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I purchased a ZiZZO bike a while ago to ride at the park and on light trails that are miles from my house. With ZiZZO, I don’t need to hassle with a bike rack in order to bring my bike for a fun ride. Also, I could just ride to the park and not worry about riding back since I can always call Uber or Lyft if I didn’t have the stamina to ride home. However, it wasn't until I landed a job only six miles from my house that I thought I might be able to do something new and different: bike to work.
I was sitting in standstill traffic for over 10 minutes and noticed some people riding bikes passing me by. I had been driving my car to work ever since I first got one (both a car and a job) in my early teens. It pretty much seemed like the “go-to” way to get to work from day one. But after watching these cyclists zoom by me, I decided to give a different route a shot!
Here are a few reasons why you should consider riding your bike to work too!
You’ll Be Happier at Work
I was ready to start the day with a smile after hopping off my one-seater and parking it in the office bike rack. You will too because according to the Mental Health Foundation, “Cycling boosts your mood in the same way all physical exercise makes you happy: by influencing the release and uptake of chemicals in your brain that make you feel good.”
The Foundation also notes that physical exercise can reduce stress, boost self-esteem, reduce depression and anxiety. All this, just from switching “gears” on your daily commute to work.
A Fun Approach To Health
I may have seemed tired after cycling into work for the first few days, but after four days – I felt more energized throughout my workday! That’s because regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation, reduces blood fat levels, and also reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
After a few weeks, my coworkers also noticed I was wearing a smaller dress size and my completion was brighter!
Enjoy Discovering Nature
I remember the day I first bicycled to work. I ended up taking a route I’ve never seen before and for a portion of the ride it was parallel to a pond. I passed by a family of ducks, a multitude of squirrels and patches of greenery and flowers I never knew existed.
Riding a bike to work will open doors to little-known secrets of your hometown that you’ll later be able to share with your friends and family, or revisit when you need to escape to special space!
Have Fun While Saving Money
Have you ever felt like half of your paycheck is going to the gas station? I did... until I started riding my bike to work! I started saving lots of cash fast! According to Mr. Money Mustache, “Starting at the bare minimum: any mileage you put on your bike instead of your car saves you about 50 cents per mile in gas, depreciation, and wear and maintenance. From this savings alone, riding to work only one day a week (12 miles) will add up to $32,256 over ten years.”
*Editorial note: that quote was from 2016, so we'll save even MORE $$$ now, in 2021!
I ended up spending my extra cash on massages and electronics. What are you going to spend yours on?
Have Fun While Saving the Earth
My BEST reason to start cycling to work? I am now able to tell my friends, family, and myself –that I am contributing to a greener planet. Cycling is an eco-friendly transportation option that, of course, gets cars off the road. I now use minimal fossil fuels and my commute is a pollution-free mode of transport.