The health benefits of cycling

Regular physical activity is extremely important for our health. In particular, it can protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems cyclephotoassociated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment.

Cycling is:

  • Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
  • A good muscle workout – cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
  • Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
  • Good for strength and stamina – cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
  • As intense as you want – cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
  • A fun way to get fit – the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
  • Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.

And cycling regularly has several health benefits such as:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Riding to work is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health.

As well as the many health benefits of cycling, there are also several economical, environmental, social and mental well-being benefits of regularly riding your bike.

Information retrieved from: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/cycling-health-benefits


National Ride2Work Day – 12th October

This coming Wednesday (12th October 2016) is National Ride2Work Day – an initiative designed to encourage Australians to cycle to work. Ride2Work day is celebrated by over 40,000 enthusiasts – well experienced riders and rookies alike – all across Australia.

There are many benefits associated with riding to work, and on Wednesday morning Bicycle Queensland will be hosting a free breakfast to bring the Brisbane cycling community together to celebrate this great lifestyle.

Join us at the Queensland Law Courts, 415 George St, Brisbane from 7:00am to 8:30am for a delicious breakfast hosted by Bicycle Queensland and Bicycle Network, with thanks to Australian Bananas and The Coffee Club.

Register today at https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/programs/3025/

 

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Australian Census 2016 – Cycling

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Australian Census 2016 is fast approaching as we reach tomorrow night (9th August) be sure to say if you cycle to work. The data collected is one of the most important data sources used by governments in making future transport investment options.

In 2011, 1% of Australians indicated they travelled to work by bicycle on Census day. Government of all levels have used this figure to justify decisions around whether or not to fund bicycle infrastructure. If we are to have an impact on the future this is our small chance to do so.

Here at Cycle2City we support and encourage cycling to work and if you do too make sure you have your say!

 

If you are thinking about cycling to work Cycle2City provides a number of great options, taking the hassle out of commuting and makes your journey one of ease.  Head to https://cycle2city.com.au/become-a-member/ where you can sign up or request a 3 day trial of the facilities we have.


Top 5 Commuter Cycling Tips

Has this recent beautiful weather made you keen to get on your bike as much as possible?  Would you rather be on your bike under the blue sky than stuck on a bus?  Here are a few handy tips to make your cycle to work as convenient and easy as possible!

1. Plan your route: Brisbane has some of the best-dedicated bike ways making avoiding the traffic and getting to work on time easy. For more information check out: http://cyclingbrisbane.com.au/plan-your-ride/

2. Smile: Enjoy the cycle; it is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, remembering to smile to those that you pass. And when you ride home it provides a chance to relax and unwind after a busy day.

3. Take your time: Your cycle commute isn’t the time to set any Strava course records (on purpose). The roads are busy during peak hours with different types of road users and it is important to respect everyone on the road. As the weather gets better the bike lanes get busier. It’s not worth the few seconds of extra time to the next stop light to fly past someone, take your time and enjoy your bike!

4. Fuel up: Have a good breakfast before you set off and bring some snacks for your desk. A well-fed cyclist is a happy cyclist.

5. Dress for the commute: Tempting as it is to get up and get dressed in one outfit for the day, it’s usually best to pack your work clothes and wear something comfortable for the commute. Even better is taking advantage of cycle2city facilities and leaving your work clothes in your own locker and focusing on cycling in. That way you can come in whatever comfortable riding gear you fancy and make that ride to work all more enjoyable.

 

As inspired by: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/bike-blog/2016/mar/10/cycling-how-to-conquer-the-commute


Brisbane Councillor Schrinner visits Cycle2City

Great to catch up and show Cr Adrian Schrinner Cycle2City facilities and discuss future opportunities. We thank Cr Schrnner for taking time to vist and discuss bringing bigger and better options to our members. Cycle2City prides itself on innovation, we were one of the firsts to introduce such a facility to Brisbane. We provide an alternative to public transport with high quality, safe and secure bike parking, showers, lockers and support services at great value for money so that cycle commuting becomes the absolute pleasure it should be.

Our facilities are superior to most End of Trip Facilities found amongst newer buildings. Did you know you get your own locker, hot shower and a fresh daily towel to use all for the low cost of $4.88 per day (12mnth membership). We also offer great discounted rates to businesses either small or large in Brisbane. Be part of the Cycle2City movement by joining today or contact us directly reception@cycle2city.com.au

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