The benefits of cycling may seem obvious; it burns calories, it increases your heart rate, and it is better for the environment than taking the car. True as that is, there are a few more benefits that you may not have thought of and may come as a surprise.
These 5 benefits of cycling are sure to get you a little extra motivated to hop on the saddle:
- It is great for your heart
Cycling is a form of cardio (news flash!), and any form of cardio strengthens your heart as you push it to work harder than usual. An easy 30 minutes of cardio per day can significantly decrease your chances of getting any form of heart disease.
- It is great for your joints
Biking is much easier on your joints then running! If you are a joint pain sufferer, why not take up cycling?
- It is great for your brain
Have you ever heard people talk about running as their ‘alone time’ to think and process their thoughts? The same goes for cycling! Cycling provides the perfect opportunity for some quality ‘me’ time.
- It is great for your social life
Getting friends and family together for a cycle is a great way to combine exercise and quality time! Additionally, there are many cycling groups out there waiting for people like you to join. Use sites like Gumtree to find fellow cyclists in your area!
- It is great for your wallet
Many of us spend hundreds of Rand every month on a gym membership we might use for an hour a couple times a week. Why not save money by purchasing an affordable second-hand bike you could use daily? This way, you not only get your daily exercise in, but you get it without spending an arm and a leg. Trust us, your wallet will thank you.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find a bike or cycling buddy close to home.