For most of us, a sedentary lifestyle has become part of our daily routine. Sitting down for hours on end, whether it's for work or our social life, requires getting a little creative in order to inject some activity into our day-to-day!
Why do we need to be active? Living an active lifestyle boasts more benefits than one might think. For starters, it lowers our blood pressure. In a study of 83,882 women conducted by Brigham and the Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, it was found that "women with a body mass index greater than 25 had a significantly higher instance of developing hypertension than those women with a body mass index lower than or equal to 25.”
Being active also strengthens your heart. The heart is a muscle just like your biceps and triceps. If we train it, it gets stronger. Regular exercise strengthens the heart, respiratory system and lungs which aid in reducing the risk of heart disease.
One of the biggest problems to date in the U.S. is Diabetes. Nationwide, diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the past 20 years. In fact, more than 29 million American adults have diabetes. Cardiovascular exercise increases our bodies sensitivity to insulin levels and helps us maintain a healthy body weight. Exercise keeps body fat in control and helps regulate sugar levels.
So there you have it, its a fact: We need to be more active. But we are all so busy, how do we fit it in? Well, a great way to start is to re-consider your commute!
According to Project WNYC, the average commute to work in the United States is around 25.4 minutes. So a round trip of 50.8 minutes. If we changed the way we commute to work and used a bike instead, we could all benefit and as a result be healthier and happier.
Cycling is a low impact cardiovascular workout. Unlike running, cycling is not strenuous on your joints. In a recent study, scientists compared groups of long-distance runners and cyclists. They found that runners suffered 133-144% more muscle damage and had 256% more inflammation than the cyclists. Dr. Safran-Norton, a renown physical therapist, says that that makes cycling the obvious choice for anyone with joint pain or age-related stiffness.
The E-bike Bonus: You can choose exactly how much strain you want to put on yourself if you're running late or you don’t have the time for a shower at the office. Just use the motor to assist your needs!
Cycling saves time. If you think about your morning commute, whether you drive or use public transport, there is a lot of sitting involved. This happens in traffic, waiting at the bus/train stop, looking for parking etc. All that time, we could be contributing to our daily physical activity and reducing our stress levels at the same time!
E-bike Bonus: Many times, regular biking is considered an inconvenience simply because of the effort required, compared to cars and other transportation options.With an ebike, however, the possibilities of saving money on parking, tickets, gas and the added bonus of doing your part to help reduce global pollution levels, become a reality!
Cycling daily will improve your quality of sleep. Researchers at the University of Georgia studied men and women aged 20 to 85 over a period of 35 years and found that a drop in physical activity as insignificant as 2%, resulted in serious sleep issues. Being active throughout your day will make sure that when bedtime rolls around it won't take long for you to be sleeping like a baby!
E-bike Bonus: Your new hobby might even introduce you to some new friends who are also taking the required steps to live a healthier life! Cycling is an incredibly sociable sport and before you know it you will be riding your bike for fun and not just your health!
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