A Healthier Body, Happier Mind and Other Reasons Riding a Bike Will Change Your Life

Exploring the important reasons why you should ride a bicycle
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Many of us have a vivid memory of the first time we rode a bike. It usually resulted in some scrapes and bruises, but persistence never failed, and eventually we all felt like pros. [slideshow:1147]

The phrase, ‘like riding a bicycle’ is far too familiar, but for some, getting back on the bike saddle is not quite as easy as it sounds. If you live in a big city there is the constant fear of crazy vehicles dominating the roads, or speedy hipsters who seem to never brake. And even in the suburbs, cars seem like the easiest way to get from A to B.

But in reality, the number of cars is at an all time high. It is starting to slowly decrease, now, because of Millennials who tend to walk, bike and take more public transportation. But, cars still dominate, and traffic gets chaotic. Riding a bicycle for commuting purposes is a terrific solution.

It may be a hassle to completely change your commuting ways, but getting on the saddle for a ride on the weekend can do some good as well. Remember the times spent on a bicycle as a child, the wind pushing your hair back, the smile as you caught some speed. None of that has to be forgotten, and getting back on your bicycle at an older age has some serious benefits. These 9 reasons riding a bicycle will change your life for the better will inspire you to get back out there and pedal. 

Your body will thank you

There are so many health benefits to biking beyond the basic burning of calories. It’s low impact so you can sustain for longer periods. It is increases muscle mass, and your overall metabolic burn rates. Also, the air resistance gives can increase your workout by approximately 30% without you even realizing it. Not to mention, being outdoors has been proven to reduce the risk of many diseases.

You'll be outside and happier

Research has found that sunshine helps to increase serotonin, which alters the moods in the brain. Getting outside in the sun will also prevent seasonal depression in the colder, less sunny times of the year.

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