10 good reasons to buy a bike, pros and effects on the body

Outside Magazine

Are you still wondering if you should buy a bike? Then we go to you.

We could have started this story, but we decided to just tell you about ten good reasons to do it now. After all, beautiful legs and many more bonuses (about which below) are already waiting for those who finally decide to switch to two-wheeled vehicles.

1. It’s more convenient than walking

And you can’t argue here. At the very least, this is a good time saver. And besides, you no longer have to carry bags and heavy packages in your hands. Hang a stylish basket in the front or attach a trunk in the back – and voila.

By the way, you don’t need to adjust to the public transport schedule either. We have laid out the route and you can go whenever you like, and along the way you can also stop for delicious coffee or beautiful landscapes.

2. It’s an effective way to lose weight

When cycling, the heart rate increases, which speeds up metabolism and increases energy expenditure. Depending on your heart rate, your weight, the duration and speed of riding, as well as breathing, you can spend from 250 to 800 or even 1000 kcal per hour of cycling. Of course, the more intense and speedy rides burn the most calories.

3. Cyclists have their own community

As with any hobby, cycling can help you make new friends. You already have at least one common interest. In addition, cyclists often hold mass rides, festivals and parades that you can easily take part in. Isn’t there a reason to remember your childhood, dress up in a bright suit and take a ride through the streets of your beloved city in good company?

4. The muscles of the legs will become more prominent

The main load is on the legs while riding. They are the first to respond to regular training. The pressure on the pedal begins with the contraction of the gluteal and quadriceps muscles, soon the hamstrings are activated, the calf and plantar muscles join. Cyclical movements give them not only tone, but also a beautiful relief, which can be seen on professional cyclists.

5. Lung volume will increase

When cycling, the lungs begin to work much more actively than usual. During long rides, they not only gradually increase in volume, but also get rid of toxic substances (especially if you ride closer to nature, and not within the city).

6. Reduced stress levels

Monotonous movements and measured breathing can quickly put your thoughts in order and “switch” you to new, positive emotions. Still, cycling for most of us resembles a carefree childhood. To get a dose of serotonin, try driving at least a couple of kilometers in your new two-wheeled friend.

7. The problem with insomnia will be solved

Yes, and not only because you will become more tired. During skiing, the blood is intensively enriched with oxygen, it goes to the cells of the brain. It is this saturation that makes sleep deeper and healthier. In addition, cycling will relieve you of the stress hormone cortisol, which is a common cause of insomnia.

8. Improving thinking ability

And here again oxygen saturation is to blame. It becomes the cause of the birth of new brain cells. From this comes the activation of your thought processes, memory improves.

These types of aerobic exercise affect the hippocampus. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, learning, and emotion. This effect was confirmed by research at the University of Illinois. After six months of daily cycling, the test participants’ hippocampus increased by 2%, and their memorization and error detection abilities improved by 15-20%. And most importantly, as a result of the experiment, the scientists found that just a few months of driving allowed the brain to rejuvenate for two years.

9. No parking problems

Buying a bike with a lock will solve most of the parking problems motorists are familiar with. Often it is they who become the last straw in the decision to change the vehicle. The bike can be easily parked where the car will not park, drives right up to the entrance or, if desired, even drives into the floor – and your transport is always within easy reach.

10. Saving money

All in all, bike prices don’t bite. Although it all depends on your requests. You can buy both a used version for a penny, and the most “sophisticated” and equipped bike for a tidy sum. However, you save a lot on the road if you compare it with using public transport or your own car.

Convinced?

* This is an informational website. We encourage you to consult your doctor before taking any action. Only a doctor can know what is indicated and contraindicated for your body.