Top 5 Benefits of Riding Your Bike

Top 5 Benefits of Biking
Get on your bike for better health

Get on your bike for better health!

Invented in 1817 by Baron Van Drais, the bicycle has morphed in and out of many designs right up to today’s high tech, lightweight, almost space age advancement. Take a look at these top 5 benefits of biking and use all or one to get you rolling.

1. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
With fossil fuels choking the environment it is no wonder that biking is one of the best alternatives to driving. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a car that travels approximately 12,500 miles per year will generate an incredible 11,450 pounds of carbon monoxide. That is almost one pound per mile. By riding to work just one day per week you can decrease your carbon footprint by approximately 20% per year. Imagine if you bike to your job more than one day per week?

2. Body and Brain
Biking can considerably boost your health. The British United Provident Association reports that biking for fifteen minutes, five times per week can burn approximately eleven pounds of fat per year. Another study by The British Medical Association suggests that twenty miles of biking per week can reduce the threat of heart disease by 50%. In addition, there are many correlations between depression and inactivity. If you are struggling with this condition, either temporarily or chronically, there is a good chance to increase your energy and decrease your symptoms by riding a bike.

3. The Bedroom Enhancer
Why not bike for better bedroom performance. Cornell University reports that athletic activity such as running or biking can improve sexual libido in men as if they were two to five years younger. In pre-menopausal women, a vigorous bike ride several times per week may be able to stave off symptoms when hormonal changes begin to occur. Also, Harvard University found that men, fifty years or older, could reduce their chance of impotence by 30% if they commit to riding a bicycle three hours or more per week.

4. Career Efficiency
With biking being the perfect physical activity it is no wonder that statistics show an improvement in overall work performance as well as more efficient interpersonal communication in the workplace. The University of Bristol studied 200 people who exercised before or during work (on their lunch break) and found that it “boosted their motivation and ability to deal with stress”.

5. Connection
Biking is the perfect way to connect with friends and family. It is an activity that almost any age can participate in without the use of electronics or media entertainment. It allows you to connect to your fellow bikers whether on a leisurely ride or involved in a competitive team race.

These top 5 benefits of biking are a handful of the many advantages of getting on two wheels and pedaling around. It gets your blood flowing, your synapses firing and takes you from here to there without spewing extra toxic fumes into the environment. Figure out how you can incorporate more biking into your life and enjoy all it has to offer.

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