5 Reasons Why You Should Ride To Work
For those settled comfortably into their commuting routines, the thought of swapping it out for a bike ride can be exhausting. But hear us out – there are loads of benefits to be had from cycling to work…and don’t worry, they all make you look good.
1. You’ll save money.
The cost of petrol or taking public transport can soon mount up, but if you ride to work, you’ll be doing your wallet a favour. According to a study by CTC.org, if cycle-use was to increase to 10% by 2025 and 25% by 2050, the country could save a whopping £248bn (£42bn in today’s money).
While it may cost you at first to purchase the bike and maintain it thereafter, remember that this is always going to be cheaper than maintaining a car. Also, with many employers starting to offer bike-to-work schemes, a lot of this stuff can be covered by a small monthly cost.
2. You’ll get leaner, faster.
This one might sound like a cliché, but it’s true. In the US, studies have shown that a bicycle commuter loses around 13 pounds on average during their first year of cycling alone. Not only that, but your wrists will get stronger, your legs will build lean muscle and you’ll suddenly find yourself with a ton more energy than you had before.
For those who are overweight, cycling is also a great low-impact alternative to other forms of exercise, which can cause stress to the knees and ankles.
3. You’ll have loads more time.
Riding to work means you won’t be tied to awkward transport timetables, or stuck in the deadly rush-hour traffic. You can get to your destination in your own time, at your own pace, and there are even friendly guides to help you work out the fastest route (such as Google Maps and Cyclemaps).
As you’ll also be including vigorous exercise into your day, there’ll be no need to block off extra time for exercise outside of working hours. If your daily commute both ways totals 30 minutes or more, you’re already reaching your daily recommendation.
4. You’ll have a stronger respiratory system.
Biking raises the heart rate and boosts circulation, which over time builds stamina and improves your cardiovascular system. Stronger lungs means you’re less likely to develop respiratory diseases in the future, and despite what most people think, you’re actually at the lower end of the risk scale when it comes to air pollution from car fumes.
5. You’ll get sick less
We all hate sick days, right? Well studies have shown that cyclists take an average of 2.4 sick days a year, compared to the average worker, who takes 4.5. This is because cycling has a brilliant way of bolstering your immune system, making you less susceptible to coughs, colds, and all kinds of nasty viruses.
Cycling to work has also been shown to significantly lower stress levels, make people more alert and productive in the workplace, and genuinely help them feel better about themselves. Plus, you get to carb load. If that’s not a reason to ride to work in the mornings, we don’t know what is.