7 Benefits of Biking Every Single Day

Day 106/365: I biked every day for the last month, and it was greater than great!

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Setting up a new routine is no easy task. There’s a lot of mental preparation and convincing to do. Whenever I start doing something new, anything new, I spend more time convincing myself about the benefits of doing it, than actually preparing for it in a physical way.

About a month ago or so, I bought a brand new bike and I started biking every day. I usually bike every other day for 30 minutes, which gives me about 10 to 15 kilometres of total length, but also in the rest of the days, whether it’s for 5 or 10 or 20 kilometres or if it’s for going to the groceries store and back home.

“The pain you feel today is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow” — Unknown

Routine is important, that’s what I’m trying to say here. Once you’re fine with a routine, you need to keep at it. That gets hard sometimes, so what you need to do is to make a list of the benefits that you earn because of doing it.

Benefits

As with any physical exercise that you do often, biking also has some serious implications in your daily life. You’ll feel it in your legs, but also in your breathing, in the steadiness of the heart and its rhythm, and in the overall mood. Here are 7 benefits that you’ll get to enjoy after a month or so.

  1. Discipline — This is where working out every day for long periods of time really shows to be beneficial. It disciplines you to do it not only because it’s good for you, but simply because you have to do it. No questions asked. No excuses. Discipline is the best benefit you can get from anything you do.
  2. Legs power — I always get sore legs at the end of my rides. It’s no big deal. I’m just starting out. But as a benefit contrary to the pain, my legs feel 10x more powerful than they felt a month ago. I can’t wait to develop the strength to go for those 50 kilometres-long rides like I used to.
  3. Better mood — Going for a bike ride in the middle of a busy freelancing afternoon is simply bliss. You can’t get in a better mood than by doing something physical after spending 4 hours in front of a computer screen. When I go out, I just feel my muscles relaxing, my jaws declustering and my heart starting to buzz away after the initial effort. It’s mood-enhancing in the best way possible.
  4. Higher water intake — Drinking water is a good thing to do, especially when active. It simply purifies your insides, cluttered with the sometimes junky food you eat. It’s really the only thing that you can put in your body and be 100% it has no side effects.
  5. Good fitness — Biking develops your overall fitness strength. I can go faster now whenever I’m doing any activity, even when I’m showering or cooking. I can climb stairs faster and I don’t mind walking to a friend who stays 3 blocks away, rather than driving there.
  6. Regular eating — When you start a biking routine, it’s usually because you want to get in better shape. Eating is extremely important for that, so after I started biking, I also started to take better care of the things I eat. I go for salads and grilled meats now, rather than fries with ketchup or cake. I feel leaner, I already dropped quite a few pounds and cravings are at an all-time low for me, which is amazing.
  7. Clearer mind — Finally, biking is the same as with meditating, if you think about it. You’re out on the road, there’s nothing but you and the bike, the wind and the sounds, the images and the peddaling. Biking clears my mind better than reading or any other activity does. It works wonders for erasing loud thoughts and gets you more relaxed, the more you do it.

What kind of sports do you practice and how regular do you do it? Also, if you’re a good cyclist, share some tips with a beginner.

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