It should not come as a surprise that riding a bike is a great source of healthy physical exercise. What may come as a surprise though, is that despite the vast improvements in the cycling infrastructure in most places in Australia, the majority of people still do not bike to work.
I find this strange since I’ve never heard anyone that rides a bike to work complain about being stuck in traffic, whereas most of my car-driving colleagues often come in late and visibly irritated. So, if you don’t live at a great distance from work, or have a job at a company that requires you to come all suited up, what exactly is stopping you? The benefits of riding a bike to work are innumerable! Here are just some of them.
Stay Fit, Be Healthier
It’s a no-brainer that any type of regular physical activity is good for your health. But when you have a chair-bound nine-to-five job, it can be challenging to find the time to exercise. Biking to work is a great place to start ramping up your cardio. A simple, city-friendly model like the Fit Bike Co could keep you fit and on the path to wellness by stimulating contractions in your core muscles and accelerating your breathing and heart rate.
Lower blood pressure, increased levels of energy, muscle toning, and improved circulation are just some of the health benefits that come from riding a bike daily. Nevertheless, even just thirty minutes a week can be enough to significantly lower the risk of heart attack.
You don’t have to be a genius in maths to calculate that cycling to work costs zero money, as opposed to fuelling your vehicle every day and the parking fees and tolls that come with it. While it takes thousands of dollars to purchase and maintain a vehicle, a good bike, like for instance a Fit Bike Co, will cost you only around 400-500 dollars. There could be additional upkeep costs, such as changing tyres and purchasing pumps, but there will be rarely costs that exceed a hundred dollars.
Besides the money-saving aspect of bikes, there is also the time-saving benefit that’s sure to make happy anyone living big cities. As our urban environments expand, people living in Sydney can spend up to four days stuck in traffic per year. The good thing about bikes is they can easily skip past traffic jams. But even if you’re within a walking distance of work, a bike ride can get you there three times faster. Simply pit, there’s no denying that the bike is a great time-saving means of transportation.
Save the Environment
And last but not least, by using your car as rarely as possible and opting for an eco-friendly transportation tool like a bike, you are helping reduce pollution. An average car can release ½ kilograms of CO2 while an average bike releases only 0.7 grams and that’s only through the cyclist’s respiration. An added benefit is that the manufacturing process of bicycles involves only 5% of the materials and energy used to make a standard car. An all-round eco-friendly solution, indeed!