The Benefits of Cycling for Women

Cycling is both rejuvenating and enjoyable, with or without mates. But when you have friends to go cycling with, it helps you a lot. It becomes a platform to meet with people, to socialise more, to communicate better, and also to exchange and discuss ideas. It helps you grow as a person. Cycling not only ensures your fitness but also takes care of your mind as well. Cycling outdoors lets you breathe in fresh air and helps you to refresh yourself. It helps to increase the friend circle as well as lets you meet people with similar interests. Here are 5 tips for women to reason out why it is beneficial to add cycling to their daily schedule:

  • For your good heart:

Riding a bike is an excellent way to strengthen your heart muscles. It is undoubtedly beneficial for the heart. As you ride, you will be using nearly all the muscles in your body. The two most obvious muscles are your heart and your thighs. Other muscles include calves, core, shoulders, forearms, neck, and back (not to mention hamstrings). Bicycling also helps you to maintain your blood pressure.

  • Protection Against Breast Cancer:

The National Cancer Institute reports that “many studies show that physically active women have a lower risk of breast cancer than inactive women; in a 2013 meta-analysis of 31 prospective studies, the average breast cancer risk reduction associated with physical activity was 12%. Physical activity has been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women; however, the evidence for an association is stronger for postmenopausal breast cancer. Women who increase their physical activity after menopause may also have a lower risk of breast cancer than women who do not.”

  • Helps you get a good amount of Vitamin D:

Biking does not directly provide you with vitamin D but going out with bicycles does! To elaborate on this point, let’s talk about Vitamin D. Healthline.com, the most reliable source says that “perhaps the most vital [functions of Vitamin D] are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.”

  • Prevents the stress on joints:

Are you recovering from an injury? Are you timid about getting hurt in the first place? Trusted Natural Health reported that Andy Clarke, the president of the League of American Bicyclists says, “Whether you’re recovering from an injury, looking for a cross-training option or hoping to preserve your knees to run the New York Marathon when you are 85, cycling gets your legs moving and your heart pumping without pounding your joints.” In other words, bicycling offers the best of both worlds: you can exercise your body without, subsequently, punishing it.

  • Benefits of cycling during pregnancy:

It’s a fact that exercising while you’re pregnant keeps you fit and prepared for childbirth. If you want to exercise on your bicycle while pregnant, do it. Talk to your doctor at your first appointment, letting them know exactly how much cycling you’re doing now and how much you’d like to continue to go through your pregnancy. If you have chosen to continue cycling through your pregnancy, there are a few things you will need to be aware of. 

These were our tips for our ladies to motivate them and help them continue with their cycling. Other than the common benefits of cycling, these were the few benefits which are exclusive to women when we talk about cycling. We hope you’ll implement these in your life and give yourself the room that you need.

Cycling vs Running: Health benefits

Cycling and running are two forms of exercise which are appreciated and enjoyed by people across the globe. They’re known as aerobic exercise. Both of these forms can be practised outdoors, it can be either on streets or nature trails. They are also a form of leisure exercise. Taking sides for either cycling or running is a bit difficult as the entire population is divided in the middle when asked about it. Hence, for today’s blog let us put all the facts out very clearly so that you can make a better choice for yourselves.

  • Cardiovascular Health:

In terms of cardiovascular health or cardio health in other terms, both running and cycling are almost equally beneficial. It prepares your heart by strengthening its muscles so that it can pump out more amount of blood. Doing regular cardio teaches the heart to pump more blood efficiently all the time and not just when you are exercising. So, if you cycle to work, then you are engaging yourself in more cardiovascular activity, burning more calories and thus improving your cardiovascular health multiple folds. Both running and cycling help improve your cardiovascular health.

  • Burn the calories:

One of the most important aspects of exercise for the millennials is the number of calories they burn. Burning the calories have taken the front seat for almost everyone when it is about exercising. Health conscious individuals always keep looking for new ways to burn calories. And what more natural way to do that, than to cycle or run. On an average, cycling burns 450 – 750 calories per hour while running burns 100 calories per mile. While running requires the whole body to be involved in the process, cycling is much lighter and easier a task to perform. Thus, while running is quite easy for young individuals, cycling is convenient for individuals across all ages.

