We all suffer from it, the lure of sunshine coaxing us outside. Unfortunately, this generally isn’t an option on weekdays, but there is a solution…bike or walk to work!
This may not be the kind of “fun in the sun” you had in mind, but it can certainly make your morning and evening commute much more relaxing and fun.
Many Montanans are already on board with the practice. The 2016 Benchmark Study by the Alliance for Biking and Walking shows Montana ranked #2 in the nation for the percentage of people who bike to work and #4 in the nation for percentage of people who walk to work.
If you need more convincing, consider these benefits:
Improved Mood: Walking and biking release adrenaline and endorphins, which boosts your mood.
Reduced Tiredness: Physical activity can increase energy levels, giving you a kick-start to your workday, AND your evening.
Better Sleep: Increased activity decreases stress levels, which helps you get a good night’s sleep. In turn, better sleep means increased energy levels during the day; it’s win-win.
Improved Health: There is no denying the health benefits of walking and biking, but recent studies by the University of Glasgow in Scotland found cyclists had a 46% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, 45% lower risk of cancer and a 41% lower risk of premature death from any cause.1
Lowered Healthcare Costs: One thing leads to another; better health means lower healthcare costs.
Money Saved: According to the American Automobile Association’s 2015, “Your Driving Costs” Study, the average cost of maintaining and driving a car is $8,698 per year…that’s a lot of dough!
Workplace Incentives: Check with your employer about workplace wellness plans- some offer incentives for employees biking to work. (If not, you may want to lead the charge!)
Environmental Benefits: National Geographic reports, “If every American living within 5 miles of their work, commuted by bike one day per week, it would be like taking a million cars off the road entirely.”
Thinking Time: For most people, quiet time is a luxury. Let your mind wander, you may be surprised at some of the creative ideas you come up with.
Have fun! More than anything, walking and biking are fun ways to get out and enjoy this beautiful area!