Riding a bike is a fun way to decompress and unwind. Many health perks come with cycling down the street on your two-wheeler. Pedaling reduces the risk of stroke, enhances cardiovascular fitness, lowers stress levels and joint mobility and coordination, increases bone strength, and enhances cardiovascular fitness. But did you know that cycling, even for a brief period, can extend your life by a couple of years?
Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine supports the view that cycling can elongate your life.The study, whose data was obtained from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study, examined 7000 diabetic adult participants from 10 western European countries who were administered with questionnaires regarding medical history, sociodemographic, and lifestyle information. The study took place from 1992 to 2000, a period which formed the baseline examination. And a second examination was conducted five years after the baseline.
From the research findings, Ried-Larsen and his team deduced that regular cycling over the five years lowered the probability of early death from all causes and heart disease by 35% when compared to participants who did not cycle at all.
Editors of the study point out that the immense health benefits are not exclusive to diabetic patients but can accrue to everyone across the board.
The research showcased the benefits for all levels and intervals of cycling and did not recommend a specific timeframe to be spent on the bike. Everyone who cycles regularly is bound to enjoy the benefits, no matter the duration spent cycling!
Evidence from a 2014 study shows that you can gain many benefits in a very short duration of cycling. After just six weeks, study subjects reported lower levels of blood pressure, enhanced aerobic capacity, and other improved biomarkers after a 10-minute HIIT-style cycling workout done three times a week.
A more recent study discovered that ONLY 4-second reps of intense peddling sandwiched between 15-30 seconds of rest significantly yielded higher cardiovascular fitness levels and increased muscle mass among the participants. Breaking up sitting with frequent, extremely abbreviated exercises can undo some adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, you needn't cycle for extended periods to enjoy the benefits!
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For many years, many economies of the world have been dependent on fossil fuels as their primary source of energy. This heavy reliance on fossil fuels has had a toll on the environment. We have observed drastic changes in climatic patterns resulting from global warming, due to high levels of carbon emissions from engines running on fossil fuels. This has led to the adoption of electricity as a more environmentally friendly alternative source of energy.
We have had a boom in the number of people using E-bikes in the recent past. What makes these bikes unique is the fact that they run on an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries.
With this influx of E-bikes, the main question is whether or not these lithium-ion batteries can sustainably meet our energy needs.
The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.
License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!