If you really want to make a difference when it comes to environmental impact you make, but you don’t know where to start - take up cycling. Cycling is a super-green alternative to cars and buses, it’s going to make you thinner, healthier, and stronger, and in addition it will save you money. As if that isn’t enough, cycling can also make you feel less tired and boost your energy in no time.
#1 – Saves you money
With prices of gas and oil going up all the time, it’s a miracle so many people still drive cars. In addition, costs of commuting keep getting higher every year, and people struggle to find money for everything. If you choose to cycle more, you are going to save not only money,but time as well. Cyclists know all the convenient shortcuts and alleys which make you reach your final destination faster.
#2 – It’s a convenient workout
We all know the story: there is simply no time in your day to squeeze in an hour or so at the gym. Not to mention that you could use that money to buy something or pay a bill. If you thought that represents a problem, you are mistaken – bicycle is the cure for all that. Instead of getting up an hour earlier than you usually would to go running, cycle to work; or, if that is too much, try cycling to the store or to your friend’s house. No workout, but you will be working out all the same, and not only that, but you will feel energized and wide awake afterwards.
#3 – Keeps your joints healthy
Unlike running, cycling engages leg muscles and speeds up your heart rate without pounding your joints. Running eventually takes its toll on the body and can harm your knees, but cycling is great for muscles on your legs, and your knees don’t get nearly as much pressure. Your legs will keep pumping on the bike, and as the ride gets smoother and faster, you will discover that you’re actually doing a milder form of cardio. This kind of exercise is great for those who are recovering from an injury.
#4 – Get back to nature
Once you feel ready, you will likely want to go away for a while on your bike. This is a great opportunity for you to get in touch with nature once more: feel the wind with your entire body, and not just through the window of your car, enjoy the fresh air and rays of sun on your face. Just make sure you have all your bike accessories like glasses, water bottle, and a helmet on! You’ll most certainly need a sip of water every now and then, and your saddlebag should have some small tools as well, just in case you need to fix something.
#5 – You can help others as well
Cycling for charity is not a rare and unusual thing, and you will be able to help somebody in need simply by doing what you usually do and love. All over the world there are bike race events held with the aim of raising money for noble causes: multiple sclerosis research, cancer research, different local organizations, etc. Look around and do a bit of research, you never know what you are going to find: perhaps a huge 100-mile race which is going to motivate you to work out even harder, and for a noble cause as well.
Bicycle is going to turn you into a money-saving, fat-burning, great-looking machine of excellent health if you only give it a chance. Help our planet stay green, save some money, and do something good for your health at the same time – start cycling!
John Stone is a DIY enthusiast who occasionally likes to put his ideas down to paper and share them with like-minded people. He is a contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. His fields of interest include home improvement, sustainability, new technologies, and pretty much all-things-DIY. In spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and watching Formula 1.