Senior area manager at Citywide Home Loans in Greenwood Village, Colorado, Gavin Ekstrom likes to stay active by playing basketball and other sports. Gavin Ekstrom enjoys biking, which offers a plethora of physical and mental health benefits. For example, here are three reasons to jump on two wheels –
1. Biking strengthens the body. Riding a bike gets the blood pumping without the same knee and joint injury risks as running. It serves as a full body and cardiovascular workout, exercising not just the legs, but also the lower back, arms, and shoulders. Biking a few miles a couple times a week can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 50 percent.
2. Biking mixes exercise with travel. While biking can obviously be used to get from place to place, many people enjoy using it as a way to explore their towns and see places that they may have missed when traveling by car.
3. Riding a bike can help reduce stress. Studies have shown that those who commute by bike have lower stress levels than those who drive. Even if only biking for exercise or fun, this activity produces “feel good” hormones. The repetitive pedaling motion can also put one at ease.