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5 Benefits of Walking, Wheeling and Cycling

Physical Fitness

The physical health benefits alone are a great reason to hop on your bike and travel to work. Not to mention combining daily exercise with commuting to eliminate one “to do” off your list. Cycling improves cardiovascular health by raising your heart rate for a set duration. It also improves muscle tone by working your legs, back, arms and core as you move over changing terrain. Walking loosens up tight muscles, improves cardiovascular health and allows you time to wind down at the end of the day.

Mental Health

Walking releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that boost your mood and make you feel happier.

It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Commuting by walking or biking will mean that by the time you arrive at work, you will be more focused, engaged and looking forward to your day . It can also be a great way to de-stress after a long day in the office.

Financial Wellness

With the price of fuel increasing due to the cost of living crisis, active travel is a great way to save money. Walking or biking can save you money on transportation costs such as bus and train fares, as well as fuel and parking costs.

Carbon Footprint

There’s no question that commuting by bike or foot reduces your carbon footprint. Even if you only change your commute habits once or twice a week, you’re doing your part to help the environment.

Quality of Life

Being out in nature great for your wellbeing and being out in the fresh air can be energizing and fun. Taking that stroll to work, whether walking quickly or at a leisurely pace, allows you to soak up the sights or give you some valuable thinking time.

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