Cycling Also Fits Easily Into A Daily Routine, Daniel Kamensky Says
Cycling benefits the body and mind, says Daniel Kamensky, an avid cyclist and founder of Kingston Valley Enterprises. Cycling also fits easily into a busy schedule; you can ride to work or school or as part of a daily exercise routine, he says.
Kamensky, an attorney and entrepreneur who also founded Atomic Express Car Wash, cycles regularly and participates in triathlons, which include swimming, biking, and running.
Physical Health Benefits
A primary benefit of cycling is improved cardiovascular fitness. A recent study found that cyclists had 15 percent fewer heart attacks than noncyclists. Even cycling for short intervals can enhance cardiovascular fitness if done regularly, Kamensky says. Cycling is also a low-impact activity that protects joints so it can be an ideal cardio exercise for arthritis patients.
Cycling can also improve strength and stability and can improve posture and balance. It also burns about 300 calories an hour, contributing to an overall healthy lifestyle, Dan Kamensky says. A daily 30-minute bike ride will also burn nearly five kilograms of fat over a year.
Studies have also linked cycling with reduced risks of certain types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. Cycling also tends to lower blood pressure, as well.
Mental Health Benefits
One in five Americans faces mental health issues each year. Cycling provides several mental health benefits that lower the risk of developing serious mental health issues. Kamensky believes strongly that cycling helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Cycling lowers the stress hormone cortisol levels and releases endorphins, which help us feel better.
Cycling can improve self-esteem, especially if you set goals for yourself and achieve them. It also improves sleep, which, in turn, improves mental wellness.
You can enjoy cycling alone when you need solitude or with family and friends as a social event. Exercising outdoors adds to the mood-boosting benefits of cycling. Studies show that outdoor activities improve well-being and enjoyment, Kamensky says.
Cycling provides focus for your mind, which can help increase mindfulness, Dan Kamensky says. Regular, vigorous exercise such as cycling also can slow down brain deterioration, lowering the risk of experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.