May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and May 14th is National Cycling Day. What better way to celebrate than to get out of the house and go for a stimulating bike ride? Not only does bike riding offer an extreme cardiovascular benefit, but it also allows your muscles to get a tremendous boost too!

Summer is almost here and the most gratifying feeling is taking a ride on your bicycle on a sunny and beautiful day. Utilize your bike for a short joy ride around your neighborhood, shopping at local markets, or even visiting friends and family can help improve your overall health.

Your best investment will always be in yourself, and adding a bike ride to your summer schedule will not only improve your physical health, but also boost your mental health. Whether you ride indoors or outside, cycling has tremendous benefits. Take a look at the 4 top healthy benefits of bike riding.

  • 1

    Strengthens Muscles

    Cycling has been proven to improve and strengthen your thighs, hips, and gluteal muscles.

  • 2

    Helps Preserve Cartilage

    According to Dr. Lisa Callahan, who is the Medical Director at the Women's Sports Medical Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, consistent cycling is gentle on joints and helps preserve cartilage. It is especially beneficial for women who suffer from foot problems, knee troubles, muscle strain, and back pain.

  • 3

    Fights Weight Gain

    Bike riding can help fight weight gain and waistline expansion that many people experience during midlife.

  • 4

    Improves Mental Health

    Studies show even 30 minutes of cycling a day can improve mood, increase self-esteem, and counteract the effects of depression.