  • Muscle building:

A misconception among a lot of people is that they can build muscles only if they work out in a gymnasium. But science says otherwise. Cycling and running are two easiest exercises which help you build muscles without needing any fancy equipment. It has also been proven that both the exercises help you build different muscles in different regions of your body. Running, helps you build muscles throughout your body. It is so because running involves the whole body to be a part of the activity, from the torso up until the toes. Cycling, on the other hand, helps you build very specific muscles. It helps you build the muscles below your torso, while it also helps to build the arm muscles. Such focused muscle building is one of the major desires of the young millennials these days, and it cannot get any easier to do so.

  • Muscle Toning:

Apart from building muscles, the other most sought-after aspect for health and sports enthusiasts is having toned muscles. Thus, to have the same, they need to go through the rigorous routines of several kinds of exercises. Cycling, on the other hand, has proven to be one of the easiest ways to achieve that. Cycling, as the studies have shown, help you tone very specific muscles. The most important ones being the leg and thigh muscles. Studies have also shown that cycling improves the mid-torso muscle toning as well. It has further been proven that cycling on a regular basis actually does help you tone your muscles better than workout sessions in the gymnasium.  Running, on the other hand, does not help tone your muscles much, although it does help you get bulky muscles.

  • Body Fat

In today’s world of fast food and packaged food and frozen food,  we are constantly accumulating fat, even without knowing it most of the times. Obesity is one of the major health concerns for the millennials. And to curb that, people have been opting for different methods and strategies, which include yoga, workout, cha-cha etc since quite some time now. Cycling has gained a separate stature of its own amongst all these methods of checking body fat. It has been known for a long time that you can lose body fat quickly if you run regularly. But it has also been proven that if you cycle on a regular basis, the number of calories that you burn eventually exceeds that of running and hence, the amount of fat that you lose if significantly higher. Thus, cycling is one of the major activities which can help you burn fat, without having any side effects. Also, while running helps you lose fat and calories very quickly, cycling helps you lose fat and calories and on top of that help you tone your muscles as well. And thus, with cycling, it has always been a plus one.  

  • Expenditure

A regular three months gymnasium membership in a developing country like India costs approximately five thousand rupees. Data shows that most of the people who begin working-out in gymnasiums in hope of losing weight, gain and tone muscles, lose hope even before the three months are complete. Because it is understandable that working-out with such equipment is not everyone’s cup of tea. And thus, somethings that are always available as options are as good as free, do not need any special equipment, have no side effects, and does not let people lose hope. And the options are, running and cycling. While running might just have zero investment, unless you plan to buy shoes and running gear, cycling might have an initial expenditure. Although, buying the bicycle, the helmet, and if you are a serious cycling enthusiast, then the cycling gear, can be a bit expensive, to begin with, but then that is a one-time investment that bears fruits as long as you would want it to.

Thus, it is evident that cycling and running, both are options more than worth exploring if you are conscious about your health and you would want to do something to improve that without having any side effects. Both these activities can be joyous as well as beneficial simultaneously, wherein running is a part of a certain spectrum as a leisure-cum-healthy activity, while cycling is considered the same across the spectrums.

How Cycling Regularly Affects Your Immunity

 

As we are approaching the end of 2018, it is time to prepare ourselves for the new year that is already knocking our doors. All the new year’s resolutions, new year’s goals and new plans are on the way already. And amidst all this, we are here to excite you with the detailed information on a few things about cycling. So, here’s another bit of information about cycling that will definitely keep you motivated.

Throughout history, exercising recreationally has been understood as a key to longevity. However, it was often hard to quantify the exact benefits of exercise in older adults. It was also difficult to measure that progress in older adults. The most frequent exercise that people have engaged themselves in, lately, is cycling and it is not just another form of exercise; it has rather become a part of their lives. Recently it was found that cycling can slow down the effects of ageing and rejuvenate the immune system. The age group that was considered for the experiment was between 55 to 79. The sport also preserves muscle and helps maintains stable levels of body fat and cholesterol. Hence, the sample was not middle-aged adults but towards the older adults. It was found that cycling preserved muscle mass and strength with age while maintaining stable levels of body fat and cholesterol. In men, testosterone levels remained high. More surprisingly, the anti-ageing effects of cycling appeared to extend to the immune system. An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T-cells, normally starts to shrink from the age of 20. But the thymuses of older cyclists were found to be generating as many T-cells as those of young people.

