WORLD BIKE DAY 2022: The bicycle has been around for over two centuries now and is probably the most multi-dimensional mode of transportation there is. Cycling does not take you from place to place, but also on the path to better health.
Recognizing and celebrating the multiple dimensions of cycling, June 3 is celebrated as World Bicycle Day by the United Nations. The day aims to promote the uniqueness and benefits of cycling as a mode of transportation and as a form of exercise. As we celebrate World Bicycle Day today, here we take a look at some of the health benefits of cycling:
- weight control
Cycling increases metabolic rate, builds muscle and helps burn body fat. When combined with a healthy diet, cycling can be an effective way to lose weight. Research has shown that a good hour of cycling can help burn 400 to 1000 calories, depending on the intensity and metabolism of the rider.
- Improved cardiovascular health
Cycling as a regular activity can help you deal with high blood pressure issues and can solve many heart problems. Cycling often helps improve your heart health and often minimizes the risk of cardiac arrest and other similar problems.
- Improve lung health
Regular cycling can also improve your lung health and endurance. During cycling, the lungs receive a steady supply of fresh oxygen and the increased breathing rate allows the muscles around the lungs to develop.
- Improves mental health
Cycling can be helpful in alleviating feelings of stress, depression or anxiety. The bicycle is also useful for social well-being and inculcates a feeling of personal mastery and solidarity.
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