Cycling is a growing hobby in the UK with many regularly biking their way to work. But there are still many of us letting our bikes go rusty in the shed, in exchange for the convenience of a car. Here are some reasons not to abandon your bike and take up cycling.
There’s no activity quite as effective for burning calories as cycling; it’s the reason spin classes are so popular in gyms (and so notoriously hard). Even a leisurely cycle is going to burn more calories than walking. Cycling is also great for your skin, revitalizing collagen and making you less susceptible to sunburn in hot weather.
It’ll Save You Money
The rising cost of petrol prices has made driving very expensive. Traffic jams are where you use the most revs and burn through the most gas. Cut the cost of those urban commutes by cycling to work instead. Repairing your bike is also very easy and cheap; and of course, the cost of buying a bike compared to a car is far more affordable.
It’s environmentally friendly
When traveling by road, cycling is the greenest form of transport you could choose. Obviously, there are no emissions, but the material and manufacturing are much more environmental too – 5% that of manufacturing a car. So if you want to feel like you’re doing your bit for the planet, take up those handlebars.
Roads Are Continuously Becoming More Set Up For Cyclists
Go to Cambridge and you’ll struggle to find a road without a cycle path. Other cities are swiftly getting on board with this too, making cycling a lot safer. Cars must cater for bicycles on the road – if a car does force you to be knocked off your bike you’re well in your right to file personal injury claims. Don’t think that you are constricted to the pavement (just remember to always wear a helmet).
In some urban areas, cycling may, in fact, be faster than taking a car. You don’t have to sit in traffic jams and can take shortcuts such as alleys and parks that cars can’t. Just remember that most of the rules of the road still apply (no racing jumping red lights!).
It Improves Your Mind
Cycling can improve mental and cognitive ability, helping you to feel more organized and increasing your coordination. This is the result of extra oxygen getting into the brain while using all your body including your sense of balance. In this sense, cycling to work could improve your ability to finish tasks and work to deadlines as well as giving you higher motivation at the start of the day. For those sitting around in an office all day, it can be particularly beneficial not just for the body but the mind.
On top of this, cycling can strengthen neuro pathways that in turn protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia. If you want to live long and be mentally healthy, cycling is the answer!
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.