What is the Benefit of Cycling?
The bicycle is a form of transport that predates most others on the roads today – bar perhaps the horse! It’s a simple, effective and cheap form of getting about, and can also be a lot of fun. Furthermore, it’s great exercise and an excellent way of enjoying time with the family.
We could add that it gets you out in the fresh air, and close our article about the benefits of cycling right there, but there is so much more to add! What do you gain from cycling? A lot, as it happens, so here goes!
Cycling to Work
To start, let’s consider the benefits of using a bike to get to work. If you work in the city, or even in a busy town, there are many reasons why you should ditch the car and take the bike!
The first is that it is cheaper; a car stuck in slow moving traffic uses a disproportionate amount of fuel when you consider the time it takes to get to your destination. Fuel is not cheap, after all!
A bicycle, on the other hand, will be able to move much quicker through the traffic – with due care and attention at all times, of course – and you will get there quickly, and in a stress-free and fresh state ready to go!
Many employers provide secure places to store bikes, and in some cities, there are safe lockers in which you can leave your bike for the day. It’s worth checking out and could save you a lot of money.
It’s also worthwhile checking out with your employer whether they participate in Cycle to Work Scheme as it allows you, as an employee, to spend up to £1000 on bikes and accessories or other equipment, tax-free. This way, you can save money up to 40 percent on the overall value. A no-brainer.
Cycling for Fun
What do you do on your days off? Do you get a chance to spend time with the family? Perhaps you want a day out with the kids, but the prices of most attractions are simply extortionate.
So, why not take them cycling? Across the UK there are many thousands of miles of dedicated cycle routes, both in and away from urban areas. Get a good bike roof rack, put the bikes on the car and head somewhere fresh and exciting for an off-road experience.
Or, you could take a ride down one of the many canal tow-paths that are cycle-friendly, and stop for a leisurely lunch at a waterside pub.
Cycling is an excellent way for couples to spend time together, too, and what’s more, it’s fantastic for you!
Cycling for Your Health
Let’s start this section by saying that it is a proven fact that cycling is great for your health, both body and mind. It gets you out in the open, you can leave the stresses and strains of work and home life behind for a while, and you also get all the following benefits:
- Weight loss
- Reduced body fat
- Muscle toning
- Improved mobility
- Better circulation
- Stress relief
- Better coordination
That’s a few just for a start, but you can see from the above that there are many benefits to be gained from cycling as an exercise and health and fitness programme.
You could, of course, get a gym membership and work out on a regular basis, or invest in your private home gym. Why go to that expense, however, if you can get the same – if not more – level of exercise and health benefits by taking regular cycle rides?
So, next time you need to go to the shops for a pint of milk and a loaf of bread, don’t take the car – go on your bike! Check out the best routes for cycling to work, and to begin with do it one day a week, then work up to more as you wish. Set yourself a sensible cycling routine where you do a couple of miles – to begin with – every day, then work up to more. You can always check the best possible cycling route from Sustrans National Cycle Network.
Cycling is fun, cheap and healthy, and whether you do it alone or take your family with you, there are many benefits to be had from this very green and eco-friendly form of transport. Is there any other benefit you can think of that hasn’t been mentioned here?