Riding bikes improves physical and emotional health

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Extreme bicyclists are known for pushing their bodies to the limit.

Riding a bicycle is one of the healthiest ways to stay fit. Pedaling away on a two-wheeler uses several muscles, takes stress off joints, kicks the heart rate into high gear, and burns up to 500 calories in a single hour. According to science, people who ride their bikes frequently not only reap the physical benefits of the healthy activity, they also tend to be happier, better people!

First of all, bike riders know that safety is not something to be overlooked. Extreme bicyclists are known for pushing their bodies to the limit in the pouring rain, intense heat, and howling wind. However, you’d be hard pressed to find a serious biker that wasn’t wearing a helmet. This is smart, considering 97% of bicyclists who have died in traffic accidents were not wearing one.

Additionally, bike riders are extremely self-sufficient. They know from the moment they sit down on their bikes that no one else is going to pedal for them. Instead, they have to rely on their own abilities and trust they can get things done. This mindset is also what people need to stay positive after tragic or negative life events!

What’s one of the best benefits of all? Bike riders tend to live longer, healthier lives. In fact, cyclists who participate in the Tour de France – a yearly bike race in France that covers almost 2,300 miles – tend to tack on an extra 8 years to their life.

So, whether you’re in it for the vigorous workout or a better mindset, biking should definitely be a hobby to pick up. If you do, don’t forget to put on a helmet!

Featured image courtesy of Mt. Hood Territory on Flickr. Image of bicycling group courtesy of Ethan Lofton on Flickr.