Have you ever wondered what the benefits of cycling are? Do you need additional motivation to get out riding? This post will give an overview of the top four benefits of cycling. Enjoy riding knowing that you are staying healthy, saving money, minimizing your environmental footprint and having fun!
1. Stay Healthy and Fit
In today’s modern world, we have managed to simplify our lives to the point that we hardly find ourselves doing any physical activity. The world is changing at a very fast pace and we all want to save time so we have more to concentrate on other things. We’ve got remote controls, cars, online shopping, cell phones and a lot of other things that simplify our lives, but what we don’t realize is that without any physical activity, we’re exposing ourselves to many health conditions. Cycling helps you stay fit and active – a successful recipe to be physically healthy. With cycling you can say goodbye to diseases like obesity, heart disorders, stress, arthritis, diabetes and cancer.
Here’s what Dr. John Dosman of Saskatoon says about the importance of physical activity, “As a family physician the major health challenges I address every day, and will in the future, are those chronic conditions we hear so much about–obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, depression, and anxiety. The scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that even 15 minutes of daily exercise can change outcomes for these conditions. But I struggle each day to find ways to get my patients to be more active. Helping them to find the time in their busy schedules to conveniently include physical activity is often one of the main challenges.”
2. Find Financial Savings
Apart from the health benefits, we’ve got some financial reasons to back up the need for cycling every single day! If you have a car, you need gas, you need to carry out maintenance, licensing and the list goes on, but when it comes to a bike, apart from basic maintenance and tires, you don’t have to worry about anything else. no matter where you go, it’s free! The best part is that whether the gas prices go high or low, you won’t miss your ball games!
According to the Sierra Club, “Forty percent of all trips are made within two miles of home. Analysis by the Sierra Club shows that if American drivers were to make just one four-mile round trip each week with a bicycle instead of a car, they would save nearly 2 billion gallons of gas. At $4 per gallon, total savings would be $7.3 billion a year.”
3. Reduce Environmental Footprint
I’m sure you know how dangerous smoke is to your health and cars can make it worse, for example think about traffic. According to Environmental and Human Health, “Chemicals in vehicle exhaust are harmful to asthmatics. Exhaust can adversely affect lung function and may promote allergic reactions and airway constriction. All vehicles, especially diesel engines, emit very fine particles that deeply penetrate lungs and inflame the circulatory system, damaging cells and causing respiratory problems.”
A bike uses no fuel, it doesn’t require any special engineering to make and finally it doesn’t require any toxic battery or motor oil, making it completely eco-friendly. Not only do bicycles contribute to a clean environment it also prevents air pollution. Every year approximately 12,140 lbs of pollutants (hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide) are released from passenger cars and around 17,025 lbs is discharged from light trucks. By using a cycle, you can escape harmful pollution and continue to your destination without worrying about traffic congestion.
4. Have Fun!
For most people, cycling is a hobby, they do it for recreational purposes. They enjoy staying fit by treating themselves to fresh air and beautiful scenery. You’ll see some recreational bikers spending Saturday morning biking into the hills to see a beautiful sunrise, then they’ll be seen heading to the beach, maybe a park or local bike parks – for the sole purpose of ‘setting themselves free’ from the clutches of their stressful lives.
Based on Adult Bicycling, “Recreational biking has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few years as families have tried to combine fitness activities and family time and individuals have searched for a way to get out of the office and get back to nature on weekends.” Recreational biking is not the same as training for a bike competition, in other words it’s more about bike sightseeing because the pace of the bike is more casual and laid -back and the primary focus is to have fun and stay fit!
Have fun riding knowing you’re staying healthy, saving money and helping the environment!