Well well well! This is new to me. I knew it was Bike Month, but as I scrolled through my Facebook feed this evening I discovered that May 13-17 is also very specifically Bike To Work Week!
So, let’s get off our duffs and DO IT!
Now, for those of us who are already sold on the whole cycling thing, even as a commuter (ummm…do I get to say I commute to work when I work from home?), the following will be a bit of preaching to the choir. But for those of you who are just kind of glancing around, wondering what all the hubbub is about, here are some reasons why you may want to find yourself in the saddle for the next 5 days, JUST to give it a whirl:
- Your heart will get stronger
Bike riding is a form of cardiovascular exercise. All cardiovascular exercise will help strengthen your heart. Regular cardiovascular exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Therefore, you can potentially lower your risk of heart disease by riding a bike on a regular basis.
- Weight Loss
You can burn over 600 calories in just 45 minutes if you ride your bike at a vigorous pace. One pound is equal to 3,500 calories. This means that you can burn nearly one pound a week just from riding your bike.
- Build a Stronger Immune System
Cardiovascular activities like cycling help boost the immune system. If you have a strong immune system, then your chances of developing illnesses and certain cancers will be lower.
- Stronger Leg Muscles
Your leg muscles will get stronger if you ride your bike on a regular basic. Additionally, when done correctly, cycling strengthens the muscles in your core and arms.
- Longer Lifespan
There have been studies done to show that cycling can potentially increase lifespan. Health researchers believe that cycling helps increase lifespan by reducing the risk of illnesses that can shorten one’s life. Some people get injured while they are cycling, but studies have shown that it does not injury does not have an effect on a person’s lifespan.
- Wards of Depression & Anxiety
Cycling is not only good for your body, but it also helps you feel good. Your body releases endorphins when you ride your bike. Endorphins, or the feel good hormones, help you feel relaxed. These hormones can also help ward off depression and anxiety.
What other benefits do you get from riding your bike to work? What are the challenges you find when trying to use the bicycle as your primary mode of transportation to and from work? Does your employer support you?
Tell me about your experiences – and Keep On Riding!!