5 Reasons you should cycle to work

Monday 30 September 2019

Choosing to cycle rather than drive isn’t just good for the environment - there are plenty of reasons why biking to work is a great choice.

Cycling has become a more popular way of getting around in recent years. While part of that is because we want to be more green - which is, of course, a good thing - many people don’t realise that taking your bike instead of the car actually has a wide range of benefits that can seriously improve your health and happiness.

Here at Brookson, we want all our staff to be able to be able to experience these benefits. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Green Commute Initiative to help everyone cycle if they want to. Through the Cycle2Work initiative, you can lease a bike and/or any accessories you need for it for 12 months via a salary sacrifice scheme.

You can opt for anything up to the cost of £1,500, and doing it this way can be as much as 42 per cent cheaper than buying a bike outright! It’s never been a better time for Brookson staff to cycle, and here are five reasons why doing so could be the right option for you:

Improve your fitness

Cycling is an incredible form of exercise for a number of reasons. First of all, it burns plenty of calories. The actual amount depends on your weight and speed, so here’s an example: let’s say you weigh 75kg, and live 10 miles away from work. If you cycle at a reasonable 15mph pace, your commute would burn a hefty 500 calories each way.

It also builds muscle, and not just in your legs. You’ll use your arms, shoulders and abdominal muscles to stay upright and steer, so they’ll get a workout too. It even helps to build stronger bones, as pushing on the pedals increases bone density without putting excess stress on the joints.

Save money

Let’s use that same 10-mile commute as we did in the earlier example. If you drove that distance to and from work each day, it would cost you over £550 in petrol over the course of the year (assuming you have an average car that gets around 50 miles to the gallon). And bear in mind, that’s only going to go up if you get regularly stuck in traffic, or if the cost of fuel increases.

If you cycle to work and stick with it, you’ll be saving that money each year. You’ll also get all the other benefits in this article as a bonus!

Help the environment

How much carbon dioxide do you think your car is releasing into the environment during our hypothetical 10-mile commute? You might be surprised to find out it’s 2.86kg, which goes straight into our atmosphere. We’re obviously not saying that switching to cycling is going to save the world, but it’s certainly going to help.

It also has a knock-on effect. If you cycle, your car won’t be on the road, meaning traffic will be reduced. The more people do this, the less time drivers will spend in traffic jams, meaning less greenhouse gas being released into the air. It might not be much, but every little helps!

Boost your mood

While improving your fitness, saving money and helping the environment are all likely to make you a bit happier, there are actually more mood-boosting benefits to cycling. Exercise in general is great for this, especially when done regularly, as it has been found to reduce stress and improve your mental health.

However, while you can get those benefits from a trip to the gym, cycling has another positive trick up its sleeve; it gets you exercising outside. This has been found to boost people’s moods, and even increase their overall self-confidence. If you find yourself needing a pick-me-up, cycling could be the answer.

Make yourself smarter

That’s right, you read that correctly: cycling can even increase your brainpower. Regular exercise has been found to improve people’s mental performance, as well as boosting their memory and ability to learn. It’s even been linked to preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s by defending against cognitive decline.

So if you want to be healthier, happier and smarter, cycling to work could be the right choice for you. Remember, our Cycle2Work scheme will let you lease a bike up to the value of £1,500, so just ask and we’ll help you get pedalling in no time!

By Victoria McDonnell

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