With Bike Week 2015 (13 – 21st June) now upon us, it’s useful to know what all the hullabaloo is about; it’s not just the benefit of a bit more pine fresh, pollution free air to enjoy, you know! Biking actually brings a lot more to the table than thighs that look dashing in Lycra too – here are just some examples of why getting your wheels in motion may be the best thing you ever did…
1) PUT THE PEDAL TO THE POWER OF THE MIND - Illinois University’s research team discovered a mere 5% improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness from cycling led to improvements of up to triple that in mental tests. New brain cells were generated in the hippocampus – the region responsible for memory, which deteriorates from the age of 30.
2) BIKE FOR YOUR HEARTBEATS - Cycling just 20 miles during Bike Week would see you reduce your risk of heart disease to less than half those who opt not to exercise. The same amount regularly cements this, of course! You can trust us, this coming from studies at the Purdue University in the US.
3) CYCLE YOUR WORK SCHEDULE AWAY - A study of 200 people carried out by the University of Bristol found that employees who exercised before work or at lunchtime improved time/workload management, with the changes boosting their motivation and ability to deal with stress.
4) RIDE CLEAR OF POOR QUALITY AIR - Imperial College London found that passengers in buses, taxis and cars actually inhaled substantially more pollution than cyclists and pedestrians, contrary to what may have been popular assumption! On average, taxi passengers were exposed to more than 100, 000 ultrafine particles – posing a risk to lungs/cells. Bus passengers just under, and drivers still a high 40,000. For Cyclists, figures came in at a considerably lower 8,000! Apparently this is because cyclists tend to ride at the edge of the road meaning they’re far less likely to be directly in the line of exhaust smoke.
5) WHEELING GETS THE WORK DONE – Biking weekly/daily can actually be exercise enough! According to America’s National Forum for Coronary Heart Disease Foundation, regular cyclists enjoy a ?tness level equal to that of a person who’s 10 years younger.