Can you believe it’s already that time of year?
The year of 2021 is drawing to a close and like many people, you may be reflecting on the year that was and thinking of ways to be a better version of yourself in 2022.
In fact, data released at the beginning of 2021 reveals that 83% of respondents had set a new year’s resolution for the year to come – that’s the equivalent of 16.1 million people.
So what are the most popular resolutions?
- 51% of respondents are setting intentions to drop those extra kilos gained during lockdowns and restrictions through exercise and fitness
- 42% of Australians are wanting to get their finances in order through saving or a reduction in spending
- 38% of respondents are making promises to eat better in the new year.
Chances are, your new year’s resolutions for 2022 look quite similar to the above so in today’s blog, we will be going over the different ways cycling to work can help you achieve your goals for the new year.
Buckle up and strap in!
Lose Those Lockdown Kilos.
If you’re inclined to use the gym to keep active and healthy… chances are you’re probably going before and after work. You’re rushing out the door with your gym outfit and towel, hoping the traffic won’t be too bad and the gym won’t be too busy.
Adrian Holdsworth from Fitness First told Mamma Mia that the busiest times at inner city gyms are usually 6.30am-8am (the before work rush) and 5.30pm-7pm (the after work rush).
Sounds about right doesn’t it?
Imagine if there were a way to get your daily workout done without having to squeeze in a gym session in a crowded, sweaty gym.
Cycling gives you the freedom to get home at your own pace and utilise your time to the highest possible efficiency. If you’re worried you won’t see the same results, the data doesn’t quite support your position. An hour of cycling for the average person will burn between 450 to 750 calories.
And the gym?
An average person will burn around 180-266 calories in an hour session of weight training and around 440 calories in an hour of rowing. And that’s not even considering the price of keeping a gym membership.
An average weekly gym membership can cost anywhere from $21 to $65 a week + joining fees costing up to $100. Cycling? Other than the initial costs, it’s far cheaper than the gym
It’s clear that in a lot of ways, getting on the bike and riding to work burns more fat and burns less cash than going to the gym.
Save Some Cash By Riding To Work!
We mentioned this in the above section but going to the gym can get expensive.
The biggest gym chain in Australia, Anytime Fitness has over 500 chains Australia wide. So how does it stack up price wise, compared to other gyms?
|Gym||Joining Fee||Cost||Per Year|
|Anytime Fitness||$99||$16.98 p/w||$982.96|
|Fernwood Fitness||$199||$21 p/w||$1291|
|F45||Free||From $60 p/w||$3120|
|FitStop||Free||From $49 p/w||$2548|
Yep, going to the gym can get quite expensive. If you’re not hitting the weights several times a week, it can be hard to justify the price too.
So how does cycling every day compare? We visited 99bikes.com.au and their road bikes start at $599.
It’s a bigger initial commitment, but over time it is absolutely worth it.
Thinking About Starting To Ride To Work?
At cycle2city, our fully-staffed facilities have everything you need to freshen up after your ride to work.
Regardless of if you are working during the day or starting in the evening, you’ll have access to our facilities 24/7. Securely store your bike, have a shower and even put your bike in for a service at the onsite workshop.