Find Time to Pedal: Benefits of Biking

Side view of young businessman looking forward while riding on his bicycle

Exercise is one of the most important foundations of prime health. This is especially important when you are aging. Benefits of regular exercise include an improved immune system, better sleep quality, and reduced risk of health conditions like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Nowadays, there are a variety of exercises that you can do to achieve your health goals. Ideally, a combination of various enjoyable exercise types can bring you the positive changes that you need. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, among the most common issues that people have today is being too busy and not having time to exercise.

What can you do about it? The key is to have an exercise program that incorporates cardiovascular, strength and flexibility, and high-intensity interval training(HIIT). You don’t need to spend hours doing cardiovascular activities. And if you lack the time, multitasking is always an excellent option.

One way to add exercise to your daily routine is by choosing to actively commute to work using your bicycle.

In the U.K. a study was conducted to evaluate the connection between active commuting (biking to work) and mortality risk. The researchers studied participants who walked, biked, or used their car to go to work and observed their rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer, deaths caused by those two diseases, as well as mortality due to other causes. Unsurprisingly, participants who were more physically active also had lower risk of health concerns and mortality during the entirety of the study.

Your Daily Commute Can Be the Workout You Need

The time you spend getting to and from work could be more than just that. You can be more productive and healthier, too, if you incorporate HIIT, cardio, and flexibility workout as you ride a bike to work.

A steady pedaling in the morning can increase blood flow to your muscles and your brains, keeping you awake and alert all day. We suggest you sit as little as possible to further improve your health. After your ride to work, you should stretch your legs to avoid stiffness.

During your commute home, you can incorporate HIIT to burn more calories and improve the health of your heart. You can do these three times a week. When you increase your pace for a short period of time, you are increasing the benefits of biking while reducing the amount of time you need to achieve those results.

For you to succeed in this exercise plan, you have to be prepared for a consistent active commute. Learn how you can get the most from your pedaling and how you can reduce the risk of injury. You should also always check the condition of your bike and keep track of the weather, too.

Now, with all the benefits of biking, you should definitely grab a helmet and start pedaling!

There are other things that you can do to improve your health the natural way. Visit Sloan Natural Health Center so we can talk about the great programs that would complement your new exercise routine!