Benefits of Riding

Benefits of Riding2018-02-25T08:33:39+00:00

Bike riding is one of the most effective ways to improve your physical and mental health. The activity is low impact and can be done by almost anyone, regardless of fitness.

HEALTH

Riding a bike can have many health benefits:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce risk of chronic diseases
  • Manage weight
  • Increase fitness
  • Improve sleep
  • Develop motor skills
  • Improve concentration and enhance memory
  • Emotional health – improve levels of well-being, self-confidence and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness

The following facts reveal that the WA community needs to be more active:

  • 70% of adults are inactive or have low levels of physical activity
  • 65% of children are not getting the recommended levels of daily physical activity
  • 90% of young people are not getting the recommended levels of daily physical activity
  • 63% of adults are overweight or obese
  • 25% of children are overweight or obese

SOCIAL

  • Encourage family and community connectedness
  • Improve social skills and networks
  • Reduce isolation and loneliness
  • Enhance self esteem and confidence
  • Create safer places

ECONOMIC

  • Produce health savings
  • Create employment
  • Attract tourism
  • Become a means of transport
  • Support local business
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Reduce crime
  • Reduce congestion cost

ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Reduce traffic congestion
  • Reduce air pollution
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions
  • Reduce noise pollution

More cycling is good news for the environment and your local community although the biggest benefit is for you as an individual.

REFERENCES

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey: Physical Activity, 2011-12, 2013
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/Lookup/4364.0.55.004Chapter1002011-12 [Accessed 03 May 2016]

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HEALTH MATTERS

Bicycling Western Australia believes cycling has many benefits that improve the health of our community.

CYCLING HAS MANY BENEFITS, HERE ARE SOME OF THEM:

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL

  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce risk of chronic diseases
  • Manage weight
  • Improve sleep
  • Develop motor skills
  • Improve concentration and enhance memory and learning
  • Assist in the management of anxiety and depression

INCREASING FITNESS

Your strength, stamina, aerobic fitness and general muscle function will all be improved. Cycling is a low impact activity and one of the safest ways to exercise without risk of over-exertion or strain to muscles and joints. Regular physical activity also facilitates other healthy behaviour and could help you reduce weight or even give up smoking.

LOWERING RISK OF HEART ATTACK

Your heart muscles are strengthened, resting pulse is lowered and blood fat levels reduced. People taking regular physical activity suffer far less heart disease than people who don\’t!

SHEDDING EXCESS WEIGHT

By burning body fat and raising your metabolic rate you can lose weight. If you undertake physical activity regularly you can enjoy a more varied diet without increasing body weight. Cycling is one of the more comfortable forms of physical activity for those who are new to exercise, allowing most people to get fit easily and safely without undue physical strain.

REDUCING STRESS

Anxiety, stress and depression are all alleviated, partly due to the physical activity itself, but also due to the pleasure and satisfaction of riding a bike. Cycling is convenient for short journeys, and often faster across town than other forms of transport. It\’s a stress free means of taking physical activity because it can form part of a daily routine. So there\’s no need to worry about fitting your new healthy lifestyle into an already overcrowded schedule.
So come and ride with us – you\’ll feel better for it!

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