Do you wheelie love your body? But don’t like to biking? Here’s the health benefits of biking you should know.

Bike riding is a workout routine that’s kind to your body, and the health benefits of biking are vast. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, strengthen your muscles, or prevent yourself from getting a disease, bike riding can help you every step of the way!

Awesome Health Benefits of Biking

While you might think looking, and feeling good, would be at the top of everyone’s to-do list, it’s not. According to the CDC, only 23% of Americans are meeting the nation’s physical activity guidelines.

When asking Americans why they don’t exercise more, the CDC found most people lack motivation and confidence when it comes to exercising. While other individuals said they don’t workout because exercising is boring.

Luckily, if you can ride a bike, you can have fun, while pedaling your way to a healthier you. Read on to learn about the powerful health benefits of bike riding.

Benefits of Biking for Beginners

As a bicyclist, you’ll be enjoying some of the best health benefits, along with convenient exercise perks. Here are a few of the top benefits of biking:

  • Low impact
  • Total muscle workout
  • Easy to learn
  • Builds strength and stamina
  • Intensity can change
  • Time conscious
  • Fun activity

If you don’t have a bike already, take your time finding the best bicycles. Once you find a bike that fits your body and riding style, you can begin enjoying the numerous health benefits biking offers.

Whole Body Benefits

Unlike other exercises, like running, biking is a low impact workout. exercises that are low impact cause fewer injuries and strains, than other more intense workout routines.

Even though biking is a low impact workout, that doesn’t mean your whole body doesn’t benefit. As you ride your bicycle, you’ll be using all of your major muscle groups, and getting them in prime shape.

If your Major Muscle Groups are out of Shape

No worries. Unlike other sports, cycling doesn’t require you to have high skill levels. Once you learn how to pedal, your brain will most likely remember, no matter how many years go by.

Next, bicycling is also a great way to build your strength and stamina. As you cycle you’ll increase your stamina and strength through your aerobic workout. You can also tailor your workout to be as easy, or as intense as you want.

A Fun and Time Efficient Workout

If your day seems to busy to squeeze in a workout than you definitely should consider biking. Attach your bicycle to your vehicle, and you’ll have a mobile gym with you wherever you go. You are the boss of how long or short your biking sessions are, as well as how intense you’d like them to be.

Finally, biking is just plain fun! Who wants to hit the gym, or lift weights, when they can zoom around, pedaling their way to fitness? Bikers enjoy getting fresh air, seeing new sights, and all while keeping their body in shape.
Health Benefits of Long-Term Bicycling

Benefits of Regular Cycling

So far, we’ve been discussing the benefits of biking, when you’re just starting. However, when you choose to use bicycling as your main form of exercise, you’ll begin to build up additional benefits over time. Here are some of the health benefits regular bicyclists can enjoy:

  • cardiovascular fitness
  • muscle flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • Better posture and coordination
  • Disease prevention
  • Less anxiety and depression

Mental health conditions, such as depression, or anxiety, can experience relief with cycling. Since cycling is an aerobic activity, it involves your lungs, heart, and blood vessels. As you breathe deeper, and sweat, your body temperature also goes up, which increases your overall fitness level.

Balance and Coordination

You can also cycle as a way to increase your overall balance and coordination. As you bicycle regularly, you’ll reduce your chances of falling down or fracturing your bones.

Individuals who have osteoarthritis will be able to improve their bone health, without stressing out their joints. While cycling won’t specifically treat or help the bone-thinning disease, osteoporosis, it’s still a helpful non-weight bearing exercise.

Obesity and Weight Management

Bike riders are less likely to become obese, and if they are overweight, aerobic exercise can help them shed unwanted pounds. As you cycle, you’ll be raising your metabolic rate, building muscle, and burning fat.

If your main goal of bicycling is to lose weight, make sure you also eat a well-balanced diet. Remember, you can build up your bicycling routine to suit your skill level. Rather than starting too strong, ease your way into bicycling a little bit every week, slowly increasing the intensity of your sessions.

Cycling and Cardiovascular disease

Earlier, we mentioned that since bicycling is an aerobic exercise, it’s a great way to get a cardiovascular workout. As you strengthen your cardiovascular system, you’ll also be protecting your body against the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases.

Different cardiovascular disease will affect your body in numerous ways. While some cause stroke, other forms o the disease will raise your blood pressure, and or, give you a heart attack. As you pedal, your heart muscles strengthen, your resting pulse lowers, and you also reduce blood fat levels.

Live Your Best Life with the Benefits of Biking

Now you know more about the benefits of biking, for new bikers and veteran riders. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds or take a proactive stance to protect your health, bicycling can help you reach your goals. We hope that our article will inspire you to go outside, and pedal your way to a healthier life.

It’s our goal to guide our readers to the answer they’re looking for. Whether you need health tips, financial advice, or any other type of advice, we want to help. Go ahead and check out the rest of our health and fitness section today.

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If You Want to be as Great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Sir Richard Branson, Read This

Success, real insane success is a marathon. Oh, and there are no shortcuts. You can’t spring your way to greatness. It takes times, a very long time.

Here is Richard Branson’s business timeline – his business ventures from the 1960s to today. It’s a very long list. It will give you an idea of what it took him to get to now.

These are two of the most upvoted responses on Quora to this question: “How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Sir Richard Branson?

