Riding a bike to work is more than just good for the environment, it’s good for your health. Read on for the top reasons why you should ride your bike to work.
Not everyone can ride their bike to work. Some live far away from work and have to commute across state lines. Some live in dangerous places where an enclosed space is necessary.
But if you live in one of the many bike-friendly cities in the world, it’s absolutely feasible to ride your bike to work.
In fact, it’s healthy!
Which is why we’ve put together a list of reasons why it’s good for you to ride your bike to work.
1. Riding Your Bike To Work Is Good For Your Pocketbook
Driving costs are going up yearly. And this year, all driving costs went up except fuel cost. But don’t let the dropping fuel costs fool you.
All other costs have gone up too. And the annual cost per mile of even a small sedan is at 44 cents a mile. That’s over $7000 dollars a year. On average.
So, imagine what doing without your precious set of four wheels will do for your pocket book?
Imagine one million dollars over 35 years. Imagine, how much you might have in retirement if you could save that much money over the course of your career.
Riding a bike to work is probably the soundest financial decision you could ever make.
You save on gas, tires, insurance, and pretty much all aspects of car maintenance.
Yes, you can have the miles on your car reduced on your insurance plan. If you want to use your car only for long trips, let them know. They’ll reduce your rates!
2. You Won’t Have To Waste Time At The Gym
Unless you are going to the gym to get ripped, why pay for a gym membership when you can bike to work?
So, how far away is your work? If you have a 20-minute bike ride, and you weigh 200lbs, you can burn 120-260 calories depending on how fast you pedal.
Now, of course, the less you weigh, the fewer calories you burn. But every calorie counts toward weight loss.
But your goal shouldn’t just be weight loss. Overall fitness doesn’t have to do specifically with your weight. That is only a fraction of all fitness level factors.
If you can get your heart pumping, that’s a great thing for your body.
If you bike daily, you are 35% less likely to develop high blood pressure. This makes you less likely to experience a heart attack later on in life.
Plus, if you are overweight, your joints will thank you for riding a bike instead of running for exercise.
3. If You Are Healthier From Riding Your Bike, You Save On Healthcare
Portland, Oregon is one of the most bike-friendly places in the United States. And when they wanted to invest in bike lanes, they gathered information on bikes and their impact on health and economy.
They found that if they only spent $57 million dollars on bike infrastructure around the city, they could save residents over $590 million dollars in healthcare costs over 30 years.
That’s more money in the pockets of residents to invest in the economy.
If more cities and more people bought into bike culture, they could revolutionize the healthcare landscape.
You would see less sick people waiting in ERs. You would have more doctors able to spend more time with the really sick people in your city.
And think of the impact on pollution in your city. The impact of pollution on human health is tremendous. It causes over 3 million deaths worldwide.
And it causes diseases like heart disease, lung cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and asthma.
Reducing pollution would reduce the drag on the healthcare system that these diseases create. And we will see more people living longer and happier lives because of the reduction in pollution.
4. Your Boss Will Actually Be Happier
Alright, so this is an indirect benefit for you. But a study by a Dutch company showed a correlation between people biking to work and not calling in sick.
And when you and your co-workers are not calling in sick, productivity goes up. And when productivity goes up, there is more money for raises.
This could mean millions of dollars for larger companies if they don’t have people leaving work all the time.
And if your company pays out sick leave at the end of the year, then you get that much-needed bonus. It’s a win-win for anybody getting healthier by riding their bike to work.
Another reason why riding your bike to work endeavors will keep you from getting sick. Avoiding public transport.
Public transport is great. It helps people get around who can’t afford taxis or cars. But it’s also a hotbed for the spread of disease.
Let’s just think about this for a minute. You’ve got maybe 10-20 people riding a bus every 20 minutes. That’s at least 2000 people on a busy day.
Imagine just a few of those people have a cold or a flu bug. You really do have more of a chance that the virus or bacteria will spread in such a busy and close environment.
5. You Save Time Not Parking
Unless you’re special enough to have a designated space to park your car, parking is very sparse and competitive in a city.
Really, you waste a lot of time looking for parking spots in your lifetime. The average motorist wastes 109 days of their life looking for parking spots.
Imagine spending 109 days straight looking for a parking spot. Driving around and around the block for 109 days. That would be torture, right?
When you ride a bike to work, you aren’t wasting time. You’re getting exercise while you go straight to your destination. No searching for a place to park your vehicle needed.
And some companies might even let you take your bike with you to the office.
If we’ve convinced you to switch up your lifestyle, check out the many portable and folding bikes out there. You don’t have to spend a fortune to break into the biking revolution.
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