Many things have indeed changed over the years. I mean, back during the days, there was no computer. There was no smart phone, no internet, no Facebook or Twitter. There was only plain old "world."
Now, when we hear the word “world," it can refer to all sorts of things. It could be about the internet world. It could relate to the outside world. It could apply to the gaming world. The list goes on. But there was a time when the world only referred to one thing: the very ground we're stepping on.
Back then, when kids felt bored, they would step outside and get some fresh air. They'd go for a brisk walk. They'd go to the library. They could go to the mall or the movies. Buy nowadays, whenever we feel bored we'd just go online. That's an understatement, because nowadays, wherever we may be, we have the need to be online. Whether we're bored or not, we're always online. The internet has become our new life.
When we're sad, we turn to social media. When we're happy, we turn to social media. When we need motivation, we go to social media. When we seek self-validation, we turn to social media once more. Admit it. Whenever someone hits the like button on our posts and photos, it can boost our self- worth and self-concept.
Some people belittle our need to get noticed in social media, but I think we can all agree that our self-concept plays a crucial role in our lives. It determines our self-worth and purpose. Acknowledgment is something people will always seek, whether it is the millennial age or not.
The problem with social media is that it will always make us feel inferior. Having to see other people's achievements online, we'll feel that there's always something we need to prove. In other words, the downside is bigger than the positive. But there's one way to fix this, and it's not through the use of the internet. Rather it's through engagement in casual aerobic activities. Such is the effect of biking.
You'll be surprised how cycling can help you release stress and tension. Do it frequently, and you'll no longer have the need to seek validation through social media, but that's not the only benefit of biking. Here are more health benefits that come with cycling:
1. It improves your heart
We all know how exercise is good for the heart. Biking could be just the exercise you need. I mean, sure there are plenty of other types of exercise you can choose from, but they'll just require you to buy expensive facilities.
You shouldn't have to pour out money so that you can be healthy. Everyone has the right to be healthy. Not only is biking a good way to pass the time, but it's also a good exercise activity. It's one kind of exercise that won't make you feel tired. You'll feel like you can go for ages.
Medicine & Science in Sports and Arts spent five years observing 1,500 samples, and they found out that people who are engaged in biking are less likely to develop heart problems and high blood pressure.
2. It can help you lose weight.
No, I'm not saying that should go and be a model, but we all know that fat causes most of the worst diseases that are known to man. Being too thin won't help you become healthy either, but the point here is that by losing weight you're helping your body resist one of the deadliest diseases.
The media often shows that diet is the way to go if you want to lose fat, but it's not the only way. There's a better way, and it doesn't have to include an empty stomach. The media also points out that the only way for society to accept you, you have you be thin. Well, there's nothing wrong with wanting to go with the trend, but let me just tell you that that shouldn't be your goal when you go biking. Sure, when you go biking you'll definitely lose some pounds, but just make sure that you bike because of its health benefits, not because you want to impress the world.
3. It helps prevent cancer.
Well, this is a bit out of tune. What does biking have to do with cancer? Isn't it a bit off topic? Well, of course not. Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet are all proven ways to avoid cancer.
Apart from that, there's also a study by the Journal American Medical Association, which showed that people who lived healthier lifestyles had less risk of getting lung and colorectal cancer.
4. It helps you live longer.
I'm not kidding. Biking can actually help you live a longer life. I know it seems superstitious at the moment, but take a look at this: Tour de France riders conducted a study on professional bikers and the general public. As it turned out, the former bikers lived 81.5 years compared to the non-biking folks, who only lived 73.5 years.
5. It improves subjective mood.
What does mood have to do with health? Well, everything! As a matter of fact, about 80% of the things that happen to us are all psychological.
When a stranger throws a joke at is, that can really ruin our day, but if a close friend throws even the meanest joke on us, then it wouldn't be a big deal. See? It's psychological.
It's the same with our health. There are times when we feel ignored that we might deep inside want something outrageous to happen so that we could get noticed. That could be the reason why we're getting sick. Even though this can't be right all the time, it can still be true at times. Well, the point here at our mood can make us unhealthy. If bad mood can have that effect on us, just imagine how much a good feeling can do to your health.
It's no secret that biking can improve our mood. Do it often, and you'll be surprised how it turns your health around?