Do you want to live healthier? Do you enjoy money? Do you want to help save the environment by becoming more green? Do you hate traffic? Do you love the outdoors?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, I have a solution that will help you accomplish one or all of these goals: Ride your bike to work!
I know for some of you it may be near impossible due to the length of your commute, but for some of you who don’t drive very far to get to work, this little change in routine will provide you with a whole batch of benefits that will leave you (and your wallet) a whole lot healthier.
Live a longer, healthier life!
Bicycling is a low-impact, aerobic exercise. It’s low impact due to the reduced stress placed on the knees when compared with similar exercise such as running. When you run, especially on pavement, your knee joints can take a beating from the constant pounding they receive. However, there is very little impact on the joints while riding a bicycle, which reduces your risk for inflammation and other injury that can keep you out of commission.
The aerobic aspect of cycling will give your heart a workout. Moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise reduces your risk for heart-attack and disease as well as maintaining healthy blood-pressure, cholesterol levels, and body-weight.
Have more money!
I don’t know many people who wouldn’t like the sound of that! Especially in this economy, we are always looking for ways to save money, but very few people think of biking to work as a way to accomplish this. Most people are afraid to step out of the mold and change from the conventional form of transportation, but once you begin to experience the freedom (physically and financially) that bike commuting offers, you may never want to go back to your old ways.
Biking to work will save you tons of money in the long run. Use this calculator, provided by Kiplinger, to help you get a visual of the actual amount you will save per day by altering your method of commute. You may be surprised how much you spend on gas, parking, and tolls on a daily basis. Just think what you could do with that extra cash!
Be more GREEN – help the environment!
Let’s face it, us humans pollute… A LOT! Aside from the tremendous amounts of garbage and other wastes we put into the environment every day, we also get in our cars to drive a mile down the road. If we need to run to the store, we drive. If we need to get something to eat, we drive. If we need to… well, you get the point.
The point is, we drive everywhere! Even if it just as easy to walk, or better yet, ride your bike! If you chose to ride your bike for every short trip, you would greatly reduce your share of carbon emissions and other harmful gases produced by cars, trucks, and SUV’s. If more people start to follow this pattern, imagine the benefit this would have on the air quality and environment around us.
Establish a consistent, positive mood!
By now, you probably already know how exercise can positively affect your mental attitude and mood. Biking is a form of exercise, so it does the same. But it will also brighten your mood by keeping you outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, knowing that you are positively affecting the environment around you. Even the idea of saving tons of money will make you feel good too!
So what are you waiting for? Get a bike, start riding, and enjoy the benefits! (you can thank me later)