To cope with the anxiety of the lockdowns brought about by this pandemic, people have tried various ways to cope–some turned to cooking and baking, some found a new love for plants, and others finally made good on their promise to live a healthier life.
And one of those ways is through biking. Now that the streets are less crowded, people have chosen to bike to the office or when going for groceries. It not only lessens the risk of contact with other people, it also helped them lose weight and be healthier.
If you are looking for a great gift to give you loved ones this Christmas season, getting them a bike is more than just thoughtful–it also shows that you really care for them.
Here are just some of the benefits of biking. (SOURCE)
1. Biking can improve your mental well-being
A study by the YMCA showed that people who had a physically active lifestyle had a wellbeing score 32 per cent higher than inactive individuals.
Biking combines physical exercise with being outdoors and exploring new views. You can ride solo – giving you time to process worries or concerns, or you can ride with a group which broadens your social circle.
2. Biking can strengthen your immune system
The Appalachian State University studied 1000 adults up to the age of 85. They found that exercise had huge benefits on the health of the upper respiratory system – thus reducing instances of the common cold.
The study said: “People can knock down sick days by about 40 percent by exercising aerobically on most days of the week while at the same time receiving many other exercise-related health benefits.”
And during this pandemic boosting your immune system is the best thing we all should do.
3. Biking promotes weight loss
Biking burns calories: between 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on intensity and rider weight.
Of course, there are other factors: the make-up of the calories you consume affects the frequency of your refuelling, as does the quality of your sleep and of course the amount of time you spend burning calories will be influenced by how much you enjoy your chosen activity.
Assuming you enjoy biking, you’ll be burning calories. And if you eat well, you should lose weight.
4. It can reduce heart disease and cancer risk
Biking raises your heart rate and gets the blood pumping round your body, and it burns calories, limiting the chance of your being overweight. As a result, it’s among a selection of forms of exercise recommended by the NHS as being healthy ways to cut your risk of developing major illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
New evidence was presented in the form of a study conducted by the University of Glasgow, earlier this year. Researchers studied over 260,000 individuals over the course of five years – and found that biking to work can cut a riders risk of developing heart disease or cancer in half.
5. Bikers sleep better
It probably isn’t rocket science that tiring yourself out on the bike will improve your sleep – but now it’s been proven. Researchers at the University of Georgia studied men and women aged 20 to 85 over a period of 35 years, and found that a drop in fitness of 2 per cent for men and 4 per cent for women resulted in sleep problems.
Exercise also protects against weight gain with age, which is another cause of sleep dysfunction.
6. Biking boosts your brain power
Exercise has been repeatedly linked to brain health – and the reduction of cognitive changes that can leave us vulnerable to dementia later in life.
A 2013 study found that during exercise, cyclists’ blood flow in the brain rose by 28 per cent, and up to 70 per cent in specific areas. Not only that, but after exercise, in some areas blood flow remained up by 40 per cent even after exercise.
Improved blood flow is good because the red stuff delivers all sorts of goodies that keep us healthy – and the study concluded that we should cycle for 45-60 minutes, at 75-85 per cent of max ‘hear rate reserve’ (max heart rate minus resting heart rate) four times a week. Nothing stopping you riding more, of course.
7. Grow your social circle through biking
Biking is an incredibly sociable sport. Grassroots biking revolves around biking club culture – which in turn revolves around the Saturday or Sunday club run: several hours of riding at an intensity that enables easy chat, interrupted only by a cafe stop (or the occasional puncture).
Joining a biking club or group is an excellent way to grow your social circle, and if you’re new to riding – you’ll probably find all the maintenance and training advice you may have been looking for there, too.
Now why just get an ordinary bike, when you can get a BETTER BIKE!
From the same crisis came a passion to help, and a bicycle brand dedicated to the democratization of mobility for Filipinos during these challenging times: Better Bike.
Better Bike encapsulates the perfect balance of purpose and beauty. It is the brand’s mission to empower the resilience and move-forward attitude that Filipinos are known for. It is a business with a heart for Filipinos who strive to work for their families, no matter what. Tuluy-tuloy ang padyak — onward, forward, and upward.
The affordability of their product offerings is proof of Better Bike’s advocacy to present “wheels to live” to people with the will to succeed. Hence, they offer low-priced but high-quality modern bikes, for every person who strives to make a living.
One look at a bicycle from Better Bike and you’ll see that style does not have to be expensive. The bikes are done in a range of beautiful finishes, from light to dark, striking to neutral. No matter what your aesthetic is, there will surely be a Better Bike for you.
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