It is common knowledge that cycling has a lot more benefits than driving an ordinary car.
Read on to find out why cycling is much better than driving.
You’ll Get There Faster
It is proven that if you use the bike in big cities, you’ll reach your destination in half the time it takes by a car.
An early morning ride might tire you out in the short term, but it’ll help you go to sleep when you get back to your pillow. Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked those suffering from sedentary insomnia to cycle for 30 minutes every other day. The result of the research has shown that the time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was reduced by half, and sleep time increased by almost an hour.
Boost Your Bowels
According to experts from Bristol University, the beneﬁts of cycling extend deep into your core. Physical activity helps decrease the time it takes the food to move through the large intestine.It also limits the amount of water absorbed back into your body and leavs you with softer stools, which are easier to pass. Aerobic exercise accelerates your breathing and heart rate, which helps stimulate the contraction of intestinal muscles.
Increase Your Brain Power
Get pedaling if you need your grey matter to sparkle. Researchers from Illinois University found that a ﬁve percent improvement in cardio-respiratory ﬁtness from cycling led to an improvement of up to 15% in mental tests. That’s because cycling helps build new brain cells in the region responsible for memory. This region starts to deteriorate from the age of 30.
Not apples, but riding’s the way to keep the doctor away. Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they’re ready to ﬁght off infection. In fact, according to research from the University of North Carolina, people who cycle for 30 minutes, ﬁve days a week take half as many sick days as couch potatoes.
King’s College London compared over two thousand identical twins and found that those who did just three 45-minute rides a week were nine years younger (biologically speaking) even after discounting other inﬂuences, such as body mass index (BMI) and smoking. The body becomes much more efﬁcient at defending itself and regenerating new cells.