Cycling is beneficial for overall fitness and good health.
Biking is now increasing in popularity as an inexpensive and environmentally friendly form of transportation and is one of the best calorie-burning exercises available. You’ll get the same or similar benefits from either a stationary or conventional bicycle, so it all depends on what fits your lifestyle best.
Weight control. With obesity reaching epidemic proportions in the United States, weight control takes on a greater importance than it has ever before. One of the top benefits of cycling is that it allows you to burn a lot of fat in a relatively short amount of time, and it takes the majority of your body weight off of your major joints in order to do it. The knees and hips are the joints most important for movement and also are the most prone to osteoarthritis and other joint issues. If you’re overweight, even losing a small amount of weight can drastically decrease the amount of stress applied to the joints in your lower body.
Improved mental health. In a study on the influence exercise has on mental health, Dr. Daniel Landers of Arizona State University states, “[Research suggests] there is now ample evidence that a definite relationship exists between exercise and improved mental health. This is particularly evident in the case of a reduction of anxiety and depression.” Aerobic exercises such as biking also improve oxygen flow to the brain (improving focus and cognitive function), as well as help you feel relaxed to get sound sleep. Biking outdoors is especially beneficial if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, but be sure to wear sunscreen and proper clothing to protect against excessive sun exposure.
Overall fitness. The benefits of cycling include increased muscle tone, especially in the legs, abdominal muscles and glutes. These muscles are also largely responsible for your balance, so that improvement can help prevent injuries from falls as well. Overall, cycling is one of the most beneficial exercises for your general wellness.