cycling in sunsetBicycling to work on a cold, rainy morning in late March probably doesn’t sound too appealing to you. Hopping into your car and driving to work likely sounds like a much better alternative. However, bicycling offers a number of significant economic and health benefits that driving cannot.

While gas prices may be low right now, they’ll eventually hike back up again soon enough. Riding your bike means no more filling up at the gas station as well as paying for tolls or parking. Yet above all, the best benefits of cycling are regarding physical health:

1) Improves Joint Mobility

Cycling helps improve joint mobility as it helps exercise our range of motion, which athletic trainers stress is an essential practice in limiting injuries. The more cycling around different elevations will further increase joint mobility.

2) Improves Cardiovascular Fitness

Cardio workouts force the heart and lungs to deliver oxygen to the muscles that are being exercised. Bicycling to work on a daily basis will improve the condition of your heart and lungs, and will also cut down on your time at the gym, as you won’t need to do cardio workouts anymore.

3) Improves posture, flexibility and coordination

Posture is similar to a car’s alignment – if your posture’s off, you’re going to break down. By improving your posture, just like improving joint mobility, you’ll severely limit your number of injuries.

4) Increases Bone Density

Cycling helps prevent osteoporosis, which is a condition that causes bone thinning. By improving your bone density, it’ll also help combat bones from breaking or fracturing.

5) Reduces Stress

When you exercises, your body produces endorphins, which serve as the body’s natural painkillers that also induce a feeling of euphoria. Endorphins additionally make it easier to fall asleep, which also help reduce stress.

If you are at all concerned about your health, specifically regarding your bone density or joint mobility, visit us at AFC Urgent Care Saugus where one of our physicians can administer you a physical examination. For more information, call us at 781.233.1000.