May is National Bike month, which means it is a great time to think about replacing your car for your bike during your commute. Besides fresh air and cutting down on your carbon foot print, we have plenty of reasons for you to replace your seat belt for a bike helmet – and they all help your health!
- Biking is a great form of exercise. Biking is an excellent cardiovascular workout and leg strengthening and core exercise. Switching to a bike for your commute is also an excellent way to sneak in exercise if you are lacking time. Do a test run on a weekend before you try your commute before work. This way, you will have a good idea of how much time to plan and how sweaty you feel from the ride. Don’t forget to pack a flat tire kit, wipes to clean up after your ride, and a few hair or body products to freshen up before you walk into the office.
- Biking will eliminate stress from traffic, construction, and increase your time spent outside. Have you ever come home from work frustrated from traffic congestion, bad drivers, or slow travel time thanks to construction? Most of us have. Biking gets you out of that stressful environment and gives you more time outside. Eliminating just one stressful situation from your daily activities can help you maintain a happier, more peaceful mood.
- Increase in communities biking can mean a decrease in the cost of health care. More bikers mean that more people will get more exercise and fewer healthcare dollars will need to be spent on chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Did you know that biking is especially helpful to women, who can suffer from diminishing bone density as they age. Increased time exercising, like biking or walking, can help assuage the loss of bone density.
- You can set aside more money each month, easing your peace of mind. Riding a bike is significantly cheaper than the monthly cost of gas and maintaining a car. And commuting by bike does not mean that you have to buy a new road bike either.
- Help cut down on exhaust emission, making the air healthier for everyone. The less drivers on the roads and the more bikers mean a smaller carbon foot print, less demand for gas, and roads withstanding less wear and tear. Fewer cars also means less air pollution, which can help everyone’s health.
If you are considering trying out a bike commute, give it a try this May and see the impact it can have on your life and the lives of others. Plus, you can reap the financial and health benefits that come with it.