As mentioned in our last installment, riding a bicycle every day has some amazing health benefits. It can relieve your anxiety and depression, it improves your quality of sleep, it can prevent cancer, and it helps speed up recovery time for many injuries. That's not the only way your health benefits from regular cycling. Here are four more ways your cartridge bottom bracket, chainring bolts, toe clips, and entire bicycle can do wonders for your health.
Improves heart health
Cycling is a great cardiovascular activity, making your heart stronger and healthier. Cycling also makes your skeletal muscles more sensitive to insulin, giving you better control over your blood sugar levels. According to the British Medical Association, cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
When you're cycling, you experience some resistance from the bike itself, as well as from the surface you're cycling on. According to a 2017 study, biking to work can burn as much fat as spending 40 minutes at the gym five times a week.
Boots immune system
Dr. David Nieman and colleagues conducted a study at Appalachian State University of over 1,000 adults up to the age of 85. In the study, they found that regular cycling had huge benefits for the upper respiratory system. In fact, people can reduce their sick days by about 40% by cycling most days of the week. Other experts also attest to the fact that regular exercise can boost the immune system by increasing the production of essential proteins and waking up white blood cells.
As stated previously, the resistance you experience while cycling helps you burn fat. That resistance element also helps you build muscle. This is especially true for your hamstrings, glutes, calves, and quads. Muscle is leaner than fat, and people with higher percentages of muscle burn more calories and build stronger muscles.
These health benefits are undeniable, and they're inspiring as well. If you're ready to start the cycling life, you've come to the right place. Check out our inventory for custom bicycles, cartridge bottom brackets, bike stems, and more. You can build your dream bike and start your new journey to a healthy lifestyle today.