Five benefits of cycling to work

Five benefits of cycling to work

We know it’s good for us, and it saves money, and now the Covid-19 pandemic has given us another reason to jump on a bike in order to avoid public transport. You don’t even have to be “all in” – you can mix public transportation with cycling in case the weather’s bad or if you just don’t feel like it. At Uncommon we make it that little bit easier by proving secure bike lockers at all our workspaces, as well showers. So when you arrive to work after your cycle, you can easily transition into your work day.

If you need any more persuasion, here are 5 benefits of cycling to work:

Save money

The expenses involved in cycling to work are far lower than running a car or taking public transport. Cyclescheme estimates a saving of around £3000 a year if you cycle to work every day!

Health

Cycling is a great workout for your heart, and it’s easier on the joints than running. It’s a great way to lose weight, whether you need to shift a few pounds  or just want to trim up. You can burn 400-750 calories an hour depending on the type of cycling you’re doing.

Having exercise as part of your daily routine means you won’t have to worry about fitting it into your schedule or whether you’ll feel motivated. In addition, you’ll save money on gym membership! It also reduces your risk of catching Covid-19 due to greater circulation of air and less risk of coming into contact with others on your commute.

Destress

Any exercise that requires a good amount of effort can decrease stress and anxiety, and improve your levels of happiness. This in turn leads to lower levels of depression and improved sleep.

Save time

In London, cycling often quicker than travelling by car and often public transport. If you usually travel in heavily congested areas, you may find cycling door to door saves you time. And who is going to miss sitting in traffic? Save time, and improve your mood!

Help the environment

On average in Europe, driving a car emits about 271g of CO2 per passenger-kilometre. Taking the bus will cut your emissions by more than half, but if you really want to reduce them, try a bicycle. Factoring in bicycle production and the food it takes to power you, the total CO2 emissions per kilometre of riding your bike is about 21g, more than 10 times less than a car.

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