Learn how cycling contributes to your physical, emotional and mental health.
Riding a bike is a practice that many people consider fun, however, not everyone knows the great benefits that doing it regularly brings to our lives. Therefore, today we tell you how it helps your physical, emotional and mental health; so go planning your route, because when you finish you will not lack the desire to pedal.
Did you know that riding a bike frequently reduces the risk of having a heart attack? This is because, when rolling, the heart rate increases and the blood pressure decreases, that is, the heart works better.
On the other hand, we also strengthen our back, since the firm posture and with a slight inclination towards the handlebars tense the muscles of the lower back, thus stabilizing the trunk and protecting the spine. In addition, with recurring practice, your body posture will also improve, even reducing back pain caused by a sedentary lifestyle. And as if this were not enough, remember that when you roll you tone your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves; you also exercise your arms and strengthen your knees.
Mind awake and stress free
By riding a bicycle we facilitate the oxygenation of the brain, which makes us think more clearly; In turn, our body releases neurotransmitters such as dopamine, responsible for the sensation of pleasure, and serotonin, which helps combat stress and anxiety.
And there is more! From a molecular point of view, there is a protein in our brain that turns your bike ride into well-being for your mind: it is the brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which stimulates the production of new brain cells and strengthens existing ones, which translates in better learning, good memory and even slower aging.
Our mood can also benefit, because when we ride we generate endorphins, that substance that is essential for our emotional well-being. Just get on the bike and start moving forward to feel its relaxing and fun effect, you’ll feel in a better mood in no time. And if we turn cycling into a daily habit, it can have antidepressant and anxiolytic effects. It benefits us so much emotionally that it can serve as therapy, as it takes us out of the routine and even helps us to relate to other people. So we can say that feelings like sadness, anger or frustration are not compatible with riding a bike.
As you can see, the bicycle undoubtedly gives us a healthier lifestyle. We hope that these benefits encourage you to go out on ECOBICI more regularly, and if you already do, share this information with that person who still does not dare to keep up with you.