The Health Benefits of Cycling

What this article covers: 5 benefits of cycling - How often should we cycle? - Cycling training programme - Cycling essentials: kit review

a cyclist looking out over a field of rapeseed on a summer's day

Cycling has been shown to be very beneficial for improving health and fitness. There are hundreds of studies linking regular cycling to the reduction in body fat and lowering of the risk of a number of serious illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.’

In addition, cycling improves cardio-respiratory function and has also been shown to boost mood which in turn can improve the ‘symptoms of some mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.’

The health benefits associated with cycling are so good in fact that one leading publication called the activity a ‘miracle pill’ and suggested that if more people transitioned to pedal power it could ‘save the NHS.’

An impressive list by anyone’s standards. And that’s just a brief introductory outline. Believe it or not but cycling offers many more benefits. In this article we will take a look at the 5 most important health and fitness benefits that cycling can confer. Also, this article considers training volume and it shows you how to develop a training programme while also sharing ideas of how you can incorporate more cycling into your life.

But first, here’s a list of the many health and fitness benefits associated with regular cycling

Increased cardiovascular fitness
Increased muscle strength and flexibility
Improved joint mobility
Decreased stress levels
Improved posture and coordination
Strengthened bones
Decreased body fat levels
Reduced susceptibility or management of disease
Could slow the aging process
Can improve balance and posture