The percentage of Americans who bike to work has increased 60 percent over the last decade. And while their commute is a little longer than before, this new fleet of bikers is finding that adding a few minutes to their morning commute pays off. Here’s 4 reasons why you should join them:
Biking keeps you in shape
You don’t have much free time penciled into your busy schedule, so spending an hour or two of it in the gym is a big sacrifice. And let’s be honest: if you have to choose between watching the latest episode of “Game of Thrones” and doing a cardio workout, there’s really no competition. But if you bike to and from work, you get two cardio workouts built into your schedule every day. And you do it without giving up any “Game of Thrones” time. Biking is a great way to stay fit, and you have to get to work somehow, so why not save yourself the time at the gym?
It will shrink your footprint
You probably know that cars aren’t exactly environmentally-friendly transport. They emit greenhouse gases, such as carbon-dioxide, which contribute to global warming, and they release chemicals into air that are bad for human health and help cause acid rain. Plus, the oil most cars depend on to function is a nonrenewable resource, and our supply of it is drying up. Since bikes are 100% powered by your legs, they don’t deplete any world resources, and they don’t emit any gases into the air. So you dramatically shrink your carbon footprint by replacing your gas-guzzler with a trusty bike.
You’ll soak up some ‘D’
Working in an office is a great way to avoid tan lines and sunburns. By the time you get out of work every day, the sun is on its way out, too. And while you dodge the skin cancer risk and premature wrinkles frequent tanners face, that means you might be missing out on a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Vitamin D improves your mood and offers all kinds of health benefits, including a lowered risk of cancer. If you bike to work, you’ll soak up plenty of Vitamin D on your way to work, even if you don’t see an ounce of daylight the rest of the day.
Biking saves you cash
Gas doesn’t come cheap. The average American household coughed up $2,912 dollars on it in 2012—almost four percent of the average household income in the U.S. If you bike to work, you could pocket a significant portion of that gas money instead.
So instead of taking the car to work tomorrow, consider donning your helmet and taking your cycle for a spin. You might have to set the alarm for a few minutes earlier than usual, but the sacrifice will definitely be worth it.