Cycling is one of the largest growing sports in the world and is also a great mode of transport. It can be used to get from one place to another while reaping the benefits of exercise. Here are 4 reasons to use a bike to ride to work:
1) To Get Fitter!
Riding a bike is the perfect way to get your heart rate up and work your lungs. Studies have proven that riding a bike to work each day boosts your fitness by 3-7% and the British Medical Association found that cycling 20 miles (30km) a week even reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
2) It’s better for the Environment
Driving a car 15km to work five days a week for a year creates about one ton of carbon emissions and that’s not to mention the carbon used in building and maintaining a car. Not only does cycling reduce the emissions, but it also reduces the congestion and means that you don’t have to get worried about being held up in traffic. So cycling to work will make the world greener and the traffic less stressful.
3) You Feel Better and it Boosts Productivity
It has been found by the Journal of Clinical and Diagnotsic Research that productivity improves by cycling before work. Subjects scored higher on memory, reasoning and planning tests, as well as completing them faster, after doing 30mins of spinning on a stationary bike. It has also been proved that cycling will increase the production of feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine, giving your mood and general level of happiness a boost each day!
4) Weight Loss
Riding to work you will burn up the calories and shed that extra weight you have been meaning to get rid of the last few weeks. On average a person will burn 300 calories for every 10km cycled. Of course this varies with speed and weight but here’s the good news: the heavier you are, the more calories you will burn! As the weight disappears, the muscles through your legs, core back and even upper body tone and strengthen. So not only do you become leaner, but also more toned and stronger.
There are many benefits to come from jumping on the bike each day to get to work which range from caring for the planet we live on to caring for your own health so let’s start taking action for the better, let’s ride to work!