Taking up cycling could be one of the best things you could do for yourself.Remember the good old days of pedaling your way to the park or the school every day? Times were simpler back then, and legs were stronger. Well, remind yourself of those times and the energy you had and maybe it could give you a few reasons as to why you should get back on that saddle and pedal for glory.

It doesn’t cost a thing. If you’re worried about your bank balance and trying to figure out a way to exercise without spending too much, then you’ve found the exercise you are looking for. All that it takes is a cycle. You don’t even need one of the high-end models, a simple geared cycle would do. Apart from regular upkeep of the cycle this exercise hardly costs a thing, however investing in knee guards, elbow guards and a helmet would be a good idea.

Makes you look younger

According to a study by scientists at the Stanford University, cycling helps you fight the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Exercising causes you to sweat and this process helps you get rid of a lot of harmful toxins in your system. Exercising also increases the flow of blood to all the extremities of the body supplying the much-needed oxygen to fight off signs of ageing such as wrinkles. Not to mention a fit body is the first step of looking younger.

Perfect workout for your lower body

Depressed about the accumulating weight in your lower body? Cycling could be your best bet to losing weight and doing it in style. Cycling increases your metabolism (the process where your body burns that midnight doughnut you had yesterday) and keeps it buzzing for a few hours after you’re done pedaling. What this basically means is that you’re making your body processes more efficient. Add cycling to the list of reasons, this one being guilt free, to load up on calories over the week. It not only works out your thighs, hamstring and calves it is also a brilliant workout for your knees if done properly.

Cycling is good for the environment

The insanely high levels of carbon emissions in these days are making news over and over again. Using your cycle for your day-to-day activities can help you cut down your fuel costs and do your bit for the planet. Cycle to work, cycle to get groceries,cycle to meet your friends, cycle for the sheer love of cycling. Every little effort made to curb the use of fossil fuels helps the earth. Do your bit for the planet that birthed us.

Cycling to work every day could not only save you a bundle on fuel money it could also see you becoming fitter than ever before.

Happier Times

Cycling, or any form of exercise for that matter, aids in the release of endorphins, the chemical that makes you feel naturally happy. These feel-good chemicals help counter stress and make one feel generally blissful. According to a study carried out by the University of Bonn, neurologists were able to visualize endorphins in the frontal and limbic regions of the brain, areas that deal with stress and emotional well-being post a workout.

What do you think?