The health benefits of cycling
This Wednesday 15th August is Cycle to Work Day, the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event. It involves enthusiastic cyclists coming together to cycle to work, and encourage others to do likewise. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, head to their website to find out more about how you can get involved. In this article we’d like to share with you some of the health benefits of cycling, and how at Viavi:be we can help you monitor its effects on your body.
It reduces your risk cardiovascular diseases
Cycling is categorised as a cardiovascular or aerobic exercise, which particularly benefits your heart health and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Cardiovascular disease is the cause of 26% of deaths in the UK each year and as such driving down your risk in this area is a significant incentive to get back on a bike.
It reduces your risk of getting lifestyle-related diseases
Beyond just preventing cardiovascular diseases, an increased aerobic fitness level is associated with a decreased risk of cancer, through mechanisms independent from any weight loss or body fat changes. In the short term you can also expect a strengthened immune system to help you avoid picking up common colds and flus.
It helps you de-stress and sleep better
Cycling regularly and the increase in cardiovascular fitness that accompanies it can reduce excessive levels of stress hormones, which improves your sleep quality and energy recovery.
It can fit into your daily routine to turn a sedentary activity into a healthy one
One of the great things about cycling is that it can be easily fitted into your daily routine to transform your commute to work from a dull, stressful affair into a positive thing for your physical and mental health. Cycling to and from work will also save you money on petrol or bus fares, not to mention the fact that you’d also be significantly reducing your carbon footprint.
We can help you measure your progress when it comes to aerobic fitness
At Viavi:be we’re always keen to measure and monitor aerobic fitness of our members with a figure called VO2 max. Capturing this figure allows us to understand if someone’s collective cycling efforts are improving their overall cardiovascular capacity. Unfortunately just being sat on a bike is not enough to gain all the great health benefits from cycling. Cycling needs to be often enough and long enough to objectively improve your fitness for the key changes to take place.
It fits in well with resistance training and mobility exercises
We also understand that whilst cardiovascular fitness is an essential part of being well, it is still only one type of fitness - and even elite cyclists need to find time to perform strength exercises and mobility work if they want to gain weight management impact and deeper ranging health benefits.
We find at Viavi:be that regular cycling, along with two sessions per week of the Viavi:be sequence is a great combination to see accelerated results in your health and fitness.
To find out more, book a personal tour of our health gym.