We all know that you need to get regular exercise to improve our health. But did you know there is a really easy way to add exercise to your daily routine twice a day? It’s cycling to work.
Even if you can’t cycle all the way to work for practical reasons, how about cycling to the nearest train station?
Cycling is not only good for your health, it has so many other benefits. Let’s have a look at the main ones in detail.
Improve physical fitness
The most obvious benefit is, of course, an improvement of your physical fitness. Cycling improves not only your muscle tone, stamina and strength it also strengthens your cardiovascular fitness.
Lower risk of chronic diseases
As already mentioned, regular exercise such as cycling will improve your cardiovascular health, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease. But overall physical fitness also drastically reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancers and lowers your body weight.
Good for the environment
Fewer cars – less CO2 emissions. Cycling reduces your carbon footprint and improves the environment for everyone.
As there’s no fuel to pay for, cycling is cheaper than travelling by car. If you normally go by public transport, you’ll save on pricey fares.
Cycling to work will not only save your money on your commute, however. As you now exercise regularly anyway, you could also cancel that gym membership, saving even more money in the process.
Supports your mental health
Cycling is a lot less stressful than driving. You’re less likely to be stuck in traffic, you’re out in the fresh air and will benefit from arriving at work with a clear head, rather than all stressed out from your commute. Compare that to being stuck on public transport sandwiched between a host of other people quite often with added body odours, you can easily see that cycling is good for your state of mind.
In addition, daily exercise reduces stress and alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Other benefits of cycling to work
- Kick start your metabolism
- Early exercise suppresses appetite
- Improves your posture
- It can be faster than driving
- Improve your sleep pattern
How the Work Well Practice can help
Here at the Work Well Practice we can help with an audit of your staff’s behaviour and come up with an actionable plan that we can also help to implement. We provide mindfulness courses and workshops as well as management and employee training.Back to blog