Cycling to Work Day, a day that has become decreasingly popular over time. I remember when I was younger and my schools would make a huge deal out of this day to try and get kids to cycle to school. However, it seems as though not many pay attention to this day anymore.
Although, now that many will be starting university soon, going back for another year or starting a new job then it may be a good idea to start contemplating cycling there. Yes, among this generation cycling somewhere can be seen as inferior to those who choose to drive. However, there are many benefits (some are common sense) to cycling that may sway you.
Less chance of catching Covid – There will be an increasingly lower chance of catching the virus by journeying outdoors. There are lots of ways you can catch it when taking public transport, you are interacting with so many people and touching different surfaces that could have been touched by someone infected with the virus. Then there’s carsharing and while you may think that you know the person you’re sharing with, there could have Covid without symptoms or be in the incubation period. Think of it this way, you are confined in a small space with someone that may have Covid. So there is no better time than now to get into cycling.
Environmentally friendly – This one needs no explanation. By cycling, you are not emitting any toxic gases into the atmosphere and, therefore, doing your part in helping this planet recover from years of pollution.
Health benefits – Another one that is self-explanatory. As you are getting your blood pumping, the increase in circulation (compared to being sat in your accommodation all day or in a car) can reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease. An article published by Cycling Weekly states that cycling can actually strengthen your immune system, an advantage that everyone needs during these infectious Covid times. Let’s not forget that the short work-out will any unwanted fat and can get your glutes ready for next year’s summer body.
A new hobby – If you keep at it and make yourself cycle places, you may actually end up enjoying the exercise and cycling can become a pastime for you. It is a great way to get out of the house/accommodation for some fresh air, a change in scenery. Also, cycling can be an incredible stress reliever, so if you have an assignment, class presentation or roommate that’s causing you stress then why not take your bike for a spin?
Amazing holidays – Say that you do get into cycling and enjoy doing it, you can go on some beautiful national holidays. There are cycle routes around the UK that are surrounded by beautiful scenery. For Example, Dolby Forest, North Yorkshire, has multiple cycle routes within and is a stunning forest to cycle through. However, it is not only national holidays that are the best but international as well. If you have watched some cycling on TV then you will know that there are famous cycling tours that happen every year in France, Spain and Italy. It would be a great holiday idea to visit one of those places and cycle the routes the tour runs through.
No more late marks – If you are someone who is frequently late to their seminars or work then cycling is the one for you. With cycling being much quicker than walking, you can set off at the same time you usually do and you will get there with a few minutes to spare. Then you will not be late anymore and you will not miss any of the important information given out at the beginning of your class or meeting.
A full night’s sleep – Since you will (hopefully) be cycling to one location and back, the exercise will tire you out. If you are struggling to sleep or sleep lightly, going out on your bike every day or two days will help you sleep as you are using your muscles more than you are used to.
New friends – Once you start cycling, you will realise that a lot more people do it than you think. You can join a university society or a local sports club and meet new people there. It is a warm feeling to know that your new friends support your decision to cycle and do not judge you for it.
Those are just a few benefits to riding your bike, why not try it out and find out more?