Wanna Get Rich? Get On Your Bike.
Today is the first International World Bicycle Day
On 12th April this year, UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 3rd June as International World Bicycle Day. This Declaration encourages its 193 member countries to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes.
World Cycling Association (WCA) & European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) Secretary General Dr. Bernhard Ensink rightly states, “This UN declaration is an acknowledgment of the contribution of cycling to the sustainable development goals (SDGs).”
There is no doubt that bicycles are the most sustainable mode of transport available today. However, the world is moving away from this transport mode to something they think or feel is better than biking.
Cycles are being promoted as indoor equipment to health conscious people. Cycle is the only equipment in gyms that I find has got enormous functional value outside its four walls. But unfortunately, cycles are being deprecated just for exercise purpose.
There are tons of health benefits that we can derive from cycling:
- It helps in controlling obesity by keeping your body-weight optimized.
- It reduces risk of stroke, high blood pressure and heart attack by strengthening your heart muscles, lowering resting pulse and reducing blood fat levels.
- Regular cycling reduces the risk of colon, bowel and breast cancer
- It improves strength, balance and coordination which may also help to prevent falls and fractures.
- Regular cycling helps reducing depression, stress and anxiety.
- It helps sedentary insomniacs to get deep, regenerative sleep faster.
- Improves bowel movement with softer, easy to pass stools.
- It improves brain activity and help in preventing Alzheimer’s.
- It boosts your immune system and beats illness.
- Cyclists look younger, have a lower biological age and they live longer.
- Cyclists breathe in less polluted air than people riding in cars. This may appear contradictory to our perception but research has proven it. Probably, cyclists breathe in fewer fumes because we ride at the edge of the road and, unlike drivers, aren’t directly in the line of exhaust smoke.
But apart from health, there are tons of other benefits of using a bike to commute regularly:
- Bikes are earth friendly.
- They don’t pollute our environment with poisonous smokes.
- Takes 20 times less space to park compared to a car, saving the precious real estate.
- Takes less than 5% of raw material and energy used to make a car.
- Cycles travel 3 times faster than walking for the same energy you put while walking. Thus cycles are 3 times more efficient than walking.
- Energy used in mobility through cycling is comparatively lower than consumed in moving a car. On an average, a cycle is 6 times lighter than the rider’s body weight while a car is 20 times heavier than a rider’s body weight.
- If more of us use cycles instead of cars, we won’t need to create a lot of infrastructure in laying, widening and repairing of roads everywhere. The amount of earth saved from roads will help in recharging of ground water during rains, more area for forestation etc.
But did you know cycles can make you richer?
Well, if you consider all the above points, cycling is obviously a profitable proposition from all perspectives. If you keep yourself healthy, you can save a hell lot of money which is often spent on our health and medicines.
You will also save on your exercising or gym time by doing something productive. Cycling also exposes you to Sun and help you fulfil your body’s need of Vitamin D whereas gyms and exercises are mostly done indoors. So yeah, no need to supplement it.
And this is a no-brainer that bikes are far cheaper to purchase than a car. Even, you will save on parking, insurance and maintenance. If you are bothered about your commuting speed, the data from most cities reveal that a cyclist reaches his / her destination in lesser time than a motorist.
Cycling also improve your productivity and efficiency, which in turn will save you a lot of time and also make your boss happy a.k.a a raise or a higher bonus.
Researcher Jay Zagorsky, from Ohio State University, analysed data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and concluded that a one unit increase in body mass index (BMI) score corresponded to an £800 or eight percent reduction in wealth. So, losing some weight for the obese may result in unexpected riches through regular cycling.
Aside personal riches, cycling also contributes positively to our immediate environment, the planet Earth, community relationships and promotes sustainable mobility in our cities. Above all, you will get addicted to the cool breeze blowing on your face 😊. All these will help you evolve as a happier and better you.
So yeah, riding is the way to make your day, what say?
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