Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar: scientists named 7 reasons to start cycling

What else is a bicycle useful for

Protects against depression

The fact that, in general, any physical activity is good for the psyche and good mood is far from news. However, some of its species are especially useful. So, Yale and Oxford scientists conducted a large-scale study in which they analyzed the data of more than 1.2 million Americans. It showed that regular team sports had the strongest effect on improving well-being. Also, researchers noticed positive effects when riding a bicycle, aerobics and classes in the gym. However, the increase in workload was not always associated with a large improvement in mood.

“Researchers observed the greatest effect with 45 minutes of physical activity three to five days a week. However, they linked more than three hours of exercise with poorer mental health compared to no exercise.” — notes edition of Focus with reference to the results of the work.

Prolongs youth

In addition, it turned out that the love for active cycling can prolong youth. According to American researchers, just three short intervals of “approach to the projectile” per week help to slow down the aging of cells – enough for 16 minutes of high-intensity cycling at a time (a little less than an hour in total per week).

As the scientists explain, the slowing down of cell aging in this case may be associated with a sharp increase during training in the so-called cellular respiration (mitochondrial respiration).

Treats headache

In one of the small studies reported by Focus, scientists determined how cycling affected the frequency and intensity of migraines. Study participants did endurance training three times a week for 45 minutes each time. Training included, in addition to the bicycle, classes on cross-trainers and brisk walking. The researchers compared the results of the athletes with a control group whose participants did not do endurance exercises.

It turned out that the participants who completed the exercises suffered less from migraines and were generally better able to cope with them in their daily lives. In addition, they had reduced intensity of headaches and neck pain.

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