Many other studies have also shown the remarkable health benefits of cycling. It was also found that regular cycling cut the risk of death from all causes by more than 40%, and cut the risk of cancer and heart disease by 45%. Experts also believe cycling boosts riders’ mental health, with multiple studies finding that those who commute by bicycle are happier and less prone to depression than those who use any other form of transport. Exercise, even in old age, is known to have a wide range of health benefits, from preventing disability to slowing memory decline. But a new study reveals that it can also protect the immune system. More research is needed, but the researchers write in the report that ageing is a complex process that involves many factors like genetics, environment and lifestyle, and that their research suggests that physical activity—or inactivity—can be an important driver in how people age and how well their immune systems function. These are the numbers and figures that science gives us but we have to consider the emotional aspect of our health, which is basically our mental health. While the researchers are planning to continue to study the cyclists, “Our future studies in this cohort will aim to test immune function, notably the response to vaccination, as a clinical proof of the beneficial impact of physical activity on adaptive immune function in old age,” they conclude, we also need to see how the happiness index helps a person to stay healthy. Cycling rejuvenates you, making you feel lighter and happier. Happiness is the key to the glow of the skin and if you’re happy then what more would you need.

The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function.

 

But that doesn’t mean the effects of lifestyle on the immune system aren’t intriguing and shouldn’t be studied. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response, both in animals and in humans. In the meantime, general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand. Your first line of defence is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies. Following which cycling becomes another important way to keep yourself young. Regular exercise in the form of cycling is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. But does it help to boost your immune system naturally and keep it healthy? Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently. For maintaining robust immunity, getting adequate recovery and sleep is important, as is avoiding deficiencies of protein and micronutrients. The amount of physical activity that a person does influence his/ her risk of infection, most likely by affecting immune function. It is known that regular moderate exercise reduces the risk of infection compared with a sedentary lifestyle. But it is very important to keep in mind that everything has to be done in a systematic way and too much of everything is bad for health.

Do not forget to include cycling in your new year’s resolution because now you know that cycling can actually keep you younger. All the ladies out there! Make a special note of this point and make sure you don’t miss your cycling routine frequently. It is an effortless way of keeping you healthy and younger.

Running Errands On Your Bike – Things To Keep In Mind

Bicycle is a very efficient mode of transportation; efficient in every manner, whether you talk about it being cost efficient or energy efficient, it works for both the scenarios. Therefore, the increase in utilitarian bicycles would benefit society as well as individuals. Initially, people were reluctant to use bicycles instead of personal vehicle or motorbikes but now the entire picture has changed. People have become more responsible towards the environment and have started using bicycles to commute rather than using heavy vehicles or even personal vehicles. With our previous blogs, we have guided you from choosing the right bikes according to your needs to opting for a proper meal before you take your bicycle out. Every rider needs a customised chart prepared for themselves as their need and purpose are totally different from one another. The personalised choice of bicycles will help the riders to overcome some initial barriers to increased utilitarian cycling, such as lacking sufficient fitness, uncomfortable, long distances, being tired, too much effort, difficulties with trip chaining, shopping and picking up children with the help of their bicycles, but other barriers remained including bad weather, being too busy, lack of time, lack of daylight, inconvenience, too dangerous and too much traffic.

Cycling is seen as a convenient and flexible way of everyday transport that gets you from door to door but still allows you to change route if you feel like it. The activity of cycling is also perceived as fun, and many of the participants talk about the lovely experiences of nature that they have had ‘on the road’. When you cycle, you get to use your body and increase your pulse rate, at the same time as you get fresh air and can “clear your mind”. The effect of this is that you get to work alert and ready to go in the morning, and on the way home, you have time to forget all about the issues at work and come home relaxed and happy. People have also said that cycling has enabled them to do more jobs because they spend less time in traffic and face not so much issue related to parking. They can stop multiple times without thinking about the honking and the traffic that they might have blocked otherwise.

To enhance this practice of using a bicycle to complete multiple tasks on your way, YULU has brought to you Yulu Pause. With Yulu pause, you can now make multiple stops within one ride. And how can you avail the feature? To avail the Pause feature, simply hit Pause on the app, finish your work and resume riding again. It is beneficial for round trips and running errands. The charges for the Pause duration will remain the same as that for a ride with no Pause charges between 6 pm to 9 am. The pause feature comes with brownie points, the charges for the Pause duration will remain the same as that for a ride with no Pause charges between 6 pm to 9 am. Under Pause, the bike is reserved for you and nobody else will be allowed to use it. What else do you want when you know that you don’t have to book another bike if you stop the ride midway to pick some stuff or when you are reminded of some important piece of work midway. The bike stays reserved for you until you decide to end the ride and without any extra charges, isn’t it a Christmas present from Yulu already!

