Being healthy and staying healthy is a matter of constant work and commitment to your health maintenance. Fitness of the body is closely related to its health, and these two have gone hand in hand for as long as we can remember.
In recent years we’ve witnessed an explosion of health and fitness tutorials, dietary plans, false advertisements on how to lose so and so lbs in as many weeks, etc. The pressure to look good is now more evident than ever with celebrities and their personal trainers as role models. And honestly – there is nothing wrong with being fit, if anything – we encourage it – but unless you choose the right way to do it, say goodbye to your health.
This tutorial will place accent on one particular exercise and its benefits, that being cycling. Hopefully you’ll get an insight into benefits of working out and eating healthy, with some great tips on how stay strong and endure with your mission.
Some of our favourite cycling benefits are listed below:
It boosts your bowels
Apart from tightening your legs, benefits of cycling extend deep into your core. Truth is, with all physical activity not just cycling, the body responds better to food moving through the large intestine, speeding up the process. The more you workout, the amount of water absorbed back into your body is getting limited, “leaving you with softer stools, which are easier to pass,”explains Harley Street gastroenterologist Dr Ana Raimundo.
On top of that, “as well as preventing you from feeling bloated, aerobic exercise helps protect you against bowel cancer,” says Dr Raimundo.
It increases your brain power
The research shows that an improvement of up to 15 percent in mental health is achieved by only five percent improvement in cardio-respiratory ﬁtness from cycling! Amazing, right? While cycling, your brain cells are regenerated and new cells built in the hippocampus. This is the region that’s responsible for memory.
Exercising, cycling in particular, helps ward off Alzheimer’s as the blood flow and oxygen to the brain is boosted and receptors get regenerated.
It improves sleep
As research done at Stanford University School of Medicine shows, cycling has helped insomniacs reduce the time they normally take to fall asleep by half, and their sleep time was increased by almost an hour.
Further, if you are cycling outside, you are exposed to daylight which helps get your circadian rhythm back in sync. Additionally, when spending time outside your body gets rid of cortisol which is a stress hormone that can prevent deep, regenerative sleep.
It helps you look younger
“Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while ﬂushing harmful toxins out”, explains Dr Christopher Rowland Payne. Also, while exercising, your body is optimizing collagen production. In the long run, collagen production will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and speed up the healing process.
It beats illness
Believe it or not, regular exercising will keep you healthy as an ox! In fact, even when you are down with something, going to the gym and cycling it off is the medicine you need! Working out helps sweat out all the viruses and fight off nasty new ones – so, you know what to do to stay healthy! Oh and – if you prefer cycling outside to the one at the gym, just make sure all of the bicycle parts are properly wired.
It will help improve your sex life, fight off impotence and delay menopause
Being physically active is one of the key ingredients to your vascular health. Vascular health means healthy sex drive, and graces you with sexual prowess of men two to five years younger. In females who workout the menopause is delayed by a similar amount of time.
As per Harvard University research, “men aged over 50 who cycle for at least three hours a week have a 30 percent lower risk of impotence than those who do little exercise.”
Regular cycling and keeping yourself on a healthy diet can cut so many of the usual health risk to half. Cycling for just 20 miles a week may significantly influence your health, fitness and overall state of your mind and body – all it takes is to decide you’ll start working out and stay committed to it. Good luck!
This article has been contributed by Diana Smith