Cycling Doesn’t Just Make You Healthier It Makes You Smarter Happier too!
Mumbai gets its first ‘Sunday-cycle‘ track, where two lanes will especially be dedicated for cyclists from NCPA theatre to Worli Sea link every Sunday. It’s a great news for the cyclists of the city, and also for the environment. The environment should be our top priority keeping in mind the current situation of air pollution in the country, and add physical benefits of cycling to the list, it’s completely a win-win situation.
But did you know there are mental benefits of cycling too?
Yes, there’s a close relationship between cycling and the way your brain functions.
So, How Does Cycling Make Your Brain Stronger?
It Improves Blood Flow to the Brain
Exercise in the form of cycling can improve blood flow to the brain leading to more nutrients and oxygen that makes the brain stronger and also helps it function better.
It Builds Your Brain’s Muscles
According to Selene Yeager, “When you pedal, you also force more nerve cells to fire. As these neurons light up, they intensify the creation of proteins like brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a compound called noggin, which promote the formation of new brain cells.”
Simply said, the amount of hours spent working on your bike pedal does not only help your quads and glutes but also builds your brain’s muscles.
It Helps You Focus
The release of neurotransmitters during the process helps the brain to handle difficult tasks as well. Dopamine is one of the neurotransmitters, which helps you focus on day-to-day things. Scientists claim that cycling boosts the production of Dopamine, which in turn helps you keep yourself focused.
How Cycling Makes You Happy?
It Helps to Reduce Anxiety and Stress
Research has shown that people have been able to reduce significant amounts of anxiety and stress and in some cases, even eliminate it. This has helped people to decrease the number of antidepressants and medications taken to fight these problems, which then leads to a healthier life.
It Boosts Your Mood
One of the major benefits of cycling is that it boosts your mood and helps tackle depression. How? Cycling releases the feel-good chemicals, one of which is serotonin. It is the mood neurotransmitter which keeps you emotionally stable, boosts your self-confidence and also keeps you positive, resulting in happiness.
But, How Much Cycling is Good?
Well, if daily cycling increases brain functions considerably, all riders must be incredibly smart, right? Not exactly. Studies have shown that too much intense cycling like interval training can actually decrease memory in the short term.
Finding the right spot can be different for everyone, but 30-60 minutes should be just good, where you can enjoy the ride and improve your mood as well.
So, go on and enjoy cycling on the 11-km parallel track every Sunday from 6 am to 10 am and get the amazing benefits of cycling, while you also do your city a favor to help reduce air pollution!