Now that the weather is warming up a bit, we love to rejoice and celebrate the rites
One of my favorite “rites” is being able to enjoy riding my bike again.
Let’s face it, riding in bitter winter winds and brutally cold temperatures is simply not
my idea of fun.
Plus, biking is so much healthier than traveling to work in cars, buses and trains.
Do you commute every day?
If so, then you and I have something in common–along with millions of others.
Many people we know choose to drive to work, while others may take a train or bus.
However, few choose to cycle.
But cycling could be the best choice of all, and here are 5 great reasons why:
1) Boost Your Health
With many of us doing little more than sitting at a computer all day while at work, exercise
is becoming more and more important to living well.
It’s your body that keeps you going day in and day out, so it’s important to keep it in decent shape.
Cycling to work–or for any reason–is a fantastic way to help keep your body healthy.
I also love to bike to the local farmer’s market for light shopping trips or simply ride and enjoy
the sights of the city.
By cycling, you’ll also eliminate the need to spend so many hours in the gym before and after
work, saving you money and also time.
2) Save Money
Choosing to cycle to work is pretty much guaranteed to save you money, and who isn’t looking
to save money in these difficult times?
First, you don’t have to pay for a car in the first place.
Second, you don’t have to pay any tax for your car.
Third, you don’t have to pay for fuel and, well, you get the picture.
If you’re using any kind of public transportation other than your own two feet to get to work
each day, then you’ll almost certainly save money by traveling on a bicycle instead.
3) Clear Your Head
People who exercise regularly know how good it can feel for the body, but we also know
how good it feels for the mind.
Exercise can help clear your mind, distracting you from your worries and concerns.
It’s also a known fact that cardiovascular exercise can help with mental health, reducing both
anxiety and depression.
It’s also a great way to spend quality time with your family.
4) Protect The Environment
Global warming scientists confirm that we could have a big problem on our hands if we don’t
start to take action right now, and the best place to start is with your carbon emissions.
One of the biggest sources of these emissions is car travel.
By using your car less,
you can directly contribute
to reduced carbon emissions.
Now that’s a powerful reason to get out of your car and bike more often!
5) Get There Faster
Although cycling isn’t usually thought of as the fastest way to travel, it clearly beats walking.
However, on commutes where there’s a lot of traffic, cycling can also be quicker than travel by
bus or car if you don’t live too far away.
Even if it’s slower than your car journey, you’ll still get to work pretty quickly, and can enjoy
the many other benefits listed above by doing so.
So whether you use your bike or CitiBike, just grab a bike and ride!
Your mind and body will thank you and so will the environment.
It’s time to hop on my pink bike (yes, it’s actually pink) and ride!
Do you ride a bicycle to work–to or shop or for exercise?
What do you like best about biking?
Share your thoughts and experiences with us.