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Benefits of using your Bicycle to Commute

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Benefits of using your Bicycle to Commute

According to recent studies done by the University of Glasgow after tracking the health of more than a quarter of a million people over a period of five years, cycling to work, and as a form of commuting, on a regular basis halves the risk of contracting heart diseases.

Additionally, regular cycling lowers the risk of dying by nearly 40 percent, and reduces the chance of developing cancer by about 45 percent. If this isn’t enough to make get you hopping on to your saddle, here are more benefits that come from using your cycle on a regular basis – cycling to work, as a method to commute, regular rides etc.

In addition to the increased self-esteem and confidence that getting fitter and leaner gives you, spending more time outdoors is certain to cheer you up. This, owing to the ability of sunlight to boost your levels of the feel-good hormone - serotonin.

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Another benefit of spending increased time outdoors, in the daylight, is that you’ll sleep better and longer. Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked sedentary insomnia sufferers to cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day. The outcome - The amount of time the insomniacs took to fall asleep was reduced by half, and the time they spent asleep increased by almost an hour a night.

Exercising outside, or spending time outdoors, exposes one to daylight. This helps get your circadian rhythm back in sync, and rids your body of cortisol, the stress hormone that can prevent deep, regenerative sleep. Go on and head outside to better those Z’s.

Last, but not the least, cycling encourages you to reduce your carbon footprint! In today’s day and age, pollution has become a part and parcel of life. Encouraging the use of cycles for commutes and as a means of transportation to get to work, will certainly help get pollution under control, if adopted on a larger scale. To facilitate the popularity of using a bicycle to commute, there will be several changes or steps to be made by authorities to ensure convenience and facilities to cyclists on the roads, as well as to ensure their safety. That said, the more people who get to the saddle regularly to commute, the more one can urge authorities to make necessary changes.

What is holding you back? If you are looking to make changes and opt for a healthier lifestyle, why not hop on to your saddle and use your bicycle as a tool for commuting – in the process getting fitter, happier and richer (you save on gas money, and a whole deal more!)

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