WELLNESS | Inspiration to Ditch the Car on Bike to Work Day
The Bay Area’s 19th annual Bike to Work Day is tomorrow, May 9th as part of National Bike Month. While this is an exciting event that promotes health and environmental issues, inevitably many people will rationalize their way into taking a car to work. But with so many concerns about pollution, traffic, and health, there is really no excuse not to bike to work. Below are some benefits to remind you just how great biking is, and hopefully they will inspire you ditch the car tomorrow.
- Bike commuting can help you reach the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, which is necessary for good heart health
- Biking is a good way to burn calories. Check out this Bike Commute Calculator to see exactly how many calories you’ll shed on your daily ride to work.
- Biking is easier on your body compared to some other forms of exercise because of its low impact, aerobic nature. Cyclists live longer according to a study found in Health Care Magazine.
- There is no age limit for biking. Because it is so low impact, many people aged 70 and over still bike regularly.
- In terms of environmental benefits, the total number of pounds of pollutants emitted per year is 12,140.30 lbs/year for passenger cars and 17,025.80 lbs/year for light trucks, while riding a bike produces no pollutants.
Now that you’re inspired, you should check out the Bike to Work Day website, and pledge to ride. Although you don’t need to register in order to bike to work, it is the only way to win the prizes that the organization is giving away.
Biking to work is a great way to begin your transformation toward health and fitness, but there are tons of ways to make sure you keep to this path. If you’re interested in a healthier body, you should check out Ori Hofmekler’s Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat: The Secret Science Behind Physical Transformation. Hofmekler describes in simple terms how to re-engineer the body at the cellular level to burn fat and build muscles.
Photos courtesy of Richard Masoner (www.cyclelicio.us) from Bike to Work Day 2011.