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Get Fit With Cycling

Ever notice that cyclists seem to have a spring in their step and a smile on their face? Their secret lies in the incredible fitness benefits of cycling.

Here at J&J Cycle, we’ll use any excuse to get out on our bikes. But if you’re not an avid cyclist (yet!), let us be the ones to convince you by exploring the fitness benefits of cycling, which can improve both your physical and mental health.

Here are 6 fitness benefits of cycling:

  1. Build Muscle - Cycling is an effective way to build muscle, especially in your lower body and around the glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves. The resistance training from pedaling helps build and tone leg muscles, giving you strength and endurance.

  1. Improve Core Strength - Although cycling primarily targets your lower body, maintaining balance and stability engages your core muscles. This helps strengthen your abdominal and back muscles, contributing to better balance and posture.

  1. Give Your Joints a Break - Running is great for cardiovascular fitness, but can stress your joints and lead to injuries. Cycling is a low-impact exercise, allowing you to train consistently without risking joint injuries.

  1. Cut your Risk of Heart Disease & Cancer - Cycling raises your heart rate and improves blood flow, enhancing cardiovascular fitness and cholesterol levels. A 2020 study showed that people who cycled to work had a 24% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and 11% risk of being diagnosed with cancer. Even moderate cycling can significantly boost your health!

  1. Improve your Mental Health - Exercise boosts serotonin and reduces stress, depression, or anxiety. Cycling releases endorphins, and being outside amplifies these effects. It’s a fantastic way to clear your mind and feel happier.

  1. Sleep Better - Regular physical activity like cycling can reduce stress and anxiety levels, contributing to a better sleep. The exposure to natural light also helps to regulate your body’s circadian rhythm, which promotes healthier sleep patterns.

Time to start biking!

These benefits can be achieved even by the moderate cyclist, and only increase the more you get out on your bike. There’s nothing better than finding the type of exercise that brings you joy and improves your health - and we hope that cycling is the choice you make!

Ready to experience these benefits yourself? Explore everything J&J Cycle has to offer by visiting us at 1690 Bath Road!