Lifestyle

Apr 24, 2018

7 Healthy Reasons to Start Cycling

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A day in the Wang family on the Bedok Cycling Network

It was the start of the new year, and you made a resolution to be healthier. However, months have gone by, and there has been little change to your lifestyle!

Maybe this month is your month of change. To help kick start your engine, we have 7 great reasons that might just motivate you to get off the couch and onto a bicycle.

1. Prevent diabetes

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Statistics from the Health Promotion Board indicated that Singaporeans have a 1-in-3 chance to get diabetes in their lifetime. In fact, a report by the International Diabetics Federation revealed that Singapore actually has the second highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations! But not all hope is lost as researchers from the University of Cambridge found that cycling to work or as a recreational pastime can lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Make sure to couple this effort with reduced sugar options in your diet.

2. Get fit and lose weight

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If you are looking to lose weight, cycling is considered one of the most effective ways – especially if jogging is not your cup of tea. Like jogging, cycling is a form of cardio exercise that helps increase your heart rate, allowing your body to burn off those sinful cheat day calories. So, if you dream of becoming someone’s #fitspo one day, maybe it’s time to wipe the dust off your bicycle.

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3. Reduce stress

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When you cycle as a form of exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that trigger a positive feeling, giving you that post-workout good vibes. So, if the hustle and bustle of city life is catching up with you, perhaps it is high time to give cycling a go. Choose a lovely route along our Park Connector Networks (PCNs), enjoy the fresh air and greenery along the journey, which can help keep the pressure off in your daily life.

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4. Look younger

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A study by Dr Frank Frisch from Chapman University has shown that consistent exercise can slow the rate of ageing, thereby making you look younger. The best example we came across is elderly cyclist, Cyril Ong, who at 71, looks nothing like his age!

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5. Reduce joint strain

High impact exercises, such as running, jogging and jumping, puts strain on joints, especially in the long term. Cycling is one good way to counter this negative effect as it is a low impact exercise with all the benefits of a high intensity workout. So when you cycle, you can enjoy the best of both worlds!

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6. Expand your social circle

Instead of binge-watching another season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, why not go cycling and make some real friends?

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7. Enjoy quality time

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Last but not the least, cycling is an accessible activity where both the young and old can enjoy and derive lots of fun from. Cycling as a family activity, can keep the whole family fit while spending quality family time.

These reasons to start cycling are just the tip of iceberg. The crucial part is getting yourself out of your home with your bicycle – the inertia will be easier to overcome as you continue working on it. So, if you are at this point, stop finding reasons to postpone that workout. Just do it and enjoy the benefits that cycling bring!

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Also Read: Using bicycles to save the world, health, and your money