If you’re sick of driving or commuting to work, or have simply been wanting to become more active for some time, you may have considered buying a bike. Biking is faster then walking, and can actually be faster than public transport as well, is is not only a therapeutic way to get some exercise, but it has also been proven to reduce stress and improve your self esteem.
Here are some ways that buying a bike can change your life:
You’ll save money
While you may think that buying a bike can be expensive, it will actually save you money in the long term. By choosing a reputable bike company like Leisure Lakes Bikes you know you’ll be buying a bike which will last for years. If you spend some time comparing road bikes you’re likely to find that the initial investment is far less than you thought, and it will quickly pay for itself over a few months of you ditching public transport or paying for less gas.
You’ll become healthier
If you work in an office you’re probably sitting down all day, and even in the weekend we often drive or use public transport when we need to go somewhere. By getting a bike you’ll find that you have quickly gain in cardiovascular health, and you’re likely to lose weight as well.
Cycling is good for your heart, and is also a really good way to tone and build muscles, especially in your thighs, calves, and butt. You’ll also find that you’ll burn lots of calories while you’re biking, and cycling will keep your metabolism firing all day so you can eat more. Win-win.
You’ll look younger
Recent research suggests that regular cycling can increase circulation, which mean that nutrients and oxygen are getting to your skin cells more effectively, and flushing out those harmful toxins. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
You’ll even get smarter
A recent study from Illinois University found that the cardio-respiratory fitness used in cycling can lead to an improvement of 15% in mental tests. It boosts oxygen and blood flow to the brain, and can also ward off diseases like Alzheimer’s.
You’ll live longer
King’s College in London did a study comparing more than 2,400 identical twins, and those who biked the equivalent of three 45 minute rides per week were biologically younger by 9 years, even after influences like smoking and BMI were taken into account.
You’re saving the planet
A car park takes up the space of 20 bicycles, and making a bike only takes 5% of the energy and materials which are used to make a car. Using a bike also means that you’re producing zero pollution. You’re also travelling around three times faster than walking.
You’re avoiding pollution
You may think that cyclists are sucking up more pollution since they’re often stuck behind cars ,but a research by Imperial College London found that passengers in taxis, cars, and buses actually inhaled much more pollution than pedestrians and cyclists.