World Bicycle Day 2021: Effects of daily cycling
Objective of the day claims to recognise the longevity, uniqueness and versatility of the bicycle. We observe it to be a mode of transportation for over 2 centuries now.
Cycling activates a multidimensional feature in us in order to keep our lives moving steadily. As a regular activity, cycling has various benefits, which promotes heath in every way possible. Alternatively, a bicycle is a clean and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Calling it important, June 3rd is observed as “World Bicycle day”. Let us look up to some major benefits of cycling as an activity:
‘Controls Weight and Obesity’
Cycling is a good way to control or reduce weight, as it raises our metabolic rate, builds muscle and burns body fat. Cycling is a comfortable form of exercise and if needed, we can change time and intensity-it is suitable and can be built up slowly.
‘Reduces Cardiovascular Disease Rates’
Cardiovascular disease includes stroke, high blood pressure and heart attack. Regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and blood circulation, helping in reducing risk of cardiovascular diseases. Cycling strengthens your heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces blood fat levels.
‘Reduces Effect of Cancer’
Many researchers have studied the relationship between cycling and cancer and have proven in their research that if we cycle, the chance of bowel cancer is reduced. Also, some evidence suggests that regular cycling reduces the risk of breast cancer.
‘Lowers the Risk of Developing Diabetes’
The rate of type 2 diabetes is increasing and today it is observed as a serious public health concern. The major reason behind developing this condition tends to be lack of physical activity. Researchers in Finland found that people who cycle for more than 30 minutes per day had a 40 per cent lower risk of developing diabetes.
‘Reduces Mental Illness’
Conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety falls under the category of Mental Illness. It can be reduced by regular cycling. The theory reveals that riding a bike can bring enjoyment to us, indirectly being a cure to mental illness.