Cycling has a number of health benefits such as reducing stress, anxiety, and depression due to the physical exercise involved as well as the simple enjoyment of riding a bicycle. A excellent form of aerobic exercise, it causes the release of endorphins, the feel good hormone. Cycling also has much less impact on the knees, legs, feet, and ankles than running while still actively engaging the muscles, making cycling ideal for cross training as well as for recovering from some types of injuries.
A cycling regimen improves the heart, circulation, and lungs, lowering the chances of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure, and it may lower the risk of bowel cancer as well as breast cancer. Cycling is also an effective way of reducing or controlling weight, provided it is done enough to burn sufficient calories.