Click me

5 Benefits of Riding your Bicycle

5 BENEFITS OF RIDING YOUR BICYCLE Feel Happier 1 Apart from the increased self-esteem and confidence that getting fitter and leaner will give you, simply spending more time outside will cheer you up. This is thanks to the ability of sunlight to boost your levels of the feel- good hormone serotonin. The other major benefit of getting more daylight in your life is that you'll sleep better and longer. Live Longer A study was conducted into the effects of cycling and biological age.The research compared over 2400 identical twins and found that those who did the equivalent of three 45-minute rides every week were 'biologically younger' by nine years, even after discounting other influences such as body mass index (BMI) and smoking. 104 Cheaper Travel 3 According to the RAC, the yearly cost of car ownership in the UK is about £5,869, the lion's share of which is down to fuel. Today, petrol costs roughly £1.29 per litre and diesel £1.34 per litre, with both figures rising to record highs. We could even make headway to reducing the national debt by cycling. Modelling for Cycling England shows that upping cycling levels by 20 percent in the 10 years up to 2015 could save £107 million in reducing premature deaths, £52m in NHS costs and £87m in fewer sick days. Get Leaner 4 Sports psychologists have found that the body's metabolic rate – the efficiency with which it burns calories and fat – is not only raised during a ride but for several hours after. And as you get fitter the benefits are more profound. One recent study showed that cyclists who incorporated fast intervals into their training burned three-and-a- half times more body fat than those who cycled constantly but at a slower pace. Get Greener 5 It takes around five percent of the materials and energy used to make a car to manufacture a bike, and cycling produces zero pollution. Bikes are efficient machines too – you travel around three times as fast as walking for the same amount of energy and, taking into account the 'fuel' that you put in your 'engine', you can do the equivalent of 2,924 miles to the gallon. Some stats to get you on your bike! 20 times less dangerous than not cycling. A Zone 3 Oyster card commute in London costs £5.80 a day. 97% chance of not getting rained on. Cycling in London has increased by 91% since 2003. Twice as fast as a car in traffic. A middle-aged cyclist is typically as fit as someone 10 years younger. 4 miles is the average cycle commute. 60% of car trips are shorter than 5 miles £382 a year to boost the economy for every new cyclist. 16 mile commute = 800 calories. That's 4 bags of crisps or 12 fig rolls or 6 bananas or 6 cans of coke. At current rates, 60% of the population will be obese by 2050. A bike takes 6.2 tonnes less carbon than a car to make. 10 bikes can be parked in the space it takes to park one car. Reference

5 Benefits of Riding your Bicycle

shared by GeorgiaT on Sep 23
Riding your bicycle has all kinds of benefits and pluses to it yet we decide not to! Here are 5 (and a few more) reason to ride your bike today!


Did you work on this visual? Claim credit!

Get a Quote

Embed Code

For hosted site:

Click the code to copy


Click the code to copy
Customize size