Why you need to bike and health benefits of biking
Sports Benefits: Mission Biking
We have talked about sports before and we will talk about them more in the future. I plan to divide the topics into several as every sport has its own charismatic appearance and it deserves respect. Today the focus is on biking and the benefits that we can get from it as it’s truly an amazing win-win for us and for the environment. How much more can you get?
We live in a sedentary world where we spend most of our days sitting down and staring at something. It could be our work monitor, a TV, through our car window or even a book. Standing still for too long can be the cause of numerous negative consequences. So what can we do to change that?
Walking and Biking. Since we are focusing on biking today, we shall explore that option.
Most modern cities have been expanding the idea of bike lanes having more and more people riding their bikes. It was modern years ago with cities like Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and many more set the standard high. Next, to the health benefits, transportation is probably the biggest one that we have. You can get from point A to point B easily when you are on a bike and if your city is overloaded with cars (as most are), it can be faster too.
Benefits of Biking
Having transportation mentioned before, using your bike receives positive feedback from Mother Nature. Greenpeace will thank you personally if you do it for 30 days straight (perhaps). No, seriously – think about how much gas you can save from your car when you ride instead of drive! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as other benefits include the following:
- Losing weight – it has been known as a great cardio exercise for years. You literally burn calories as you transport your body from point A to point B.
- Increasing cardiovascular health – continuing from benefit 1.
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Controls diabetes – biking 30 minutes a day reduces the risk of over 40%.
- Lowers the risk of Cancer (especially breast cancer)
- Boosts bowel movement
- Strengthens the bones and the muscle tone
- Builds body strength (with the focus on the legs)
- Improves joint mobility
- Reduces Stress
- Increases Brain Power by improving the memory and building new cells
Personal Opinion and Conclusion
I have to be completely honest. As I write these letters that somehow connect into words, I feel like a hypocrite. I am using the same article that I am writing to motivate myself to get the damn bike from the damn basement and ride more, instead of using the comfort of an engine-powered vehicle. Yes, I know that it’s a great way of transportation. Yes, I do know that I will save on gas and will help Mother Earth. And even though the bike lanes in my city are not the best (oh, Valencia…) and that most drivers are maniacs, those are a BS of an excuse.
People of all ages can bike. It doesn’t require a huge investment unless you are a professional and you need the best of the best. You can do it almost everywhere and maybe just the weather could be a good excuse. And yet, I find myself struggling when it comes down to it and I don’t do it as often as I like.
So, here I stand (sit) while I write this and pledge allegiance to my bike – you shall not be overlooked anymore! You and I will become partners again and we will help each other feel better. You will not be ignored and you won’t feel ashamed in front of your bike buddies that you live your life in a basement. The same goes to all 3 of you that read my articles, the challenge has been given! Please support our cause, get your bike (or buy one) and attack the streets!