Exercise is important, but it is a big challenge for people who have mobility issues or joint problems. Biking, however, is low-impact activity and provides a great exercise opportunity—even for people who may not be able to walk or run. Try revisiting biking this May in honor of National Bike Month.
Biking can boost fat burning and prevent weight gain. It can help reduce the risk for different forms of illness. In addition, biking can bring the following health advantages:
- Steady and sustainable fat loss – Biking is not a quick fix, but it can help you shed pounds at a steady and sustainable pace. Riding a bike kicks your lipoprotein lipase into high gear and keeps it elevated for many hours after you stop biking. This can help rev up your metabolism.
- Better heart health – Biking is a cardiovascular activity. It makes your heart stronger and healthier. The skeletal muscles become more insulin-sensitive when you ride your bike, allowing you to better control your blood sugar levels.
- Healthier brain – Biking is a form of exercise that stimulates the brain’s neuron-building. Biking is one of the exercises that raises your heart rate, which dramatically boosts the production of nitric oxide. Elevated nitric oxide candilate the blood vessels and stimulate the neutrophins(proteins) that promote stem cell division and the formation of new brain cells.
- Better rest – Your body and brain undergo a healing and rebuilding process while you sleep. When you lack sleep, your hormone levels get out of sync. This causes you to overeat and gain weight. Aerobic exercises, such as biking, provide quality sleep to people who find it difficult to get adequate rest. Studies have shown that people who suffer from sedentary insomnia are able to sleep better after exercising.
Aside from physical benefits, biking provides plenty of mental benefits. Life tends to look better after we have cleared our head through daily exercise. Exercises can also stir up a lot of “happy hormones” (endorphins, serotonin, etc.) to elevate our mood.