Bicycling To A Healthier, Greener Footprint

couple biking in fieldBicycling is green for your health, your carbon footprint, and the environment. So why not consider bicycling to a healthier green?

Ernest Hemingway once said that “it is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”

Beside the benefit of really getting to know you local environment, are you going to wait until your are hopelessly unfit to begin some environmentally beneficial physical activity? Bicycling is beneficial in uncountable ways, your health, your attitude, your carbon footprint and just as important, the environment. Anyhow, bicycling on a great, sunny day, you simply enjoy nature and the sense of freedom that bicycling gives you.

Here are the major benefits , for those stubborn, procrastinators who need a little more coaxing.

Health Benefits Bicycling represents a base training activity, and can benefit one’s health in many ways. It simultaneously provides both endurance and aerobic training, and builds muscles, stamina, and strength. It positively affects the cardio-vascular system, improves coordination and posture, improves joint mobility, and burns those calories that you want to get rid of. On the other hand, it is quite easy, and does not require a high level of physical skills, unlike other sports. Cycling is not a weight-bearing exercise. It does not strain your joints, but gets your legs moving and heart pounding. When you get older and cannot perform power exercises anymore, you can always maintain your fitness with bicycling, for as long as you want.

“Pocket” Benefits How much money do you spend on gas and unplanned car repairs annually? Or public transportation? People spend large parts of their income on this, while cycling is completely free (not counting a little extra laundry and a bike helmet). Biking to work every day can save you hundreds (even thousands) of dollars per year, while at the same time you reduce the environmental pollution and most importantly, your carbon footprint. So, grab your two-wheeler and leave the car parked. Save yourself some cash and instead spend it to spice up your lifestyle in other ways.

Reducing Pollution Its not rocket science that bicycles are the most green transportation option. Vehicle exhaust is one of the leading causes of global warming, releasing plenty of toxic fumes such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide, into the atmosphere.

Appreciate Your Day By traveling at a more human pace while cycling, you can relax and absorb the natural light – instead of zipping along or sitting in traffic in an enclosed capsule. Get out of the city limits, tackle a hill, or peddle down a quiet scenic detour to make your cycling time more interesting. It is a great way to spend your free time and shrink your carbon footprint, and be active at the same time. If you see a promising day upon waking up, make sure to take the most of it on your bike.

Reducing Stress & Anxiety “Bicyclists are generally younger and physically healthy”, says Eric Morris from Clemson University in South Carolina. Physical exercising is known to reduce stress, and people who commute to work via bicycle are generally happier than those who use other means of transportation. Also, exercising just before your work hours begin will make you mentally more prepared for your work day.

Just Plain Fun Getting stuck in a traffic jam can be frustrating. Cycling can give you a sense of freedom and independence. You need nothing more than a bike, some cycling gear, and you are ready to go. You are more approachable when on a bicycle, and there are always chances of meeting new people, talking to strangers, and simply feel human. Find a local cycling club in your town, go on cycling tours, make memorable bicycle trips, and have fun.

Must Have Bike Accessories :

Get A Good Basket – Keeping your hands free is critical. There are all sorts of options online and at your local bike shop. Look for either front handle bar detachable baskets that can serve as a shopping basket, or rear wheel collapsible baskets that can hold bulky items.   Also, comfortable backpack can be invaluable on errands. These options are popular with our staff: Sunlite Standard Mesh Bottom Lift-Off Basket, Nantucket Stained Bicycle Basket, Retrospect Bicycles Cane Woven Rectangular “Toto” Basket, Schwann Quick Release Wire Basket, or Bushwhacker Rear Pair of Bags.

Get a Good Lock – The new really thick cable combination locks work well.   These are flexible and there’s no key to lose.  Just set the combo to your birth-date for memory ease. These options are popular with our staff: Kryptonite Kryptolok U-Lock with 4-Foot Flex Cable, Etronic Combination Cable with Lock, or Csocoweb U-Lock with Flex Loop Cable. And the ultimate, never have to worry about your bike again! – Kryptonite Keeper Integrated Chain Bicycle Lock.


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John Stone