With the warmer weather, and with summer now just around the corner, you might be looking for more ways to reconnect with the outdoors. You might even be looking for a way to fit in some extra minutes of daily exercise. Though there are plenty of ways you can do a little bit of both, cycling is increasingly becoming one of the go-to ways to take hold of all the health benefits you want, without altering your current schedule all that much. If you live close enough, here are a few of the reasons you might consider bringing your old road bike back to life.
Brain Power Boost
Illinois University recently discovered that the cardiorespiratory fitness from cycling was linked to a fifteen percent increase in brain performance. The reason? The rigor of riding your bike more often help the brain create new cells in the hippocampus—the region of the brain known for memory. It’s also known to help stimulate the areas of the brain that promote both productivity and creative energy.
A Balm For Insomnia
Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a study where they had participants who suffered from insomnia cycle for about twenty to thirty minutes at least every other day. At the end of the study, those same participants took half as long to fall asleep, and spent at least an hour more sleeping at night.
Bypassing The Morning Jam
According to Business Insider, Americans spend almost half an hour driving to work each day on the lower end of the average, with commuting time being almost twice as long in metropolitan areas. Because the average commuting distance is usually right around five miles, cycling to work can sometimes actually end up taking less time to get to your final destination.
More Money In Your Wallet
Though gas prices went down recently, they’ve been just as quick to climb back up to their average rate. On average, the cost of owning a car increased to roughly $8,946 in 2012. For comparison, it usually only costs about $308 a year to keep a bike in working order. And because cycling is so closely tied with weight loss, lower risks of cancer, and heart disease, you also stand to save more on your healthcare bills over time.
Have you been cycling to work already or know someone that has? What stories do you have to share with our residents that are new to biking to work? Be sure to share some of your advice and experiences, and favorite bicycle-friendly routes, in the comments below!