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3rd June: World Bicycle Day

You can't be sad while riding a bike


Cycling apparently not only provides physical benefits, but also mental benefits. A study found that, compared to all types of transportation, people who cycled were happier than those who drove cars or used public transportation.


According to the UK's Mental Health Foundation (MHF), cycling can improve your mood in the same way as other physical exercise, namely affecting the release and absorption of chemicals in the brain and making you feel enveloped in a good mood.


They cite a study that says that physical exercise can make people feel happier, alert and calm. The positive impact is most pronounced if before cycling your mood is in a bad condition.


Benefits of Cycling

Apart from being mentally or spiritually beneficial, if done regularly, you can also experience the health benefits below:


1. Healthy Heart

According to a study conducted by Purdue University, USA, exercise such as cycling regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 50 percent.


2. Healthy and Strong Muscles

A person pedaling a bicycle uses almost all the major muscle groups in the body. By doing cycling, apart from training your breathing, your body muscles will also be trained.


3. Good for Endurance and Stamina

Cycling is a good activity for training a person's endurance and stamina, so it has a positive impact on body health. Cycling trains heart health, supports effective breathing, and helps maintain a stable weight.


4. Minimal risk of injury

Cycling is a type of low-impact sports activity. Therefore, cycling is less likely to cause injury or problems with muscles and joints than other sports.


5. Increases body endurance

According to research conducted at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, exercising (including cycling) regularly can increase the body's immunity by up to 40 percent compared to people who don't exercise at all.


World Bicycle Day


World Bicycle Day is celebrated every 3rd June. This celebration is carried out with the aim of increasing public awareness of health.


Bicycles are an alternative means of transportation that is healthy and economical and supports sustainable development. Using a bicycle is also more environmentally friendly because it does not require fuel and does not produce carbon emissions which will cause air pollution.


Destinations for celebrating World Bicycle Day


Reporting from the official WHO website, World Bicycle Day is a form of commemoration to make people aware of the benefits of using bicycles as a means of daily transportation.


WHO itself actively promotes the health benefits of cycling, especially in increasing a person's physical activity. By cycling regularly, you will reduce the risk of developing cancer and diabetes. Apart from physical health, of course cycling can contribute to reducing air pollution and noise on the streets.


Want to Start Cycling?


Bicycles can indeed be said to be a great invention that has many functions in human life.


As a child, a child is usually given a bicycle as a vehicle for playing, whether around the house or when traveling with the family. Growing up, bicycles were also often used as a means of transportation.


For those who are interested in starting a new, more environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle by cycling, here are tips for beginners:


1. Choose the right bicycle when choosing a bicycle

Make sure you really understand what the bicycle you want to buy is for. What kind of route do you want to take and how often will you use the bicycle?


2. Pay attention to comfort

If we observe, senior cyclists will usually adjust the condition of their bicycles to improve comfort when used.


3. Have safety equipment

If you really intend to be optimal in cycling, there's no harm in starting to pay in installments for various safety equipment for cycling. The following is some safety equipment that can be paid in installments to support cycling activities:


  • Helmet Lock padlock (if you plan to leave your bicycle and stop at several places)

  • Bike lights Gloves (in winter)

  • Mini pump (for travel use)


4. Pay attention to your intake when cycling

If you are used to other sports, such as running or swimming, you are certainly aware of the energy requirements your body needs to carry out these activities. Likewise with cycling.

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