The health benefits of cycling to work

Get fit and be more productive

It is recommended that we take part in 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week. With our busy modern lifestyles, this can be hard to achieve but by cycling to work you can easily build exercise into your routine. The health benefits are worth all the pedalling as cycling can help you maintain a healthy weight and increase productivity. Gain all round fitness, strength and endurance before even starting your working day.

According to Halfords, 86% of participants have noticed health benefits since joining the scheme – 89% of those believe it has improved their general fitness and 52% of those believe it has contributed to weight loss.

Burn calories by cycling

Biking to lose weight is becoming a very popular and enjoyable alternative to visiting the gym. It’s cheap and a great way to get out in the fresh air and reach your weight loss goals.

Did you know moderate pedal pushing can burn up to 500 calories per hour, which is more than walking or swimming?

30 minute cycling can burn:

  • Recreational, 5mph: 75-155 kcal
  • Moderate, 10 mph: 190-415 kcal
  • Vigorous, 15 mph: 300-670 kcal

Save time and money

Cycling to work can save you time and money. There’s no need to spend all your hard earnings on petrol and public transport when you can hop on your bike instead. Reduce your gym time by exercising on the way to work and cycling can help you beat those pesky traffic jams.

Help the environment

Protect the environment by leaving your car at home and cycling to work instead. Travelling by bike is carbon neutral and will help lower pollution both locally and globally. 133,442 tonnes of CO2 is saved each year by people cycling to work.

Feel happier

Spending more time outside will cheer you up and help to reduce stress. There’s nothing better than cycling in the fresh air on a beautiful sunny day soaking in some feel good vitamin D. It’s also a great way to view local scenery and take in the world around you. After an invigorating ride to work you’ll feel fresher, more alert and raring to go.

These are just some of the reasons why Workplace Bikes is a popular employee benefit. If your employer does not have a cycle to work scheme, such as Workplace Bikes, you can invite them to set up a scheme here. If your employer has a Workplace Bikes scheme and you would like to join, you can do so here using your employer’s unique access code.