and obesity. The body becomes much more efficient at defending itself and regenerating new cells.”
3. Helps for weight loss
One of the obvious and practical benefits of this particular outdoor exercise is weight loss. Outdoor biking will not only help you in burning calories, but it will also boost and sustain your metabolism--these in turn make weight loss more effective and quicker.
4. Improves balance, posture, and coordination
As you stabilize your body and keep your bike upright, you’ll improve your overall balance, coordination, and posture. Balance tends to decline with age and inactivity, so it’s vital to keep on top of it.
Improved balance is beneficial in the prevention of falls and fractures, which can leave you on the sidelines while you take time off from exercise to recover.
5. Enhances vitamin D absorption
The sun is great during the summer, but then you have to balance its benefits against the possible risk of burns and elevated long-term risk of skin cancer. One of the ideal middle grounds for sun exposure that would give you enough vitamin D without significantly raising your risk of burns and cancer is outdoor biking.
If you find it boring to just lay under the sun, biking can be a great option as you keep cool while riding the bike while at the same time enjoy different views. Just don't do it with the sun on it's highest in the day.
After knowing all these health benefits, you might probably still hesitate to try outdoor biking because you will have to do it alone. As much as biking can be a solitary activity, it can also be a very social one. There are now many groups and clubs that are usually happy when there are new members joining. This can make biking more enjoyable-when you are doing it with other people.