The number of events, promotional and competitive, linked to cycling have exploded over the last few years. For example, the Défi Pierre Lavoie, a 1000 km-long event is not for beginners or weekend cyclists.
But you don’t need to be a performance athlete to reap the many health-related benefits of cycling. Cycling is a great way to exercise the lower body; calves, thighs, quadriceps. But the benefits of cycling go far beyond just working a few muscles. In fact, this sport has proven to have positive effects on the brain, on your mood and even can improve your social life. An authentic and natural remedy! Listed below are a few benefits:
Good for the heart
Cycling on a regular basis improves cardiac health. It’s an excellent exercise that helps increase cardiovascular capacity, thus helping to protect from heart disease. But be careful not to overdo it! A cholesterol level test is essential to prevent unpleasant surprises.
Good for maintaining or losing weight
Pedalling makes it possible to control your weight long-term. For example, cycling at a moderate speed (20 km/h) for one hour is equivalent to burning about 450 calories. Regular cycling also minimizes the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Great for joints
Being a non-weight-bearing exercise, cycling is a great choice for people with joint pain or injuries. Along with swimming, it’s the gentlest form of a sport for the musculoskeletal system.
Great for your social life
A group cycling excursion is an excellent way to strengthen bonds, either with family, loved ones or friends. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and maybe even find love!
Good for your overall mood
Along a trail or on the road, cycling is an excellent way to reduce stress, forget your worries and improve your overall sense of well being. The endorphins released are powerful antidepressants and also help with sleep.