How Cycling Did Wonders for a Dad
While a return to onsite work and easing of restrictions provide some semblance of post-pandemic normalcy, most of us remain hypervigilant and stress levels continue to take their toll.
More so for fathers–what with the demands of being the family’s breadwinner and guardian during these unprecedented times.
As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, Justin Pascual, father of 3, shares how he managed to cope with the stress that comes with fatherhood through cycling.
“Although it wasn’t easy, making a habit out of cycling changed my life. After letting myself go during the pandemic, I finally got my health journey back on track, gained new friends, and developed a new habit that takes my mind off from work,”
Like Justin, you too can reap the many health benefits of cycling.
Read on to find out how cycling can also do wonders for your physical and mental wellbeing.
Cycling increases endurance and improves cardiovascular health on and off the bike.
The key to building endurance is consistency–it allows you to increase your distance and level of intensity over time.
With practice, you’ll soon notice that you can pedal your way to longer and more challenging rides without feeling too tired.
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Cycling is beginner-friendly.
The good thing about cycling is that it’s easy to learn.
With basic skills and little effort, you can enjoy casual spins around your neighborhood.
Pace yourself depending on what your body can handle and slowly adjust your mileage and intensity.
What’s more, cycling is a low-impact exercise suited for all ages!
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Cycling improves your balance, posture and coordination.
If you’re a beginner, don’t be too hard on yourself!
It may take a bit of time to get the hang of things, but with regular practice, you’ll see significant improvement in your balance, posture, and coordination.
Cycling supports weight loss.
Luckily, cycling helps you lose weight and build muscle in a safe way.
It allows you to get your heart rate up with less wear and tear on your knees, ankles, and other joints.
To maximize your calories burned, try to increase the intensity or duration of your bike workout.
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Cycling boosts mental health and brain power
Cycling helps you feel good
After a ride, cyclists experience a spike in neuro-chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins—otherwise known as happy hormones.
Besides, cycling is a great way to spend quality time with the family.
Father or not, it’s never too late to start new habits.
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