Here is yet another benefit of cycling – it has been scientifically proven to improve the length and quality of sleep, which in turn boosts overall health and happiness.
While there are many reasons why you might want to start cycling, such as improving your health and boosting your general fitness, don’t overlook the mental health benefits. Research shows that one in three cyclists find that cycling reduces their stress levels.
This post is about 5 ways that cycling can boost your brain function. People who cycle often do so to boost their physical health. But it’s exciting to learn that cycling also helps to build a better brain, both functionally and structurally. Here’s what science says about the cognitive benefits of pedaling.
As a cyclist, you know hydration is important — but that doesn’t mean you don’t have questions. For a crash course in everything you need to know about hydration, check out the following FAQs about hydration for cyclists. A little knowledge and a lot of common sense are really all you need to ensure you are sufficiently hydrated for your bike rides!
Cycling gives you ample opportunities for mindfulness, meditation, and generally being in the moment. This post explains how to combine meditation and cycling, for optimal mental health benefits while cycling. It includes excellent tips to guide you on how to practice mindfulness while cycling.
Retirement is a great time to take up a new and exciting hobby – cycling! Not only will you have fun, but cycling has a whole range of exciting benefits that you can read about right here. Put that bus pass away, because after you hear about the benefits of cycling during retirement, you’ll be stuck to the saddle!
Just because you are getting older does not mean you have to give up your love of mountain biking. In fact, mountain biking can help you age gracefully and keep up your strength. A well-trained rider can ride through anything, regardless of their age. That being said, it is important to understand that the body of a 40-year-old is different from that of a 20-year-old. So we’ve put together these 7 tips to help you keep mountain biking after age 40.
Here are three case studies of seniors who have come back from illness by exercising on electric bikes. The challenges they faced included multiple heart attacks, cancer, neurological problems, and stroke. But they didn’t let that stop them – they got out there on e-bikes, and they kept on exercising and enjoying life! Because of cycling on e-bikes, they have all enjoyed an improvement in their health, and a better quality of life. And they are all bravely modelling how to NOT go gently into that good night.
If you’re planning to get fit, or maybe even want to train to do a charity bike ride, consider how you are going to monitor the intensity of your workouts. The Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is the easiest way to measure exercise intensity – and it’s free! This post shows you how to use perceived rate of exertion to get fit.
Watch: 3 exercises for cycling knee pain. To prevent cycling knee pain, all of the muscles that control your knees must be strong. This video shows 3 simple exercises for your knees. Doing these exercises will prevent and cure cycling knee pain.
Here are 7 ways to prevent cycling knee pain. A few easy, simple, and inexpensive actions will prevent cycling knee pain and keep you on your bike! Includes video that shows you how to strengthen your knees to prevent cycling knee pain.
Researchers have proven that very short sprint intervals of intense cycling can yield impressive health and fitness benefits. This means it is possible to get fit in much less time than was previously thought. It is possible to get just as fit in 30 minutes a week as in two and a half hours per week. This breaks down to three 10-minute workouts, as compared to three 50-minute workouts. No, it’s not another crazy get fit fad, and you don’t have to buy anything – it’s simply more proof of the enormous benefits of sprint interval training (i.e. exercise sessions that include very short bursts of very intense effort).
Research shows that cycling makes your brain grow! A research study out of Finland confirms what all cyclists know intuitively – cycling is good for our brains. Cycling makes your brain grow!
I believe in New Years resolutions. One of the most beautiful things about human beings is that we are always trying to be better. Let’s have a word with the man or woman in the mirror, and make a change in 2016! The only way we can improve the world is by improving ourselves.
Here are my Top 4 reasons to cycle more: To build lean muscle; to lose weight cycling; to improve mental health; and to improve physical health.
My Matcha Life CEO Calli O’Brien demonstrates the ancient ways of Matcha tea making (North American style). Watch the step-by-step video demo. You will be surprised to see how easy it is to make matcha tea!
Many people think that the main health benefit of cycling is weight loss. Sure, it helps – but the main health benefit of cycling is that exercise will dramatically improve your health throughout your life. In fact, exercise has so many health benefits that the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has declared that exercise is a miracle cure for most of the diseases that kill us.
My Matcha Life’s Barista’s Matcha is perfect for cyclists because it boosts energy, increases focus and helps you to feel happier and calmer. Many people have also found it helps with weight loss. Try Matcha tea to take your cycling to a new level!
If you’re planning to get fit, or maybe even want to train to do a charity bike ride, consider how you are going to monitor the intensity of your workouts – and consider getting a decent heart rate monitor. This post shows how you can use perceived rate of exertion to start getting fit, and recommends that you use the precision of a heart rate monitor to take it to the next level.
Here’s another free recipe from our soon-to-be-published cookbook, Extraordinary Recipes – How We Lost Weight by Eating Well. This recipe is for Mexican chicken – a top family favorite, which we usually eat once a week. We have a rich creamy winter version and a lighter summers version. It tastes almost sinfully delicious, but it’s actually a very healthy meal.