When was the last time you had your legs on a cycle pedal? If your answer is today then this article will let you know the benefits you gained during your ride. But if your answer is some long years ago, then this article can help you to understand the benefits you can gain by riding a bicycle. I’m not talking about going on a weekend cycle rides but riding it every day while going to work or college. Don’t think riding a bicycle is for school kids. Not at all. Though it seems outdated in today’s busy life, riding a bicycle daily can keep you ahead in the so-called “Life Race.”

Commuting on a bicycle can benefit your health, your bank account and the environment.

1. Health

“Health is the greatest gift”, said Buddha. Of course, it is the greatest blessing one can be bestowed. But we all realize it only when we fall sick and forget it as soon as we are healthy again. Cycling is a physical exercise and when we do it daily as a routine, it will build or body, lose weight, and keep us healthy. Following are the health benefits of cycling daily. I repeat, daily at least for 20 minutes.

  • Cycling boosts heart health and muscle strength
  • Lower your risk of diabetes and cancer
  • Improves your mental health
  • Boost your brainpower
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Better lung health
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Improve your sex life
  • It helps you sleep better

2. Money

When people ask, “You don’t have a car or a bike?” don’t take that bad. What they are really asking is, “You don’t spend money on petrol, maintenance and parking?” And you can proudly say, “Yes, I Don’t.”

You can save almost half of your savings if you commute by bicycle. All you need to spend is on your vehicle and rarely adjusting the brakes and tyres. You can experience financial freedom.

3. Save Time

It is not that you can cycle fast than a car or bike. But you can save your idle time sitting in a traffic jam or waiting for a bus. You need not stop anywhere and it keeps you moving. You need not search for a longer time to park your vehicle. You can get down, put the stand, lock the vehicle and just go.

4. Social Group

When you cycle daily, you will like it eventually. If you like cycling, you will like people who cycle. Trust me, you will. You will soon get into some groups and there are many groups of bicycle riders in towns all over the world. You would be one among in that community of bicycle riders. And if you don’t get into any bicycle groups, at least you will share a heartfelt smile to a co-rider.

5. Save Environment

By riding a cycle daily, you have a major role in saving our environment which is very much needed in today’s scenario. Air pollutants from the motor vehicles damage, not just the ozone layer, but also the lungs and respiratory systems of people. It can contribute to causing, or worsen, many respiratory diseases. There are many ways to go green, but cycling is more worthy of other reasons.

On the whole, cycling benefits you, big or small depending on the length that you travel. Along with those five benifits, it also tests your patience. It improves your determination and discipline. Don’t worry that you will be left behind. It will take you a step ahead, in the so-called, “Life Race.”

“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride”

– Eddy Merckx


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