You might ask how it is different from Yulu Keep feature. So, to clarify the same, please take note of the time of the operational hours of both these features. While Yulu Keep allows a rider to keep the bicycle from evening 6o’clock to the next morning till 9 o’clock, Yulu Pause is functional during the same time, but it allows you to make multiple stops in one single ride from 6 o’clock in the evening to 9 o’clock the next morning. This feature has been specially designed by keeping in mind our riders who have jobs which requires them to stop at multiple junctures. With the pause feature, people don’t have to think or even worry about their commutation problems during the late hours of the night. It relieves you from the struggle of finding a proper and safe mode of transportation during the night hours. You can scoot whenever you want to and rest whenever you feel like.

But remember to take care of our bicycles because we have made them with lots of care and love to serve you better. It is also your responsibility to take care of the bikes like us. The rules of all the features have to be taken care of otherwise a penalty of up to INR 1000/- shall be charged, as the bike is assumed to be at risk.

So, wait no more, run errands on your bike while you enjoy your day. Do not forget to wear your helmets and proper outfits to keep yourself warm during the winters as the nights can get a bit colder. Make use of the Yulu Pause feature and enjoy your work without worrying about your working hours anymore!

Tips For Cycling In The Winter

The merriest season is here! It is winter time. The time when the Christmas trees lit up, the time when red and white is seen everywhere when gifts start flowing in and more and more cakes are flown out of ovens. With all the sweetness and coziness around, we are here to remind you that riding is still an essential part of your routine, we are here to keep you going with the biking. We do not want our dearest bikers to lose out on the fun of cycling in winter because we believe there is nothing more refreshing than finding ways to sweat yourself out in the chills of this weather. Take it from us, the cycling survival guide, to stay warm, healthy and also adventurous in winters. These tips will help to keep you riding.

The onset of winter shouldn’t be a hindrance in your routine, we will help you and prepare you for the weather and biking conditions and situations. To think about cycling in the colds and chills, the entire idea may seem very daunting (at the same time haunting) because well, we all know how difficult it is to pull yourself out of the cozy bed and blanket. It is hard even for those who are experienced in riding in the colder months many times before.

Although we admit that one cannot beat the task of cruising around on a bicycle in the summer, with short sleeves and sunglasses, and the scorching heat that befalls, but there’s still a lot of enjoyment that can be derived from winter-riding, let alone just the benefits of keeping the legs turning and fresh air gushing and caressing your face. Now it’s the time to gear you up to face a winter of cycling

  • CLOTHING

The most obvious and arguably important factor in winter weather riding is, of course, clothing. The right windproof, thermal and waterproof gear can keep you dry and warm on rides so that you barely notice how cold it is. A full set of winter clothing can at first seem like a large expense, but choosing carefully and layering up can give you a range of clothing to suit a range of temperatures. There’s a temptation to throw on thick fleeces and waterproofs to stave off the cold, but you also have to consider that they will make you sweat, even when the temperature is nudging zero. Sweat can accumulate under your clothes to make you feel wet, cold and clammy. Not sure whether you have enough clothes on (or too many)? Then go outside before your ride and see how it feels. Remember that the effort of riding will warm you up a bit. You can try for yourself and choose the perfect cycling outfit for yourself according to your own needs.

  • PUNCTURES

It’s a sad fact that the worse the weather, the more likely you are to get a puncture. Wet road conditions create some kind of magical lubrication for thorns, shards of glass and sharp pieces of flint to stab their way through the carcass of your tyre and into your inner tube. This happens mostly at the most inconvenient times of the ride. Make sure that you have at least two tubes and a working pump – and you have to check that it works if you haven’t used it for a while. In addition, when you operate them in low temperatures, the gas can cause the head of the canister to freeze, including to your gloves or fingers. We say this from bitter experience. If you are riding in a group, make sure before you set out that between you, you have enough tubes and pumps. Don’t rely on someone else having it all.

