Cycle Those Christmas Calories Away!
Christmas and the New Year period is a time of celebrations, fuelled by good food and plenty of Xmas spirit! If you’re feeling the effects of the party season, maybe it’s time to dust off your bike and kick start (well, pedal) your New Year detox!
Cycling is a great way to burn off those calories and at the same time kick start your fitness regime. Maybe you received a bike this Christmas? If so, it’s a perfect time to get out and about and the see for yourself the benefits that cycling can have on your health and wellbeing.
Some of the health benefits of regular cycling include:
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility.
- Improved joint mobility.
- Decreased stress levels.
- Improved posture and coordination.
- Strengthened bones.
Other great benefits of cycling regularly are mental wellness, a good night’s sleep and helping the environment. The following scientific evidence shows how cycling can have a positive impact on your health and our planet!
A good nights sleep
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked sedentary insomnia sufferers to cycle 20-30 minutes every other day. The result? The time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was reduced by half, and sleep time increased by almost an hour.
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Harley Street dermatologist Dr. Christopher Rowland Payne explains: “Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while flushing harmful toxins out. Exercise creates an ideal environment within the body to optimise collagen production, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles and speed up the healing process” It is important to always wear a high factor sun protection when out exercising!
Avoid pollution, no… seriously!
You would think a city cyclist would inhale much more pollution than the drivers and passengers in the vehicles. Not so, according to a study carried out by Imperial College London. Researchers found that passengers in buses, taxis and cars inhaled substantially more pollution than cyclists and pedestrians.
Healthy way to start your day
BIRCHER MUESLI WITH CHIA SEEDS & STRAWBERRIES
Bircher Muesli is a Swiss invention. It consists of rolled oats, apple and milk. You can add other healthy ingredients such as chia seeds, yogurt and some extra fruit. The best way to make Bircher Muesli is overnight in the fridge, so you’ll have a healthy, fuss-free breakfast ready in the morning.
Porridge Oats 200g
Raisins, sultanas or dried cranberries 20g
Sunflower seeds 10g
Chia seeds 10g
Semi-skimmed milk or almond milk 600ml
Apple half, cored and grated
Strawberries 2 tbsp
Natural yogurt or milk
Mix all the muesli ingredients together, cover and leave in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight, until the milk has been absorbed. When you’re ready to eat, stir in the apple, top with the strawberries and a splash more milk or 1 tablespoon of yogurt.
At Bibo, we believe that, starting your day by cycling either to work, school or however you start your day, cycling is a great way to stay healthy, that is why, the team at Bibo are working hard to create a female cycling collection that will make your cycle and day easier!
More tips and our exciting launch coming in 2018!