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10 Reasons Why Cycling To Work Will Change Your Life

15 May 2020

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Liv ambassador Alice Thomas started riding to work and it completely changed her life - see her top ten reasons why cycling to work might change yours too!

Cycling to work literally transformed my life and opened up my world to a whole new passion. It all began by commuting to work and I now cycle up to 100km during weekends and often ride over 30km with friends before work. It's opened up the door to new opportunities, new friends, new experiences and lots of new places. I've listed my top reasons why you should be cycling to work and how it can enhance your life. 

  1. You'll save money - Okay, you might need to buy a bike but work it back to a 'cost-per-ride' and after a few journeys you'll ride back your money. Liv Cycling UK and Giant UK also offer a 0% interest-free finance option which can help you pay for your bike on a month-by-month basis, making it affordable to pay for in instalments. Fact - commuting on your bike will be a cheaper way to travel to work in the long term.

  2. Improve your fitness - Get fit without even having to allocate an evening or morning to 'working out'. Cycling is a low impact sport on your joints and you'll be working your cardiovascular fitness by raising your heart rate. You'll also be working your glutes and quads, which is ideal if you work at a desk and are sedentary for most of the day.

  3. Start the day with more energy - Swap cramped and smelly tube/train journeys, or traffic jam drives for jumping on your a bike and getting some fresh air before your day. Cycling will also help to releases endorphins, meaning you'll start the day feeling exhilarated, pumped and ready to start the day.

  4. You'll always be on time - Cycling to work means you know exactly when you will get to your destination. No traffic jams, tube or train delays. It really is the perfect way to get to work; you have no excuse to be late now though!

  5. Connect with the outdoors - For those that work at a desk all day and barely get time outside to see the sky/sun/clouds, cycling will get you outdoors. Cycling or running means you need to be organised and prepare the night before, so always check the weather for the next day and whether you may need an extra layer.

  6. Join a community - Commuting by bike really isn't as scary as some people feel it is, especially during the commuter hour. In the busier parts of central London you’ll find cycle lanes, filled with many other cyclists making the same route as you, so you tend to cycle in packs. Therefore you are more visible to vehicles and vehicles are more aware of cyclists during this time. The Strava app is brilliant for riding, it splits your route into segments and you can compete with yourself and others on each segment.

  7. Discover new parts of the country - I love discovering new roads, bars and restaurants in London, so I love mixing up my route to work to make it more interesting. On my ride, I tend to try and find new quieter roads into work when possible. Everything in London is actually a lot closer than you probably realise. When running I like to take in the scenery a bit more so I often pass new coffee shops, bars and restaurants and I take note to go and visit.

  8. Do your bit for the environment - Did you know that TEN bikes can be parked in ONE car parking space!? The eco-footprint from manufacturing of bikes is much smaller than cars. Bikes also don't produce pollution whilst in transit, nor do they leave oil and fuel drips onto the road. 

  9. Earn your breakfast - Nothing tastes better than food after exercise, fact.

  10. Become a happier person - Ask anyone who cycles to work and they will agree that it's the best way to start the day. You'll be an all-round happier person – guaranteed!

You can follow Alice on InstagramTwitter or Facebook or at her blog Alice Clare Fitness.

How has cycling to work impacted your life? Let us know! We're on Instagram @LivCyclingUK, Facebook or Twitter @LivCyclingUK.

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