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The Health Benefits of Long-Distance Cycling

Updated: May 18, 2022

Many health benefits come with regular exercise, especially the benefits associated with long-distance cycling.

One of the best ways and integral parts to being fit and healthy is to be physically active. You can protect yourself from serious, long-term diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mental illness, arthritis, and more when you exercise regularly. Riding your bike can effectively reduce the risk of these health problems associated with sedentary lifestyles.

Continue scrolling to read more about the health benefits of cycling.

How Long-Distance Cycling Benefits Your Health

An efficient way to improve your health that comes with a myriad of benefits is long-distance cycling. Here are some of those health benefits:

An Enjoyable Way to Get Fit — Cycling is a fun and relatively easy way to get fit (easy in the sense that you don’t need a high level of physical skill, other than knowing how to ride a bike). Cycling uses each of the major muscle groups in your body as you pedal, giving you a well-rounded workout. In addition to exercising your strength, it also increases your stamina and aerobic fitness.

Recovery Help — If you are recovering from an injury or illness, cycling is a great way to get back into it. Since cycling is low impact, can be done at a low intensity, and can be built up from easy to challenging, it can aid in recovering from injuries.

Better Sleep — Regular cycling can help you sleep better as it helps synchronize your circadian rhythm. It also helps reduce stress hormones that can make sleeping difficult.

Avoid Life-Threatening Diseases — As mentioned above, one of the most significant health benefits of cycling is that it can help you avoid life-threatening diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Regular biking improves your circulation, heart, and lungs, reducing your chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Those who are obese have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to a lack of physical activity. People that cycle regularly is a lot less likely to develop diabetes.

Weight Control — Cycling raises your metabolic rate, burns body fat, and builds muscles which helps control and reduce weight. If losing weight is your goal, you must pair cycling with a good meal plan.

Significant Social Benefits — Cycling is often a group sport. Cycling in a group allows you to make friends, get things off your chest, and support one another.

Improved Mental Health — Many people struggling with mental health issues turn to the sport cycling for help. Cycling gets your blood moving faster than other exercises, which allow endorphins and other good hormones and substances like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which promotes positive mental health.

Start Prepping for the 2022 Saints to Sinners Bike Relay Today!

Regular long-distance cycling can vastly improve your health!

If you love long-distance cycling and love supporting a good cause, check out the Saints to Sinners Bike Relay! Now is a great time to start getting ready for next year’s race! This exciting cycling relay race takes you from the heavenly heights of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the infernal heat of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the heat of the summer. Saints to Sinners started back in 2009 and is dedicated to those fighting ALS. Contact us today to learn more.

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