So you thought cycling is just good for your physical shape? It turns out that it has a positive impact on your brain! Recent research has shown that cycling helps in improving memory, reasoning and planning while it also helps fight depression and anxiety issues. How is this possible?
How cycling grows your brain
When we cycle, blood flows to the muscle increases which then allows the body to build more capillaries in these muscles. This in return supplies more blood and oxygen to the muscles and the process that occurs in the brain is similar in that the cardiovascular system will grow further into the brain with frequent cycling. It will also increase the amount of proteins produced to create new brain cells meaning that our brain cell production will double or even triple.
Cognitive activities are also improved as the neurotransmitter activity increases allowing various regions of the brain to communicate more efficiently.