One of the best parts about summer is being able to take advantage of the warm weather. In fact, May is National Bike Month! This month provides an opportunity to highlight all the great benefits of biking. Celebrate by biking to the gym, the office, or around your neighborhood.
Biking is not only great for the environment, but for your physical, mental and financial health as well.
Bike for Your Body
Regular cycling can decrease stress levels, strengthen your muscles and flexibility, and increase cardiovascular fitness. Think of it this way: A 155-pound person biking at a pace of 10-12 mph will burn around 7 calories per minute. This same person would burn less 5 calories per minute by walking. Still not convinced? Research shows that you’ll continue to burn calories even after you stop riding.
Bike for Your Mind
Biking not only improve your physical fitness, but your mental health as well. Studies have shown that people who bike have improved self-esteem and reduced depression and anxiety. Whenever something has you stressed, why not hop on a bike and ride it out?
Bike for Your Wallet
Cut down on your expenses by incorporating cycling into your life. In fact, a daily 4-mile bike commute can save you 66 gallons of fuel in one year. You can save money on transit, gas, or maintenance for your car.
Great for all aspects of your health, you’re out of reasons not to start biking.