Cycling to work is a great way to get some fresh air, while improving your general health and wellbeing. Once you have decided which type of bike you want to buy, you might want to consider cycling to work for the following reasons:
Cycling is an inexpensive way of travelling. You won’t have to pay for public transport, for petrol or the upkeep of a car, and you don’t usually have to pay to store your bike. Cycling is also great exercise, so could be a viable alternative to going to the gym, saving you money on a gym subscription. Those who are put off by the initial cost of buying a bike could consider taking advantage of bike sharing schemes, which are available in some cities such as London.
The fresh air you are exposed to when you cycle to work can boost your immune system, meaning you are less susceptible to colds and flus. Compared to travelling by public transport, you’ll also come into contact with fewer germs. Surveys have shown that those who cycle to work take half as many sick days as those who do not.
Being outside can also lead to feelings of wellbeing, and exposure to sunlight leads to increased levels of serotonin and feelings of happiness. This exposure to sunlight can also make you sleep better; cycling for 20-30 minutes a day has been found to reduce the time insomniacs take to get to sleep, and increase the time they spend sleeping.
One of the best things about cycling to work is that you can fit exercise into your daily routine without having to set aside extra time. Cycling is a great form of exercise because it is low-impact, and therefore does not put strain on your body in the same way as higher-impact activities such as running.
Cycling can increase longevity and decrease your risk of developing an array of disorders such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. It can also help you lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight.
When you cycle to work, you don’t pump any harmful gases into the atmosphere, in fact you don’t cause any pollution at all. A bike also takes 6.2 tonnes less carbon than a car to produce.
Depending on where you live, cycling can be faster than driving or taking public transport. You’ll also be less likely to spend time in traffic jams, and will spend less time looking for a parking space once you get to work.
Having already exercised by the time you get to work should mean you arrive feel more alert and energetic. Cycling can also be good for your overall wellbeing. Research suggests that cycling improves concentration, increases enjoyment of daily activities and reduces anxiety and stress.