Not on the cycling bandwagon yet? Thinking 'should I start cycling to work?' Wondering why so many of us have started cycling to work more? Well if you need a reason to start, we’ve got ten. Have a look through this article and we challenge you not to be sporting the lycra.
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Should I start cycling to work? Yes! Here’s why!
1. Improve your health
The average person in their first year of cycling will lose up to 13lbs. This is because just one hour of cycling can burn up 600 calories, so, if you’re looking at a 30 minute commute to work and back again via bike, chances are you’ll be dropping the pounds sooner than you think!
Any physical activity and a healthier lifestyle will improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Regular cycling however, has been proven to reduce the risk of cancer by up to 45%, heart disease by up to 50% and it also helps you deal with stress 32% better. So hop on, cycle to work and discover a healthier commute.
2. Cut travel costs
Okay, so a decent bike and equipment may set you back to start with and unlike a car there’s not many options for finance. But once you eliminate heavy motoring costs such as fuel, maintenance and insurance overall you could save about £3,280 per year by commuting on your bike.
A cycle to work scheme is a good alternative to finding personal finance if you’re looking to get a brand new bike. A bike scheme allows you to save up to 42% on a brand new bike and accessories by paying for the bike directly from your salary.
3. Cut travel time
Research by Citroën has shown if you commute by bike in the UK’s major cities you’ll get there in half the time of cars.
In fact, if you drive for an hour in Cardiff’s rush hour, you’ll spend 30 minutes going absolutely nowhere compared to an average of around 12-15mph whilst cycling.
4. Be happier
It’s official, a study by the YMCA has revealed what every cyclist already knows, cycling makes you happier. If you’re in a good mood at your desk while everyone else has Monday morning blues, it could have something to do with your ride into work.
The study shown that people with a physical lifestyle had a wellbeing score 32% higher than those with inactive lifestyle.
5. Protect your ticker
You can cut your risk of heart disease and related illnesses such has heart failure and cancer by up to 50% according to studies from Purdue University in the US. And according to the British Heart Foundation, around 10,000 fatal heart attacks could be avoided each year if people kept themselves fitter.
6. Clear your mind
Need a clear head for a big day? Then get cycling to work. Researchers from Illinois found that a 5% increase in cardio-respiratory fitness from cycling led to an improvement of up to 15% in mental test and productivity. Your boss will love you.
7. Avoid illness
If you eat lots of sugary snacks and never exercise, you could be at risk of developing diabetes. Cycling for half an hour a day could lower your risk of becoming a diabetic by up to 40%. Research has also shown that cycling to work at least 3 to 4 times a week can reduce absenteeism by up to 18% of those who don’t cycle.
8. Sleep better
An early morning ride might tyre (sorry) you out in the short term, but it’ll help you catch some quality shut eye when you get back to your pillow.
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked insomnia sufferers to cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day. The result? The time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep was cut in half, and sleep time was increased by up to an hour.
9. Reduce pollution
You’d think a city cyclist would suck up more pollution than drivers and passengers. Not so according to a study carried out by Imperial College London, researchers found that passengers in buses, taxis and cars inhaled substantially more pollution than cyclists.
On average, cyclists inhaled approximately 60% less ultra fine particles of pollution than bus passengers and drivers. It’s thought that cyclists inhale fewer particles because they cycle near the side of the road rather than directly behind the exhaust fumes of motorists.
10. Save the planet
It takes around 5% of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike, and a bike produces zero pollution. You can also fit 20 bicycles in the same space as one car. Just imagine the materials, energy and space we could save when building more eco friendly spaces for bikes.
Commuting by bike could save up to 1,500KG of greenhouse gases, when you cycle to and from to work. And you’ll travel about three times faster than walking for the same amount of energy.
So what are you waiting for?
Pedal to the metal and hop on that saddle, a healthier, more eco friendly and financially stable mode of transport awaits your commutes. We promise, once you start you’ll be leading the pelotons in no time!
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