We all know that cycling is a good way to get healthy. The fact is widely publicised. The fact that cycling is so good for your health is why most professional sportsmen and women include cycling as part of their fitness regime. Everyone from racing drivers to athletes and rowers get on their bikes to build up their cardio fitness, strengthen their legs, and build stamina. However, cycling can benefit you in other ways too.

Good for your mental health

Numerous studies show that cycling is good for your mental health. Getting out in the countryside takes you away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. It allows you time to think and sort through some of the things that are playing on your mind. Riding through nice scenery has a relaxing effect, which lasts for days after.

Cycling provides a great opportunity to socialise

Cycling can be a very sociable pastime. In most towns, there are cycle clubs. It does not really matter what type of cycling you enjoy you will find a club nearby where you can join others and enjoy your pastime. It is a great way to meet other people with similar interests and goals to you. Joining a cycling club is a quick way to grow your social circle.

See more of your local area

Going out on your bike on a regular basis gives you the option to get to know your local area better.

The chance to go on some great holidays

Once you get your cycling legs sorted, you will be able to cycle long distances without aching. That means you can start to enjoy cycling holidays. If you want to get to know a country, cycling is a great way to do it. There are some great cycling holidays available across the globe. These holidays take you off the beaten track and let you see a side of a country that you would not normally see on a traditional holiday.

Helps you to become more goal orientated

When you start cycling, the chances are that you will begin to set yourself goals. It starts small – you see how long it takes you to cycle your favourite route, then next thing you know you are shaving minutes then seconds off your time. Setting small goals and achieving them is a good habit to get into. In time, this habit spills over into other parts of your life helping you to be more productive.

Healthier joints

Cycling improves your circulation as well as your respiratory health. This is great for your joints because it helps your body to carry the toxins out of your body instead of settling in your joints and causing stiffness and other problems.

Sleep better

The kind of exercise you get when you cycle helps you to unwind. This makes it easier for you to fall asleep and get a good night of sleep. Often cyclists sleep better than other people do.