FIT TIP: Take Two Wheels to Work
May 20, 2014 // Category: Fitness Community
According to the US Census, one half of the US population lives within 5 miles of their workplace. Yet less than 1 percent of workers nationwide bike to work. It’s true that cars rule the road, but the benefits of biking are greater. Give it a shot, and make an open-air ride to work part of your daily routine! Why? It’s all about the three Es.
If finding time for the gym is problematic, make your commute work for you. Depending on your weight, you can burn between 215-500 calories during a 30-minute bike ride. That’s 215-500 more calories than you would be burning sitting in a car. Looking to lose a few? The average person loses 13 pounds biking to work for a year. Get on the seat, slap on the helmet, and start to slim down!
Taking two wheels to work adds up. The average annual operating cost of a bike is $308, while you’ll spend $8,000 on your car. And don’t forget about the fuel. If you’re commute is 20-miles round trip, you’ll save around almost $10 in gas per day, plus the cost of parking. Oh, one last benefit—your time is money. Cycle and skip the traffic!
Transportation makes up nearly 30 percent of U.S. global warming emissions, and the lion’s share is from cars and light trucks. If you can, get your workout in and go green at the same time – you’ll do your part in clearing the air!
If you can’t bike to work every day, even a few days a week in the saddle will save you money, help the environment and improve your health! Do you live too far away? (Pssst, we’re not up for 40-mile ride either.) Try driving halfway to work and stop at a Park and Ride or a mall. Unload your bike and ride the rest of the way.