I read with interest the following news item that –
“Rising petrol prices, growing awareness of environmental issues and the popularity of cycling as a recreation sport has fueled a surge in demand for bicycles around the world.”
If you look at it closely, it makes perfect sense to use Push Bikes (as they are called in England) or cycles – as often as possible. If your work place is near to home – then ditching the gas guzzling, carbon spewing, environmentally hazardous monster ( some guys call it a “car”) – makes a hell of a difference to the environment. Not to mention the obvious benefits to health and saving a little money.
Some guys I know are so lazy that they take out the cars for 300 yards trip as well! When will some people have the sense to walk or bike and be health conscious!
Not only cycling is good for the battle weary beleaguered ozone layer and environment, it has obvious benefits (read weight loss, good cardio-vascular workout and savings).
Hopefully with the rising oil prices we will see more interest in cycling our way to health.
A short re-cap on the health benefits of Cycling
Cycling increases your strength, Stamina, aerobic fitness and general muscle function with little risk of over-exertion or strain. It also encourages healthy behaviour, especially diet. Research says that once you are feeling healthy after shedding a few pounds, you become more health conscious.
Lowering Risk of Heart Attack
The heart muscles are strengthened, resting pulse is lowered and blood fat levels reduced. People who cycle regularly suffer far less heart diseases than people who don’t.
Shedding excess Weight
By burning body fat, and raising your metabolic rate you can lose weight. Cycling is also a more comfortable form of exercise for the over weight than many other activities. If you are over weight and trying to lose weight, cycling is certainly gentler on your knees than pounding the pavement with the knees getting the shock waves going through them with every heel strike.
Your anxiety, stress and depression are all alleviated, partly due to the exercise itself and also the sheer pleasure of riding a bike. In medical speak; this is due to the release of endorphins. Endorphins are “feel good” hormones that are usually released after a good workout and make you feel better. Bicycling is often faster across town than any other way of transport, especially in busy, congested cities like London for example. So, no more getting stuck in traffic jams and losing your cool.
Bicycling is a fuel-free form of transport. By switching from car & motor bike to cycle for short journeys, you save on petrol cost. Moreover, you don’t waste time exercising for the sake of it. Cycling fits into your daily routine.
Go green with Biking
Cycling is healthy, both for you as an individual, and also for the community you live in. You help to cut air, noise pollution and traffic congestion. Using a bicycle is easy, cheap, convenient, healthy and fun.
Sounds too good to be true!
Try it yourself. Join the millions of people who experience the sheer pleasure of riding a bike.