It's National Bike to Work Week!

Written by Kristin Anchante, Project Manager

It’s no coincidence that National Bike to Work Week (May 17-23) falls during Mental Health Awareness month. The mental and physical health benefits are vast, yet often underrated. According to The League of American Bicyclists, “40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get around” (1). Whether it be a trip to work, the grocery store, or just around the block, you’re bound to have some fun and get a little exercise in too!


Benefits of Cycling (2,3):

  • Improve mental well-being and memory

  • Promote weight loss

  • Reduce heart disease and cancer risk

  • Low impact exercise for your bones and joints

  • Sleep better

  • And many more!

Fun Things to Try this Weekend:

  • Take a smooth ride on your local rail trail

  • Mountain bike with a few friends

  • Enter a street race

  • Take your kids on a family biking tour of your neighborhood

  • Don’t have a bike? Try out a spin class at your local gym instead

To learn about cycling safety, maintenance, selecting the right gear, and more, check out this comprehensive resource from leading outdoor sports authority Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI).


So, when was the last time you hopped on a bike?


Sources:

1 https://bikeleague.org/content/bike-month-dates-events-0

2 https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/benefits-of-cycling-334144

3 https://billbonebikelaw.com/news-from-the-road/top-mental-health-benefits-cycling/

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