Health Benefits of Commuting by Bike

22
Feb
2012

Bicycle commuting seems to be a hot topic in city culture these days, and it’s so great to see more people moving in this direction.  The benefits are endless, and things like improved health and affordable medical insurance are just the tip of the iceberg.  If you are interested in how to start commuting by bike, or the benefits associated with it, then keep on reading.

Tips to Start:

You don’t essentially need a special commuting bike, you just need one with good tires and a sturdy frame. However, you should try to get a bike that has a rear rack and panniers if possible. The actual bike riding isn’t that difficult, but there are some things to be aware of and consider.

First, you likely won’t want to commute with your work uniform or suit on.  It might rain, there may be dirt or mud on the road, and you will probably sweat.  Instead, put it in the rear rack.  A backpack can also be used, but if it’s not a waterproof pack the sweat might extend through your back and into the bag.  Also, be sure you have a rain jacket ready, just in case it starts pouring. When you do go out, wear comfortable clothes that allow easy movement.  If it’s in your budget, you can also get cycling commuter type shoes such as those made by Chrome.

If this is your first time cycling in years, consider letting go of the car slowly.  Build up your endurance by commuting a couple of days a week and then moving towards letting go of the car.

Health Benefits:

Aside from the benefits of improving your health and strengthening our muscles, there are many other long-term benefits of commuting by bike.  People who actively commute often have a 50% lower chance of getting heart disease.  Cycling is also able to improve and lower stress.

If you actively cycle for about 30 minutes, you can lose about 11 pounds a year.  How about that?  This is just the calories burned.  Since you also gain muscle, you will burn more calories at rest as your body increases it’s lean muscle mass.  Also, if you cannot perform rigorous exercise, cycling is a great option because it can be done at the speed and level you feel comfortable with.

Financial Benefits:

Not only is cycling good for your health, but it is also a great way to improve your financial health as well.  If you are looking for individual health insurance plans, or any type of affordable medical insurance, being in shape and regularly cycling can be beneficial. People who are in shape get lower premiums because they are at lower risk for disease and health conditions.

Not only that, owning and using a car is becoming more and more expensive. Registration, gas, insurance, parking, license, maintenance and many other things can really add up.  Even reducing your gas bill by $20 per week (which is not a lot of gas these days) can save you over $1,000 a year.

There is no need to convince people that commuting by bike has a huge amount of benefits.  If the idea of improved health, lowered stress, better insurance premiums and fewer car costs gets you excited, take a closer look at becoming commuter.  Talk to other people who do it, search for articles and resources online, and speak with your company about what they can do to make commuting easier for you to implement into your lifestyle.

Once you wrap your head around it and begin, you’ll soon find out just how fun it is once your body gets used to it.  See you out on the road.

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