6 Reasons to Get Involved in Cycle to Work Day

11 September 2017

1. You can live longer! A five-year study of 263,450 UK commuters by Glasgow University found that regular cycling can cut the risk of death by 41%!

2. Boost brain power – Cycling has been shown to increase blood flow to the brain by 28% (and up to 70% in certain areas), and stay elevated by up to 40% post exercise! Increased blood flow enhances brain function and repair, making us sharper and more alert, as well as helping warding off the risk of dementia in later life.

3. Cuts your risk of chronic diseasesStudies have shown that cycling to work can reduce your risk of developing cancer by 45%, lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 46% and reducing your risk from dying of it by 52%.

4. It's good for our mental health – Cycling helps our body to produce feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, which help to break down the feelings of stress and anxiety. A survey of people who have taken part in the Government's CycleScheme revealed that almost half felt that cycling has improved their mental health, and two fifths reported that it has had a direct impact on lowering their workplace stress.

5. It burns calories – Between 400-1000 calories an hour depending on the intensity and rider weight. Combined with a healthy diet, regular cycling can help you to lose weight, making the most of your commute!

6. It saves time and money – When you're next stuck in traffic in the car or on the bus, take a moment to watch the cyclists as they filter past the queues! Not to mention it could you save up to £3000 a year in commuting costs!