  • FOOD & DRINK

Eating enough before and during a ride is as important in winter as it is at any other time of year. Be aware that some energy bars can become very hard during low temperatures, so either keep them somewhere warm (e.g. a jersey back pocket) or opt for a softer product. Keep drinking regularly too. It may not be obvious that you are sweating under all that clothing, but fluid loss happens when cycling at any temperature. If the temperature is really cold, then mix your drink with hot or warm water to stave off the chilling effect, at least for a while. Of course, a café stop on longer rides is even more essential during winter, giving you a chance to have a hot drink and a large slice of cake. Make sure you stay warm and don’t cool off too much when you are stopped.

  • TYRES

Hovering around damp, mucky lanes on your 23mm racing rubber is not the best idea for a number of reasons, not least the lack of grip and risk of slicing up expensive rubber. We’d opt for tyres that offer a degree of puncture protection and are harder wearing. There are a few perennial favourites for winter riding, but many other tyre manufacturers offer similar models. They don’t stop all punctures, but every little thing helps. Tubeless tyres and solid tyres are also an option, those these are currently slightly more expensive and fiddlier to install than regular tyres and tubes.

  • LIGHTS

We’re seeing more and more riders using lights all year round in daylight as a way of highlighting their presence to other road users. In winter, this is arguably more important as it can get very gloomy on overcast winter days when the sun is at its weakest. Small, light and very bright rechargeable LED lights can be commonly found and won’t break the bank. Having lights with you at all times also relieves the worry that you will get caught in the dark during shorter days. Make sure that your lights are charged (or you have fresh batteries) before every ride.

These are the essential list that you’d need to keep in mind when preparing yourself for winters. Include these and you’re good to go. Book your Yulu and get on the roads!

The Economic Benefits Of Bike Sharing

The latest buzz in the transportation sector which is making news all over the world is the change in commuting methods. From motor vehicles, there has been a radical shift to using electric vehicles as a means to commute.  Cities like London, Berlin, Copenhagen have already adapted to the change and now it is time for India to also be part of this movement. It turns out quality bike share programs can have a huge positive impact on cities. Discussions around the positive effects of bike sharing often focus on environmental sustainability and the personal health benefits experienced by users. When new bike share schemes are introduced, there’s often a reference to the “greening” of the city; ideally, more bikes can equal fewer cars, which leads to a reduction in greenhouse gases and an improvement in local air quality. Other times, city authorities and bike share operators highlight the private health benefits of daily biking, which can help locals to lead healthier, more active lives. These are certainly a few of the major benefits of bike sharing, but the economic benefit from bike sharing cannot be ignored in any way.

Bike sharing is trending as a means of transportation and it seems that with time it will grow bigger and bigger as an industry. Bike sharing as a medium of commutation has several economic benefits on the society. To begin with, it has a very deep impact on the businesses. It can be easily grasped that when cycling is used as a means to commute, it helps save the extra expenditure on fuels like petrol and diesel. The electronic vehicles are definitely the utmost need of the hour considering the heavily rising prices of the fuels. We do not suggest you to completely get rid of cars or motor vehicles, but rather appeal to you to prefer cycles as a medium for the first mile and last mile commute, or if you are travelling a shorter distance, which might work without a car. This will help in keeping a check on the expenditure and also conserves the fuels at the same time. Bike sharing program is an alternative that comes with multifold benefits. If reports are to be believed, bike sharing enhances business in the neighbourhood. The cycles help reach door to door and serve as an ideal mode of commutation that could also help the business develop. The increased accessibility in the neighbourhood also helps a business grow. This might need to be a major economic boost, but every contribution counts. Cycling is also recommended as a means of exercise by physicians all over the world. The nation is moving towards attaining fitness goals, but hardly has any time to spare owing to the busy schedule. At such times of crisis, the bike sharing program comes as a boost to those fitness enthusiasts who do not mind losing a few carbs regularly. It is often seen in the big cities that individuals spend thousands every month on working at gyms. One may easily escape the expense by cycling regularly for half an hour at the most and stay fit. The expense is almost negligible compared to that of gyms and fitness centres. It is not just that, the expenditure on medicines and healthcare can also be saved by merely altering your mode of commutation. Cycling regularly to and fro your destination will give you the much-needed fitness and improve your immunity and keep you healthy and thus saving the medical expenses. It is difficult to quantify the health benefits of bike sharing but it is reflected in the economic output which is a result of a healthier productive workforce. The time-saving qualities of a bike sharing program are what benefits the city’s economic culture. We never point to bike sharing not as a stand-alone method of transit, but as a critical connective element of urban mobility. Bike share systems address capacity constraints in cities by decreasing journey times and increasing workers’ access to the city, including so-called “last mile-first mile” trips. Giving workers greater and more time-efficient access to the city can provide improved access to more suitable or higher-paying jobs. In short, removing certain mobility constraints can allow for greater participation in the urban labour force.

