“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” – John F. Kennedy
Endorphins Make You Happy
There’s a whole slew of evidence on why cycling is good for your health, from improving your mental state to bettering your lung health to slimming you down. Cycling Weekly covers the many benefits of ditching four wheels for two and cycling your way to a better you. Here are our top three.
Cycling burns a whole lot of calories – and fast. One hour of cycling burns anywhere between 400 and 1000 calories. So let’s say your commute to work via bike is a half hour there and a half hour back. At the very least, you’ve burned 400 calories just from your daily commute. That’s 400 more calories than you would driving your car. And with those 400 calories you’ve burned, you can go ahead and eat a small soft serve chocolate-vanilla twist cone, one tall caramel macchiato with a marshmallow dream bar from Starbucks, or two five ounce glasses of red wine with pretzels. Guilt free!
Biking to work saves you time. If you’re headed to work around 8am, you’re most likely hitting that super fun bumper to bumper traffic, which is doing wonders for your road rage. Then you’re heading home and getting stuck in that 5 o’clock traffic we love so much. If you could filter through all that with your two wheel companion, you could significantly reduce your commute time and probably increase your happiness. At the very least it’s releasing those endorphins which as Elle Woods would say, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.” So add that as a bonus for your partner.
Our last favorite cycling fact, and perhaps the most surprising, is that cycling improves your lung health. A study from the Healthy Air Campaign, Kings College London, and Camden Council found that out of a driver, bus user, pedestrian, and cyclist, the cyclist was exposed to significantly less fumes than their counterparts. So there you have it folks, even when you feel like you’re gasping for air from the exercise, your lungs are thanking you.
Check out the entire case for cycling here.