Cycle to work day: 8 things switching to a bike did for my wellbeing
By Ella Walker. Published 2020-05-29BOLD-Wellbeing
As we are asked to avoid public transport if we can, TheBoldAge looks at the benefits of cycling to work
It gives you a sense of achievementBy the time you get to work, you already feel like you’ve achieved something. Tackling a hill, swooshing under a bridge, beating yesterday’s time, smugly cycling past a bus – even a mile or two of this leaves you feeling pretty amazing.
It cuts out gym guilt – but is still great exerciseNo early morning yoga class or weights session required. In fact, when you’re doing a fair few miles on the bike each day, you don’t ever need to feel guilty about not going to the gym again.
It offers a moment of mindfulnessCycling to work means a solid block of solo, processing time. On the way in, you can get all your planning for the day done, going over any problems or issues you’ll have to deal with, writing responses and questions in your head. While on the way home, all the buzzy work stuff in your brain gets dealt with by the time you whip your helmet off and get in the door. It makes the logistics of life much more manageable.
It’s a time outSometimes, instead of using it as thinking time, it can be pure not-thinking time. You can totally empty your mind and just focus on your feet pedalling round. It’s like a form of meditation (although, the road rage at inconsiderate drivers also offers some anger release too).
It guarantees fresh air, nature and vitamin DAnd beats the indoor trudge of a spin class.
It’s a stress busterBetween the mindfulness of being out on your bike, the endorphins from the exercise, and the joy that comes from eliminating maddening train or car commutes, cycling is seriously calming.
It’s cheapIf money is a worry, opting to bike to work rather than driving or paying for public transport can really help relieve financial stresses.
It makes you feel freeWhether you struggle from a form of anxiety or claustrophobia, or just like to be in total control of what you’re doing, where you’re going, and when you can leave (without relying on lifts or catching a bus), cycling offers a healthy, empowering way out. Plus, if you pick up enough speed, it almost feels like you’re flying.
Boldie Links:here is the link to british cycling who have some great resources and tips
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