cycling against the sunsetOn a frigid, soggy April morning, driving to work may seem infinitely more appealing than biking to work. However, bicycling to work provides a number of health and economic benefits that driving cannot.

Gas prices were well under $2.00 a gallon for awhile, but they’re on the rise once again, making bicycling a far more cost-effective option. You also won’t have to pay tolls or spend a fortune at the auto repair shop for your bicycle. But the greatest benefits of bicycling are the immeasurable health rewards it provides for your body.

1) Improves Cardiovascular Fitness

Bicycling works out your heart by forcing it to deliver extra oxygen to the muscle groups that are worked out during cycling. Because our bodies collect oxygen through the lungs, cycling also helps improve the quality of your lungs. A healthy heart and lungs are key to living a long, satisfying life.

2) Improves Joint Mobility

One of athletic trainers’ main emphases is maintaining healthy joint mobility for their athletes. This is essential in limiting the risk of injury, as there’s a clear connection between having strong joint mobility and not being injury-prone.

3) Increases Bone Density

By riding your bike, you’ll help prevent your body from developing osteoporosis, which is a degenerative condition in which the body’s bones start to thin.

4) Improve Posture, Flexibility and Coordination 

Along with joint mobility, good posture, flexibility and coordination are key to preventing injury. Cycling is a very natural motion, which makes it beneficial as it improves posture, which, later down the road, will help prevent you from developing aches and pains.

5) Reduces Stress

Like any workout, cycling causes your body to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. When endorphins are released, it creates a feeling of euphoria, which is proven to reduce stress, making it effective in the fight against depression. Exercise also helps people fall asleep, which is also key in combatting depression.

If you’re at all concerned about your physical health, specifically regarding your flexibility, cardiovascular health or joint mobility, visit us at AFC Urgent Care Hamilton. If you wish to speak with one of our medical professionals, call us at 609-890-4100.