As a leading chiropractic clinic in Ealing, we actively encourage our clients to take part in anything that benefits health and fitness – so we’re pretty excited about Bike Week happening this month!
Taking place between the 11th and 19th June, Bike Week is set to attract hundreds of thousands of people to join cycling events, rethink their commutes and journeys and switch to cycling as their preferred choice of transport. And this year’s event is particularly interesting as it has a specific focus on encouraging people to cycle to work. Many participants will take part in fun workplace challenges such as discovering the easiest route to their workplace or “buddying up” with riding partners.
So what exactly are the health benefits of cycling to work?
Our Ealing chiropractor sets the wheels in motion with five ways cycling can improve your health:
1: You’ll Sleep Better
An early morning bike ride may increase your chances of sleeping better. When you take part in outdoor exercise, your circadian rhythm is put back into sync, and your body starts to rid itself of cortisol – the stress hormone that can prevent deep, regenerative sleep.
2: You’ll have Improved Brain Power
You may find that you’re razor-sharp at the office after a cycle to work as a simple bike ride can boost blood flow and oxygen to the brain which fires and regenerates receptors.
3: You’ll be able to Better Fight Illness
“A cycle a day keeps the doctor away”; that’s how the saying should go as regularly riding your bike can increase the activity of immune cells; making them ready to fight off infections.
4: You Could Live Longer
By cycling regularly, you can reduce your risk of developing obesity, type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and high blood pressure.
5: You’ll Lose Weight
Many people think jogging is the best way to drop those extra pounds, but running may not be too kind of your skeleton if you’re a little heavier than you’d like to be. When your feet strike the ground as you run, two to three times your body weight thumps through your body. On a bike, most of your weight is taken by the seat.
What’s stopping you from joining the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in Bike Week this month?
You can find out more by clicking here: http://bikeweek.org.uk/us