5 Reasons Why You Need to Bike
October 29, 2017
When was the last time you rode a bike? As a kid? A college student? Or maybe on vacation? It was fun, right? Maybe it’s time to start riding again and here are five great reasons why:
One: Cycling is good for your body. Hate to exercise? Cycling is a great way to get a workout without feeling like you’re working out. There are plenty of benefits, too: increased cardiovascular fitness, increased strength, increased endurance and stamina; and increased calories burned. Your cycling workout doesn’t have to be a formal ride either. Bike to the store for groceries. Bike to a friend’s house. Cycling is great even as we age as it doesn’t stress the joints like running.
Two: Cycling is good for your psyche. Life is stressful. When you cycle, you release the stresses and anxiety of the day. At the end of a ride, you’ll feel more relaxed, energized and happy. It’s run and so much cheaper than a therapist!
Three: For your budget. Depending on what type of car you own, it costs between 20 and 30 cents a mile to go anywhere based on the price of fuel and maintenance. This doesn’t include the cost of insurance and taxes which make the cost of operating a car even higher. Nor does it including the cost of parking, toll roads and tickets (if you get them). Riding your bike to work can easily add up to hundreds of dollars in savings a year. If it’s not practical to ride to work, do errands on your bike. Installing baskets on the front or back let you carry a surprising amount of stuff. Just make sure you have a good bike lock!
Four: Convenience. Tired of looking for parking places and fighting traffic. When you ride a bike, parking is a non-issue. Malls, stores, city spaces, and even festivals and concerts often have secure places to park and lock your bike, often right near the entrance of the building. And forget getting stuck in traffic. You can often cycle around it.
Five: Good for the environment. Bikes have one power source: you! There’s no oil or gas and thus no exhaust. You also eliminate noise pollution!
Bonus Tip: If you’re a travel nurse, travel with your bike. Bikes are a great way to explore your new city. You can cycle at your pace, stop for a latte and learn the lay of the land. Local bike shops often have groups who get together for rides which makes making friends super easy.
Ready to get back on your bike?