On yer bike for National Cycle to Work Day
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 16:01:41 Europe/London
Tomorrow is national Cycle to Work to Day, which is an annual campaign, with an aim to encourage everyone to leave their vehicles at home and hop on two wheels for one day to enjoy a leisurely cycle to work.
741,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly, a number that is steadily growing according to the census data, but with the help of this national initiative organisers of Cycle to Work Day are hoping to get those figures up to one million people regularly cycling to work by 2021*.
So now we know about the campaign lets talk about all the bonuses that cycle has to offer.
Aside from the obvious fitness benefits recent research highlighted that cycling also sharpens your thinking and can help reduce stress.
In a recent study in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, scientists found that people scored higher on tests of memory, reasoning, and planning after 30 minutes of spinning on a stationary bike than they did before they rode. They also completed the tests faster after pedaling.
Exercise releases natural endorphins and cycling in particular forces the nerve cells to fire up and intensify the creation of proteins, which can assist brain function.
Another fantastic benefit to cycling is that it’s cheaper. Riding your bike to work requires no petrol, insurance or MOT plus you get free parking! It also gives out zero emissions so you can rest in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. Stress levels will also be reduced as you dodge the traffic and instead enjoy your natural surroundings whilst breathing in some quality fresh air.
All you need is a comfortable well-serviced bicycle, a helmet and away you go. Although do remember that as we enter autumn dusk falls earlier so ensure you wear reflective riding attire and have lights fitted to your handle bars and the rear.