In the midst of increasingly crowded city traffic with motorized vehicles, there are still people who choose bicycles in their mobility. In big cities even a community of cyclists has emerged that consistently paddle their bicycles every day to go to work.
Cycling is indeed healthy because cyclists are just like exercising. “Cycling to work is a great way to incorporate exercise into your weekly routine, without the need for expensive gym membership or personal trainers,” said the head of the UK Cycling partnership at HSBC England Luke Harper.
“You begin to feel refreshed, endorphins flow around your body, and start the day with a natural high,” he told the Coach Mag.
But is cycling in cities full of dangerous motorized vehicles? According to Harper, this is not the case. “Our perception of the dangers of cycling goes far beyond reality. For many of us, there are obstacles that prevent us from riding two wheels, “he said.
One does not have to be a cyclist to ride a bicycle. If you are nervous about going to work, there are ways to build self-confidence including doing running exercises over the weekend when there is usually less traffic. This will help you get used to the route.
We often think of cycling as a means of transportation. However, in fact riding a bicycle recreation around a local park or on a national cycling route can help us relearn skills or techniques that might rust after a long time of not cycling. “This method helps increase your confidence before using the road,” explained Harper.
According to research from the University of East Anglia, you can lose seven kilos in two years if your daily trip by bicycle lasts more than 30 minutes. In an analysis of 18 thousand British passengers published in the Preventive Medical journal, it was found that routine cycling can also increase concentration and reduce stress levels.
The study also found that the longer people spend in the car the worse their psychological well-being. According to the National Travel Survey, two-thirds of people in the UK over the age of five have never cycled or on average bicycles less than once a year. The European Commission’s survey found that only four percent of people in the UK were cycling every day.
These numbers are not impressive. In the European Union, only Cyprus (two percent) and Malta (one percent) have a lower percentage of daily cyclists. If the number increases by nearly 43 percent like people in the Netherlands who ride every day, the benefits will be extraordinary. The benefits of cycling will be picked by both individuals and society as a whole. Cycling is like participating in reducing air pollution and creating a healthier population.