Riding a bike regularly gives you huge health benefits. When your body is active there are numerous long-term benefits for your immune system.
In the Coronavirus era, it’s good to know that biking can make you more resistant to becoming severely ill and improve your recovery if you do catch COVID-19. Ride and be strong!
Riding a bike reduces your levels of stress hormones. When your body feels stress, the presence of stress hormones increase your chances of getting ill. Bike riding and other forms of exercise lower your stress hormone levels and help protect you against illness (Source: Medline Plus).
Being outside and getting sunshine on your skin boosts your vitamin D production, which further strengthens your immune system. Soak those rays up :)
If you keep riding for a while, you will also unlock a multitude of long-term health benefits. A thorough study in Glasgow found that people who commute to work by bike have 41% lower risk of dying from all causes compared to people that drive or take public transport to work.
The same study also found that cycle commuters have a 52% lower risk of dying from heart-related disease and a 45% lower risk of developing cancer. Read more in this Forbes article.
We recommend that anybody who can get out and ride for exercise or essential travel. Even 10 minutes is enough to get you hooked and there’s never been a better time to ride and boost your immune system.