Like many of us, you may have started this season keen to get even more exercise in. But maybe you are now wondering what form that exercise should take. Cycling is one of the most popular pastimes, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a great way to stay in shape – and it’s a lot of fun, too. If you are wondering whether or not to get on a bike this year, let me try and convince you. Here are some top reasons you should go for a cycle this spring.

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Good For The Heart

Possibly the most convincing argument for cycling is that it does wonders for your cardiovascular system. Even only half an hour of cycling a day produces some incredible benefits for your cardiovascular system within days. This, in turn, reduces the likelihood that you will ever contract cardiovascular disease. This alone is a fantastic reason to get on your bike, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Efficient, Cheap Travel

It’s official: cycling is the most efficient form of locomotive travel that humans engage in. If that weren’t enough, it is also one of the cheapest modes of travel going. You can treat yourself to a second-hand bike ridiculously cheap. Not only that, but road bike cover and insurance are both pretty cost-effective, too. With so many ways of saving you money, there’s really no excuse not to get cycling this year.

Improves Co-ordination

Cycling even once a week has been shown to improve co-ordination dramatically. If you stop to think about it for a moment, this should be pretty obvious. When you are cycling, your body has to partake in some pretty fascinating movements. You need to move both feet around in circles while steering with both hands. Not only that, but the constant adjustment of your body weight means that your spatial awareness gets a tryout too. This is truly a form of exercise which does wonders for every part of you.

Good For Your Mental Health

That leads us nicely onto our next point. Keeping up a regular cycling habit is really good for your mental health. When you pedal a bike, you force nerve cells to fire extra fast. Rich capillary beds are created in your gray matter, and this in turn gives your brain a good workout. This is great news for your brain, because it works in many ways like a muscle. Cycling regularly can double or even triple the production of neurons. In other words, the more you cycle – the more you build your brain!

Boost Your Immune System

As if all that weren’t enough, cycling also provides a pretty significant boost to your immune system. Just one of the many parts to this is that you actually prevent numerous kinds of cancer. Maximising your immune system functions is a fantastic thing to do for yourself. It provides various kinds of improvements for your health. One of the most significant, and most obvious, is that improving your immune system reduces the risk of contracting any kind of disease.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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