it can be hard to change and start doing something different. Cycling has a whole host of benefits, but many find it too inconvenient or difficult to find the energy to exercise. It may seem like a lot, but here are just a few reasons to get motivated:
- Health – Cycling is a great form of low impact exercise that improves aerobic fitness. It’s great for those who don’t have the time or money to go to the gym. Regular cycling will also help with burning calories and weight loss. You don’t see too many overweight cyclists.
- Mental Alertness – Early risers who feel sleepy in the morning can benefit from a gentle, morning bike ride. It helps with circulation and alert for the rest of the day. Those who have sedentary job can also balance out their activity level by cycling.
- Saves Time – This is especially true for people who live in the city or just a short commute through town. Cycling can be quicker than driving are getting on the bus in these types of conditions. Many car journeys are less than three miles, seeking easily travel by bicycle in that distance.
- Flexibility – Biking is a flexible form of transport. You can squeeze down small alleyways and other paths inaccessible to cars. You can also take the picturesque route on your travels. It’s also easier to get closer to shops and places to work. You also don’t have to worry so much about traffic and parking.
- Saves Money – Driving a car can be expensive with the cost of repairs, insurance and gas. Commuters also have to deal with bus fares and parking fees. Bicycles are only a fraction of the price, generally costing only a few hundred dollars each and require little to maintain. When you take your bike in for repairs, you don’t have to worry about paying hundreds of dollars. This can be especially useful for struggling college students, earning their education through an online degree or otherwise.
- Social Benefits – Most people buy for personal reasons, but there are a lot of altruistic ones to have as well. Riding a bicycle will help reduce pollution and traffic congestion. When riding a bicycle you’ll never have to worry about running someone over.
- It’s Cool – Cycling is also becoming a trendy activity, the new fancy second car if you will. If you choose to become a cyclist, you’ll be joining a group people conscious of their health and the environment. Cycling is open to all.
- Recreation – Above all cycling is just plain fun. Cycling at a high speed can release endorphins and improve your mood. It’s not all road rage.
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Cycling Info (2010)
British Cycling (2012)