When we posed this question to our community of cyclist, we received many
different answers but a few that really stood out for us were:
“I am on exercise experiential mode right now and every new sport I try is new, exciting, and invigorating!”
It isn’t just our community members that have constructive things to say about cycling – we have Einstein and Hemingway in our corner as well:
Albert Einstein discovered the theory of relativity while bicycling. And Ernest Hemingway said that, “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”
Whether it is to boost your health, foster a deeper connection with your community or to just keep yourself alive after a heavy caloric intake of beer drinking - becoming a cyclist will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. If you are still not convinced, we did a little research and here are the top 8 reasons you need to start cycling on a weekly basis (if not daily):
NOTE: For the purposes of this article ‘regular exercise’ means 30-40 minutes, 2-3 times per week.
How valuable is your time? Commuting by bike in urban areas will cut down on your commute time by over 38%. Does spending an hour and a half, crawling through the George Massey tunnel at 4 KM/hour sound like a good use of your time? No, of course not. How about travelling at 15 – 20 KM per hour at a constant pace, taking all shortcuts and bypassing all ‘parked’ traffic? Of course! Here are a few rides that will get you from A to B much faster than your ‘parked’ counterparts: Check Out These Fine Rides!
An early morning ride might feel exhausting five minutes into your run and five minutes immediately following your run, before you have refueled, but studies show that you will fall sleep up to 30 minutes faster and stay asleep when you incorporate a 25 minute run into your morning routine. If you are an aspiring female snoozer, check out our selection of bikes for women and if you are an aspiring male snoozer, cruise on over to our selection of bikes for men.
Cycling creates an ideal environment within the body to optimize collagen production helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles and speed up the healing process.
Forget apples and gimmicks, moderate exercise makes your immune cells more active so they're ready to fight off infection that means you don't even have to break a sweat to give your body a smashing good chance at recovery.
Want to make your grey matter twinkle? Then get pedaling! As you start to pass the age of 30 - the area of the brain responsible for memory, the hippocampus, starts to deteriorate, says researchers at the University of Illinois. Studies show that cycling helps build new brain cells into the hippocampus. Just as important as your memory is picking out the perfect Helmet for your day-to-day cruise.
Engaging in regular physical activity like cycling is proven to improve your overall vascular health, which in turn enhances your sex life. According to one study done by Cornell University, physically fit males have the sexual prowess of men 2-5 years younger, and females enjoy delayed menopause for 2-5 years. Years later, a study done by Harvard conclusively found that men aged over 50 who cycle for at least three hours a week have a 30 percent lower chance of impotency than those who do little to no exercise. Eager to ‘get back in the saddle’ men? Check out some of our new arrivals. Ladies, want to test drive your additional years of extended youth? Have a gander at these sexy cycles.
The average male's body contains about 75,000 milligrams of sodium, the equivalent of 11 tablespoons of salt. When you exercise, you lose some sodium via sweat. When you train more than 4 hours a day or you have a triathlon or slow marathon coming up – be sure to stock up on your favorite salty treats. The sodium in them helps protect your body against hyponatremia, a condition that causes excessive dilution of the water outside the cell, which causes the cell to swell and possibly hemorrhage .
Cycling boosts the production of anti-depressant chemicals in the body such as serotonin and dopamine. In as little time as 30 to 40 minutes of cycling, our brain releases endorphins and cannabinoids, which help relieve stress and lift the mood. Chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol (the fight or flight hormones) are also kept in ‘check’ when you exercise on a regular basis. Exercise has the same brilliant effects on stress for children as well, why not introduce your kids to cycling or even skateboarding?
There are literally hundreds of different reasons and benefits to make cycling a part of your weekly routine. Those listed above are just a handful of the most enticing reasons our community has given us. Want to be a part of our growing community? Just join us on Facebook and sign up for our monthly newsletter and we will let you know when community-only discounts are available and give you a ‘heads up’ when we plan our next group cycling cruise!