Cycling to Work - The ultimate lifehack
Posted - March 26, 2017
It's no secret that exercising regularly is the best way to stay in shape and boost your metabolism but it's also the key to improving many other aspects of your life.
Finding the time to work in this exercise, however, can be more than difficult! Those extra hours quickly get filled with other commitments!
Combining your exercise time with your commute can be a great lifehack that goes beyond just improving your physical condition. That otherwise dead time where you're sat in traffic jams can hold the solution to a healthier, happier, personal and professional life.
We've all had those mornings where you're on your third cup of coffee in 2 hours and can't quite get into the rhythm of the day. Those days rarely follow a morning with exercise. It doesn't need to be a long journey but increasing your heart rate allows more blood to flow to the brain which can help sharpen your awareness, kick-start your metabolism and give you more energy throughout the day.
When you exercise your brain releases serotonin, which helps you feel better and helps improve your state of mind. This, in turn, will help you better deal with the day-to-day stresses that we all encounter through a typical workday and helps us create improved relationships with co-workers, friends, and family. The journey home also gives you time to relax and de-stress, so when you get home you have a better quality of rest and relaxation.
You don't have to be fit to start cycling, rather cycling will help you get fit! The biggest advantage of cycling over other forms of aerobic exercise such as running or jogging is that it is very low impact on your joints. This allows the body to exercise for longer and while running is thought of as burning more calories, this can easily be evened out by increasing exertion levels when you feel ready.
Regular exercise can also help reduce the risk of developing some more common illnesses. This means an increased resistance to influenza or common colds and less need to be laid up in bed for days at a time. On a more serious note, the benefits of regular exercise include helping to reduce the risk of long-term diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, and Heart Disease. Even more reason to make a positive change to a more sustainable lifestyle.
The financial benefits are well covered, the average UK car costs it's owner over £1,000 in fuel each year, how much of that is your commute or small trips that you could do on a bike? If you're a public transport user then you'll know all about the rising costs of your commute and cycling to work some days can be an effective way of minimising your costs. It's not just you that will save money, the whole country will, a recent study estimated that the Cycle to Work Scheme has a positive societal impact of £72m!
A switch to include cycling to work in your life will leave you with more energy, more money, less time in the sick bed, a healthier mind and fitter body.
If you're looking for ways to improve your day-to-day life, you've just found the ultimate hack.