5 Good Reasons To Trade In Your Car For A Bike

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Longer life, improved health, increased energy, less expenses, and more fun. Cycling is officially one of the best ways to become a happier person. Here are 5 good reasons why changing a car for a bike is worth it:

1. It Makes you Happier

In addition to increased self-esteem and confidence in yourself for getting slimmer and staying in shape, spending more time outdoors practicing on the bike will definitely lift your spirits. Cycling outdoors helps you clear your mind and stay psychologically better. If you want to overcome the depressing effect of spending 8 hours locked in an office or factory with artificial light, through cycling, you go out and expose yourself to more time under the sunlight. The recommended lighting of an office is about 300 lux. Sunlight, even on a cloudy day, is over 1000 lux. The strength of the total light of a clear day is about 10,000 to 25,000 lux. With the ability of sunlight increasing your serotonin levels, you’ll feel better. Another important advantage of increased daylight exposures is that you will sleep better.

A study in the Stanford University School of Medicine showed that a group of sedentary people with insomnia who practiced riding outdoors for 20-30 minutes every 2 days reduced the time it needed for them to fall asleep by 50%, and increased for nearly 1 hour of nocturnal sleep time. The outdoor exercise exposes you to daylight. This helps stabilize the biological rhythm of the body and lower the levels of cortisol – a hormone related to stress, which promotes deep sleep that allows the body to regenerate.

2. Increase your Life Expectancy

Regular exercise significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, Type II Diabetes, any kind of cancer, hypertension, as well as obesity, to name a few. A study by Dr. Lynn Cherkas of King’s College London conducted an experiment on more than 2,400 identical twins compared with each other. They found out that those who are engaged in cycling for an equivalent of three tours of 45 minutes each week was about 9 years younger biologically compared to others who performed no exercise, even after accounting for other risk factors such as smoking or body mass index (BMI). According to the British Heart Foundation, about 10,000 fatal heart attacks each year could be prevented if people engaged in exercise. Do aerobic exercise such as cycling in order to accelerate the respiration and heart rate, which will help in stimulating the contraction of different muscles, such as the heart or intestinal muscles. In addition, the numbers of deaths from traffic accidents in 2010 left 1730 dead and 7954 injured in Spain. Changing the car for a bike is a good way to exclude yourselves from such grim statistics.

3. Transport is Cheaper

A few times, we have considered what the average cost of owning a car outright is. Below are some accounts related to the matter, not including the cost of gasoline: Car Price:$24,000 EUR a fund to 5 years at 8% APR Car insurance: About $700 per year Several revisions and repairs: About $400 per year The total annual expenditure of having a car owned by Euro is $6,284 during the last 5 years funding, or approximately $17 euros per day, plus the fuel needed to operate it. Today, with gasoline prices hovering around $1.50 euros a liter and still rising, it would be advisable to use public transport for short trips or in going to work. However, the prices of public transport in Spain are in the clouds and thousands of people are turning their travel day with the use of bicycles. Using a bike is the most economical solution since the only expenses you will have is the cost of the bike and the equipment you need (gloves, helmet, backpack, etc.). Whenever possible, the most favorable option is always the bicycle.

4. Lose Weight and Keep it Off

It is known that the body’s metabolic rate (the efficiency with which it burns calories and fat), improves with exercise. Not only can cycling burn calories during exercise and lose fat, but after a journey of 30 minutes by bike, your body continues to burn more calories for several hours. Becoming more fit gives more profound benefits. Increased cycling performance due to better fitness also means a greater number of calories burned, and reduces body fat more efficiently. Many people who want to lose weight thinks that jogging is the best way to start doing some exercise. But for people who are a little bigger, running may be counterproductive and risky. Think about this: your weight multiplied 2 to 3 times concentrated through your body on each foot that supports the ground when running. It may be too much force applied on one foot, causing injury and unnecessary pain.Instead of running, losing weight with the use of a bicycle is the most suitable for people who are extra heavy since most of the weight will be concentrated in the saddle of the bicycle. Muscles, bones and joints do not suffer too much work. 5. You are saving the planet. A bicycle manufacture uses only 5% of materials and energy used to make a car, in addition to bicycle contamination. Bicycles are the means of human transport that is more efficient. It travels about 3 times faster than walking with the same amount of energy consumed. Given the fuel that people use, the bike can do an equivalent of 1240 km per liter of petrol, because we need to nourish our bodies on the bike or not. There are compelling reasons that the bicycle is so efficient: we weigh approximately six times more than a bicycle, while a car weighs about 20 times more than us . In 2010, 29.4% of CO2 emissions in Spain belonged to the transport sector, giving rise to 101.3 tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. A CO2 emissions calculator is on the given link so you can calculate your approximate annual CO2 emissions. Riding a bike helps reduce CO2 emissions, reducing pollution and also reducing our excessive dependence on oil. It is healthy, fun, makes us lose weight, and lengthen our lifespan. Need more reasons to take the bike?