1. Justine Musk, Canadian author, and the first wife of Elon Musk

Extreme success results from an extreme personality and comes at the cost of many other things. Extreme success is different from what I suppose you could just consider ‘success’, so know that you don’t have to be Richard or Elon to be affluent and accomplished and maintain a great lifestyle.

Your odds of happiness are better that way. But if you’re extreme, you must be what you are, which means that happiness is more or less beside the point. These people tend to be freaks and misfits who were forced to experience the world in an unusually challenging way.

They developed strategies to survive, and as they grow older they find ways to apply these strategies to other things, and create for themselves a distinct and powerful advantage.

They don’t think the way other people think. They see things from angles that unlock new ideas and insights. Other people consider them to be somewhat insane.

Be obsessed.

Be obsessed.

Be obsessed.

If you’re not obsessed, then stop what you’re doing and find whatever does obsess you. It helps to have an ego, but you must be in service to something bigger if you are to inspire the people you need to help you  (and make no mistake, you will need them).

That ‘something bigger’ prevents you from going off into the ether when people flock round you and tell you how fabulous you are when you aren’t and how great your stuff is when it isn’t. Don’t pursue something because you “want to be great”.

Pursue something because it fascinates you, because the pursuit itself engages and compels you. Extreme people combine brilliance and talent with an *insane* work ethic, so if the work itself doesn’t drive you, you will burn out or fall by the wayside or your extreme competitors will crush you and make you cry.

Follow your obsessions until a problem starts to emerge, a big meaty challenging problem that impacts as many people as possible, that you feel hellbent to solve or die trying.

It might take years to find that problem, because you have to explore different bodies of knowledge, collect the dots and then connect and complete them.

It helps to have superhuman energy and stamina. If you are not blessed with godlike genetics, then make it a point to get into the best shape possible.

There will be jet lag, mental fatigue, bouts of hard partying, loneliness, pointless meetings, major setbacks, family drama, issues with the Significant Other you rarely see, dark nights of the soul, people who bore and annoy you, little sleep, less sleep than that. Keep your body sharp to keep your mind sharp. It pays off.

Learn to handle a level of stress that would break most people.

Don’t follow a pre-existing path, and don’t look to imitate your role models. There is no “next step”. Extreme success is not like other kinds of success; what has worked for someone else, probably won’t work for you.

They are individuals with bold points of view who exploit their very particular set of unique and particular strengths. They are unconventional, and one reason they become the entrepreneurs they become is because they can’t or don’t or won’t fit into the structures and routines of corporate life.

They are dyslexic, they are autistic, they have ADD, they are square pegs in round holes, they piss people off, get into arguments, rock the boat, laugh in the face of paperwork.

But they transform weaknesses in ways that create added advantage — the strategies I mentioned earlier — and seek partnerships with people who excel in the areas where they have no talent whatsoever.

They do not fear failure — or they do, but they move ahead anyway. They will experience heroic, spectacular, humiliating, very public failure but find a way to reframe until it isn’t failure at all.

When they fail in ways that other people won’t, they learn things that other people don’t and never will. They have incredible grit and resilience.

They are unlikely to be reading stuff like this. (This is *not* to slam or criticize people who do; I love to read this stuff myself.) They are more likely to go straight to a book: perhaps a biography of Alexander the Great or Catherine the Great* or someone else they consider Great.

Surfing the ‘Net is a deadly timesuck, and given what they know their time is worth — even back in the day when technically it was not worth that — they can’t afford it.

I could go on, it’s a fascinating subject, but you get the idea. I wish you luck and strength and perhaps a stiff drink should you need it.

2. Michael Simmons, Co-Founder, Empact & Award-Winning Entrepreneur

Most of these people have focused on individual traits such as hard work, deliberate practice, etc.. But when we look in the real world, we see that individual traits aren’t the whole story.

There are so many people who work extremely hard, have great ideas, plan out big things and so forth, yet they are not nearly as successful as these four legends.

I myself am an entrepreneur. I have been since the age of 16. Recently though, I had the same underlying question you had.

Because of that, I went out searching for the answer.

Through my interviews I do for Forbes, I recently came across the field of network science. This field has studied how people become successful from a completely different angle. They’ve found that how we build our network may be the best predictor of success.

Since then, I have interviewed many of the world’s top network scientists on a quest to understand how networks create competitive advantage in business and careers.

Out of the four legends that have been mentioned, I feel that the best person to showcase as a prime example of how networks impact success is  Steve Jobs.

Since then, books have been written and movies have been made.

Each has celebrated his legacy and aimed to share the secrets he used to build the largest company in the world; things like attention to detail, attracting world-class talent and holding them to high standards.

We think we understand what caused his success.

We don’t.

We dismiss usable principles of success by labeling them as personality quirks.

What’s often missed is the paradoxical interplay of two of his seemingly opposite qualities;

  1. Maniacal focus
  2. Insatiable curiosity

These weren’t just two random strengths. They may have been his most important as they helped lead to everything else.

Jobs’ curiosity fueled his passion and provided him with access to unique insights, skills, values, and world-class people who complemented his own skillset. Job’s focus brought those to bear in the world of personal electronics.

I don’t just say this as someone who has devoured practically every article, interview, and book featuring him.

I say this as someone who has been monomaniacal in the study and research of what the underlying key components are that create career success.

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