How bicycle commuting can boost your fitness and make you happier
Need a refreshing change from your daily commute? Your commute to and from work can be massively improved by just one simple change. Instead of driving or taking public transport all the way, consider cycling all or part of the distance.
Here are some key reasons why bicycle commuting can dramatically lift your mood and boost your health.
Bike commuting reduces stress
Recent research by Stanford University into the breathing patterns and heart rates of more than 1,000 bike commuters over 20,000 commutes discovered that not only did people who cycled to and from work enjoy lower levels of stress, they were also much fitter.
Bike commuting offers many benefits: fresh air, the opportunity to exercise and enjoy better health, and no delays due to traffic jams. Cycling is also more affordable than driving or catching public transport, with a much smaller environmental footprint. And if these aren’t incentives enough, studies show that being out in the sunshine can increase your serotonin and dopamine levels, making you happier.
Ride electric and arrive fresh
Riding an electric bike eliminates many of the hassles of traditional cycling to work. For example, if you’re worried about getting sweaty before your important meeting, choose an electric bike to commute to avoid turning your ride into a sweat bath.
An electric bike makes for a fantastic commuter bike because it can help you maintain momentum, even when tired. Pedal assist can be a real lifesaver on those days where you don’t feel like pushing too hard or you’re exhausted after a long day at work.
Make the most of your commute
Here are some of our best bike commuting tips to help you become a pro at cycling your daily commute.
Have a lot of stuff but you’re not sure how to carry it? Stow all your gear and accessories in a place that’s easy to access, such as a wicker basket on the front of your bike.
If you need to store your bike in your house or office but are short on floor space, invest in a folding bike or try hanging your bike from a hook on the wall.
When out and about, make sure to use a U-lock or cable lock to keep your bike secure from theft.
If you’re carrying a suit or blazer to work, hang it in a dry-cleaning bag, roll the bag up gently and place it in your basket to arrive at your destination wrinkle-free.
Check out our range of electric bikes
For many, an electric bike is the best bike for commuting because of the versatility it offers.
Explore our extensive range of high quality electric commuting bikes online.
When on the hunt for a bike, remember to choose a bicycle that matches your specific needs. For example, if you’ve got little storage space in your home, a folding bike is your best bet. If you want a bike that gives you the freedom to ride off road, mountain bikes are a terrific option.