The NHS.uk says: “If the shorter days are affecting your mood, being active can improve your sense of wellbeing.”
Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise that you can get and not only has it been proven to improve fitness and health levels but it is also more economical and makes getting around busy cities much easier.
Although the Autumn sees colder spells and increased threats of bad weather, it is still a great month to start cycling. Parks, cities and towns all look beautiful in the Autumn with crisp leaves on the ground and bursts of sunshine peering through the trees, making it the perfect cycling scenery.
During the Winter months it is easy to forget about exercising however as the weather turns darker and colder with shorter days our moods can be easily affected and many of us find that we feel less happy in the Autumn/Winter months and exercising, especially in the outdoors, can lift your mood. The NHS.uk says: “If the shorter days are affecting your mood, being active can improve your sense of wellbeing.”
Cycling allows you to, not only be outdoors and take in the fresh air, but it also helps build up and develop your immune system as moderate exercise increases the activity of immune cells so they are ready to fight infection. Research from the University of North Carolina also showed that people who cycled for just 30 minutes, five days a week, took about half as many sick days as those that didn’t exercise.
Getting up in the mornings when it is still dark outside can be tricky for anyone. However, studies have shown that the more energetic you are, the easier it is for you to get up. So instead of risking being late for work, go for a steady, or vigorous bike ride during the day.
As the Autumn and Winter seasons go on most people are guilty of eating more unhealthy and reaching for the biscuit tin or pie rather than a salad and fruit. However, cycling helps to burn fat and calories so you don’t have to feel as guilty for allowing yourself a treat.
Feel healthier and happier this Autumn and get on your bike! Visit www.fieldandtrek.com/cycling for their range of bikes or check out www.facebook.com/fieldandtrekuk and www.twitter.com/fieldantrekuk for the latest news and advice on the outdoors.
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