Bike sharing program is a very essential component in the economic development of within the society, taking into consideration the urban compactness and the gap that remains inefficient urban mobility. Electronic vehicles have emerged as the new trend that is being spread all over the major cities in the world, and India should not remain behind, considering that we need it utmost. Yulu has brought the same programme in the Indian market. Yulu rents out cycles at cheap rates for your daily commutation. All you need to do is scan and rent a bicycle using the Yulu app and help yourself to a lot of savings!

How Cycling Daily Makes Your Brain Run Faster

We all know that cycling has great physical benefits — improves muscle tone, stimulates weight loss, strengthens cardiovascular health, and so on. But have you ever wondered if it stops there? Well, the answer is definitely NOT!

According to recent research, cycling has a wide array of psychological benefits that stretch beyond what meets the eye. Cycling, as a matter of fact, has a very huge impact on our brain and definitely for good. In times, when there are a number of diseases waiting to get hold of us and when we need to find solutions that could help us curb the diseases, cycling sounds like a great solution. One of cycling’s clearest benefits it has on the brain is its effects on the mood. It is no secret that cycling makes a person happier, but this uplifting effect may involve some unexpected neurological factors. A 2015 study found that aerobic exercises increase levels of Anandamide in the blood, a natural cannabinoid. Cannabinoids affect the endocannabinoid system, which is the same part of the brain that marijuana’s active components affect. This may explain why so many people feel the renowned “cyclist’s high” during a long ride. The activation of this system alters emotional and cognitive processes, giving cyclists a natural burst of euphoria and boost in mental health.  Knowing this, it is not very surprising that cycling regularly definitely helps prevent and cure depression, reduces anxiety and helps deal with stress more effectively in the long run. According to James Blumenthal of Duke University, the immediate effect of cycling on your brain is a spike in Serotonin, the “happy hormone”. When we cycle, our bodies improve their ability to regulate hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. This results in improved ability to handle stress. Hormonal imbalances cause our bodies to respond to stress negatively, so it is important to have a routine like cycling to allow our bodies to handle stress more easily. So, cycling regularly ensures that your brain remains healthy, happy and active.

We hope you are aware that cycling regularly can grow your brain the same way it benefits the muscles. When we cycle, the blood that flows to the muscles increases, allowing our bodies to build more capillaries, supplying more blood (and therefore more oxygen) to those muscles. The same process actually occurs in our brains. Cycling allows our cardiovascular system to grow further into our brains, bringing them more oxygen and nutrients that can improve its performance. When we ride our cycles, our brains also increase their production of proteins used for creating new brain cells. By cycling regularly, we actually double (or even triple) new cell production in our brains! It also increases neurotransmitter activity, allowing the regions of our brain to communicate more effectively; therefore, improving our cognitive abilities. The list of benefits that cycling has on our psychological well- being continues. The benefits of cycling are especially important for ageing brains. Cycling regularly helps counter the natural process of the decline of brain function and development as we age. Cycling regularly can keep our minds sharp well in the later years. People of all ages can experience the benefits of cycling on psychological well-being regardless of their physical health. It can improve one’s self-perception and sense of self-worth, resulting in higher self-esteem. The adrenaline released due to cycling regularly makes you stay active all the while and keeps you fresh and helps your brain improve its receptive and cognitive senses. It definitely helps you reciprocate faster and quickens your reflex systems.

The physical benefits of cycling provide more than enough motivation to keep pedalling, but the cognitive benefits take the incentive to a new level. Cycling can improve your brain’s cognition, functioning, and physical structure. It can even slow your brain’s ageing and help it become more efficient by building neurons and growing the Hippocampus. Whether you’re looking to improve your physique, help treat a disease or disorder, boost your brain’s functioning, or just smile a little more, there’s some way that cycling can benefit anyone. It is suggested that you cycle regularly for 30- 40 minutes and that will be enough for your all-round development. Yulu believes in a healthier India, and rents out bicycles at extremely cheap rates for everyone. All you need to do is scan and rent a bicycle using the Yulu app and pedal the change towards a healthier tomorrow.