When it comes to improving your physical health, your mental well-being, or choosing an environmentally friendly way to get around – nothing tops cycling.
A great option for all ages, cycling is the perfect way to stay healthy and get outside. In today’s post, we’ll be going over the physical and mental health benefits of cycling and how to keep yourself safer with smart security like Curve Bike light & GPS tracker.
The Physical Health Benefits of Cycling
Cycling is a great way to get physically active because it’s simple and straightforward to learn. You can choose whatever intensity level you’re comfortable with, it’s low impact so it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise, and it’s easy to integrate into your daily routine by riding to school, work, shops, or to the park.
When you pedal, you benefit from a great muscle workout as it engages all of your muscle groups. It only takes about 2 to 4 hours a week to see general health improvements if you get out once a day for 20-30 minutes. That’s a great way to spend your lunch break.
Some physical health benefits of cycling regularly include:
- Increased core and leg strength
- Helps to prevent prevent cardiac issues such as stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure
- Lowers your risk of developing diabetes
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Improves posture and coordination
- Decreases body fat levels
- Can help those recovering from cancer
The Mental Health Benefits of Cycling
This year we’ve all been spending more time indoors and cycling has become a great way to get outside, get fit and feel a little less isolated.
Exercise, like cycling, releases endorphins which elevate your mood. So if you’re feeling a bit down or sluggish, try hopping on your bike for a 10 minute ride to help feel brighter.
Some mental health benefits of cycling regularly include:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Gets you out of the house and out of your head
- Increase blood flow to the brain which helps with memory and reasoning
- Exposure to nature and green spaces
Another way cycling every day improves both your mental and physical health: it’s great for strength and stamina. You can have the satisfaction of seeing your improvement in the saddle over time with Curve Bike light & GPS tracker’s Ride Insights which track where you go and how far.
Bike Safety: How to Stay Calm and Cycle On
Whether you’re cycling in a big city or rural area, it’s essential that you’re staying safe and keeping your bike secure. Make sure you’re practising proper bike safety like wearing a helmet, using lights between sunset and sunrise, keeping up with bike repairs and tyre inflation, wearing appropriate clothing and obeying the rules of the road.
For those who cycle often, it can feel like you’re at the mercy of others, especially when riding alongside cars and lorries. Curve Bike light & GPS tracker lets you ride with confidence with an intelligent brake light that shines brighter if you brake suddenly. Plus, if you need help keeping your bike secure from potential theft or damage, lock it up and turn on Security Mode in the Vodafone Smart App. It’ll send Movement Alerts if your bike moves without you and there’s a Siren as loud as most house alarms.
Get into biking this summer with our new bicycle GPS smart device, Curve Bike light & GPS tracker. Along with proper safety measures, you’ll be rewarded when it comes to physical and mental health in no time. Peace of mind is as easy as, well, riding a bike.