If you live anywhere along the eastern seaboard, biking to work may not be up your alley this week—with high humidity and scorching heat projected through most of the week. But if you’re willing to sweat a little (or a lot), the benefits of biking to work are pretty significant.
According to the below infographic from Fitness for Weight Loss, a health and wellness website, people who bike to work have better blood pressure, insulin and triglyceride levels as well as greater sense of wellbeing and higher tolerance for stress. And it can be a great way to lose weight, with the potential to burn 200 – 300 calories on your 30 minute commute. What’s more, the average person loses about 13 lbs. in their first year of biking to work.
Government employees are no stranger to pedaling instead of driving. In an effort to cut green house gas emissions and increase employee wellness, each May kicks off the Federal Bike to Work Challenge.
Though it may be hot as heck this summer, biking to work might be just the thing you need to mix up your morning grind. Just be sure to grab a water bottle before you head out the door.
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