Do you also hate the sweaty tube with a passion or being caught up in a traffic jam? Americans hold an annual National Bike To Work Day (18th May 2018) to encourage people to get active and help the environment by cycling to their places of work. Here at YCB, we have listed below the benefits you reap when you consider cycling to work rather than using alternative transport.
It goes without saying but when you up your activity levels you will start to see a change in your weight and rather than being immobile when travelling, cycling encourages you to build muscle while still getting from a to b. If you are someone who gets bored at the gym easily cycling is a great way to squeeze in a workout without taking much time out of your day. If you want your muscle gains to go further, try introducing a protein powder into your diet such as Natures Plus Almond Protein Powder (£40.50, www.naturesplus.co.uk) made from organic almonds. Add a scoop to your smoothie to help maintain lean muscle and keep your energy levels balanced.
Regulating Your Sleep Pattern
Due to the increase in activity this will naturally make your body feel more tired and insomniacs will be thrilled to know that regular cycling will help you fall asleep easier. If you want to see if your sleeping pattern has improved, Somnuva is a sleeping device which monitors and improves your sleep through white noise sound. This guides your brain’s frequency resonance to match that of the ideal healthy sleep pattern.
Colin Aston-James sound technology expert explains, “Somnuva has an edge because it is the only device built with this patented, proven algorithm which allows your brain to run at the correct frequencies through the entire night. Other products on the market either track your sleep or just help you get to sleep.”
Boosts Your Immune System
Exercise increases your intake of oxygen and stimulates the production of a variety of immune cells which overall boosts your immunity. Leading UK Nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville advises, “Exercise that increases your heart rate and moves large muscles (such as those in your legs and arms) is what you should aim for. Even if you are pushed for time, benefits can be gained simply by cycling on shorter journeys rather than taking the car.”
Always remember to wear the correct footwear when cycling, Carnation Footcare Podiatrist, Dave Wain recommends “Proper shoes are the most important piece of cycling equipment. Cycling shoes must have a stable shank to efficiently transfer power from your feet to the pedals. Wearing incorrect shoes can lead to foot pain or numbness, whereas specialist cycling shoes have stiff soles that can distribute pressure evenly over the pedal. This will also help you to pedal more efficiently.”