3 Health Benefits to Riding a Bicycle

by Jeri Klein

May is National Bike Month. Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, this celebration shines a light on the many benefits associated with riding a bike, and encourages others to choose a bicycle as their mode of transportation.

Here are just a few of those benefits.

Low Impact: Because cycling is non weight bearing, it’s an ideal exercise or those with osteoarthritis, as well as anyone looking to minimize joint strain and impact. 

If joint or other health issues prevent you from riding outside, ask your doctor if a stationary bike or a recumbent bike is right for you. 

Heart Healthy: Cycling raises your heart rate and gets your blood pumping, which can greatly improve your overall cardiovascular health as well as lower your risk for heart disease. In fact, a 2016 study published in the journal Circulation found that people who rode bicycles regularly had 15% less heart attacks than their non bicycle riding counterparts.

Mood Booster:  All exercise can make us feel good. But not all exercise is created equal. According to recent study published in The Lancet, those who rode bicycles experienced 21.6% fewer days of poor mental health compared to those who did not exercise.