1. You’ll get there faster
Use the bike in major cities around the globe and you’ll get there in half the time it takes by cars, even though you can’t match the speed of an average vehicle.
2. Sleep better
An early morning ride might tire you out in the short term, but it’ll help you catch some quality shut-eye when you get back to your pillow.
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked those suffering from sedentary insomnia to cycle for 30 minutes every other day. The result? The time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was reduced by half, and sleep time increased by almost an hour.
3. Look younger
Scientists at Stanford University have also found that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. But at summer time, don’t forget to slap on the factor 30 before you head out, though.
4. Boost your bowels
According to experts from Bristol University, the beneﬁts of cycling extend deep into your core. Physical activity helps decrease the time it takes food to move through the large intestine, limiting the amount of water absorbed back into your body and leaving you with softer stools, which are easier to pass. Aerobic exercise accelerates your breathing and heart rate, which helps stimulate the contraction of intestinal muscles.
5. Increase your brain power
Need your grey matter to sparkle? Then get pedalling. Researchers from Illinois University found that a ﬁve percent improvement in cardio-respiratory ﬁtness from cycling led to an improvement of up to 15% in mental tests. That’s because cycling helps build new brain cells in the region responsible for memory, which deteriorates from the age of 30.
6. Beat illness
Forget apples, riding’s the way to keep the doctor away. Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they’re ready to ﬁght off infection. In fact, according to research from the University of North Carolina, people who cycle for 30 minutes, ﬁve days a week take half as many sick days as couch potatoes.
7. Live longer
King’s College London compared over two thousand identical twins and found those who did the equivalent of just three 45-minute rides a week were nine years younger (biologically speaking) even after discounting other inﬂuences, such as body mass index (BMI) and smoking. The body becomes much more efﬁcient at defending itself and regenerating new cells.