Biking and Its Many Benefits

With the heightened awareness to live a healthy life today, it is no wonder that people begin to look for ways to engage in physical activities that will keep them at top shape, at the same time bring them a whole lot of fun to their daily mundane existence—for instance, doing activities like biking or cycling.

  Writer Michelle Arthurs-Brennan shared a very interesting article on titled 15 Benefits of Cycling, “A study by the YMCA showed that people who had a physically active lifestyle had a wellbeing score 32 per cent higher than inactive individuals. There are so many ways that exercise can boost your mood: there’s the basic release of adrenalin and endorphins, and the improved confidence that comes from achieving new things (such as completing a sportive or getting closer to that goal).Cycling combines physical exercise with being outdoors and exploring new views. You can ride solo – giving you time to process worries or concerns, or you can ride with a group which broadens your social circle. Former Hour Record holder Graeme Obree has suffered from depression through much of his life, and told us: ‘Getting out and riding will help [people suffering with depression]… Without cycling, I don’t know where I would be’ ”. She further shared, “You won’t be alone if this point seems contradictory to common sense. But a recent study suggests that people who ride a bike are actually exposed to fewer dangerous fumes than those who travel by car. A study by the Healthy Air Campaign, Kings College London, and Camden Council, saw air pollution detectors fitted to a driver, a bus user, a pedestrian and a cyclist using a busy route through central London. The results showed that the driver experienced five times higher pollution levels than the cyclist, as well as three and a half more than the walker and two and a half times more than the bus user. Long story short: the cyclist won,” 

And more and more  studies and reliable articles seem to agree with the many benefits of biking, “Your muscles get a boost, too. Bike riding strengthens your thighs, hips, and rear end. If  your route includes climbing hills, your arms and upper body will benefit as you stand to pedal. What’s more, cycling is gentle on your joints and helps preserve cartilage. That’s especially advantageous for women who suffer from muscle strain, foot problems, knee troubles, back pain or impact-related injuries caused by running, jogging or walking…,”wrote an unnamed writer of the article The Benefits of Bike Riding  posted at

Biking is not only popular in the countries in the West. Even countries in the Orient like Singapore, Japan, and Philippines have thriving biking and cycling communities.

 Homer, a native resident of Singapore for instance, frequents east coast bike rental for several reasons, “For one, I simply love sight seeing while I am biking. Smelling fresh air is also a big factor and I love staying outdoors on weekends instead of just getting all grumpy just playing video games or toying on gadgets, or mindlessly browsing the internet. I believe it is healthier for everyone to stay outside—and it is good for your mental health to see greeneries too. It has a way of clearing your head. Biking is a good calorie-burning exercise as well. I normally bike for 2 hours, with frequent stops. Most of my friends join me when they have nothing big to do on Saturdays too. East coast area is good for biking because it’s safe and there are other regular bikers who will even befriend fellow bikers. So, it’s also my way of connecting from different people. It’s good to be friends who have similar interests.” Bike rental in Singapore is pretty cheap—and a good way to tour the city for both expats and locals who have want to see the country in different, fresher perspective.

Long-time biker, Samuel, 35,on the other hand, prefers bicycle rental in pasir ris park because of its proximity to his apartment and other great reasons too, “I recommend this route to beginners too because it is a very navigable area.  There is a natural reserve that you might want to see as well as you navigate the route.”

The website seems to agree with Samuel as cited in its article  The best cycling routes in Singapore for an adventure on two wheels (part 2),“With over 7km of well-maintained track and excellent bicycle rental facilities, novices flock to Pasir Ris Park to get to grips with bikes (and horses should your inner equestrian leap out at you) and enjoy the tranquil beach setting as well as ample shade offered by the sprawling ancient trees dotted throughout the park. There is even a stretch which passes through the mangrove forest for you to have a moment communing with nature. With a designated path for cyclists and minimal slopes, humps and bumps, this is the perfect place to build up your confidence on two wheels. When your cycling is done, pop into one of the park’s cafes for a bowl of fries and a glass of something refreshing.


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