Motherhood Stuffs: 5 Reasons Why We Should Cycle to Work

Monday, May 26, 2014

5 Reasons Why We Should Cycle to Work

There are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to cycle to work - better health, increased energy and vitality, no fuel costs and low greenhouse gas emissions and because cycling is good fun. More and more people are jumping on their bike instead of into their car and they are reaping the benefits. For advice on the best bike to use to cycle to work check out 99 Bikes.

Here are 5 great reasons why you should cycle to work.


Reason 1: Fitness and Wellbeing
It’s no secret: people who exercise regularly are healthier and generally live longer. Exercise decreases your risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Riding to work provides daily exercise and you will reap the health benefits. Studies show that regular cycling can cut the risk of heart disease by up to 50 percent.  Physical activity, like riding, helps hasten the movement of food through the large intestine, which in turn limits the quantity of water absorbed back into the body. This results in softer stools and more regular bowel habits leading to a healthier bowel, which is the best protection against bowel cancer.

Reason 2: Burn Fat
A big advantage of riding your bike to work is that you will increase your body’s metabolic rate and burn calories and fat while you are riding and also for several hours after. Cycling is an excellent form of exercise as it is kind to your body, no jarring effects from the pavement as in running or even walking. Your skeleton and joints do not have to take the impact of your weight. Riding to work each day will help you become leaner as well as fitter.

Reason 3: Happiness
One of the most profound benefits of riding to work will be the increase in your happiness levels. The increased exposure to the great outdoors and to sunlight will boost your levels of serotonin, the hormone that makes you happy. Many people sit inside an office all day, so riding to work is a great way to get your daily dose of sunshine. You will also sleep better and for longer after regular exercise, a benefit that will increase your happiness levels too.

Reason 4: Save Money
Owning and driving a car costs a lot of money. Public transport costs are high too. Saving money is one of the main reasons many workers are taking to their bikes to get to work. Once you have bought your bike and kitted it out, riding a bike is free and the cost of depreciation on a bike is minor compared to that of a car.

Reason 5: Decrease Your Carbon Footprint
Riding your bike to work will have a very significant impact on your carbon footprint. For a start a bike is produced using around five percent of the materials it takes to manufacture a car. Add to that savings in fuel required to run a car engine and you soon see why riding a bike to work makes good environmental sense.

Do you cycle to work? What do you believe at the benefits? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

3 comments:

  1. Oh my hubs has been bugging me about this but I just can't budge. Manila motorists can be crazy and the problem with riding a bike is that you have nothing to shield your body from impact.

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  2. Cycling is a great exercise. Cycling to work would bring you a lot of benefit, financially and physically.

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  3. It's my goal this year!! Get a bike and just have fun.
    I wanted to be more active this year, even though I don't go out to work. So a bike would a good idea.

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