One of the less obvious plus points of riding a bike is its positive impact on our reflexes.
Researchers randomly assigned 29 adults to an exercise or no-exercise group in a trial reported in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Before the trial all the participants were tested for auditory and visual choice reaction times, and auditory and visual complex choice reaction times. In other words, they tested their reflexes.
Those in the exercise group then did a 30-minute biking exercise, those in the control group did nothing for 30 minutes, and all underwent a second round of testing. Those who’d been riding recorded much sharper reactions than the couch potatoes.