You don’t have to be clocking serious mileage every day for a ride to count. Short trips are often easier to introduce into your everyday routine and you’ll still reap all the rewards of a daily workout. Did you know a new study out of the University of Copenhagen found that cycling to work is just as effective for losing weight as exercising at a gym five days a week?
Transportation cycling makes riding bikes every day a breeze. Instead of carving out time in your day for a full-blown workout – like scheduling a gym visit or exercise class – you simply travel to places you’re already going, but by bike.
- Cycle your commute – 19 minutes
Whether you bike from home to work, or park the car and use Coast as a last mile connector, you’re already making the journey to work so why not use the time to get moving? A nationwide analysis of towns and cities where people bike to work showed that cycling commuters are richer, fitter and happier. It’s proven to reduce anxiety and stress, too. The average bicycle commute is time is just 19.3 minutes.
- Cycle for coffee – 10 minutes
Ready for a mid-morning coffee? Instead of reaching for a mug in the office, cycle for your caffeine fix and support a local business while you’re at it. In a study released in 2014, scientists found that exposure to sunlight mid-work day is a profound way to improve employees’ productivity and health.
- Cycle to meetings – 10 minutes
Arrive to meetings clear-minded, energized and raring to go.
- Cycle for lunch – 10 minutes
Try a new local restaurant or bike to a local park to enjoy something homemade. You’ll get that all-important mid-day sunshine, and return to work feeling refreshed.
- Cycle for groceries – 15 minutes
Once a week bulk shopping for groceries is common. Stock up on Sunday, restock the next Sunday, and hope everything keeps in the meantime. For access to fresher food – and to save money – try the European method of shopping for groceries. Rather than keeping perishable food stockpiled in your fridge, swing by your local market or neighborhood store every day, bundle something fresh and delicious into your bike basket, and you’ll be on the road again in no time. Bonus: It’ll free up precious time during your weekend.
- Cycle for errands – 15 minutes
Have to mail a package, drop something off at the dry cleaners, or pick up a prescription from the pharmacy? Don’t waste time finding a parking space. Bike and cruise right up to the door.
- Cycle to socialize – 10 minutes
With so much happening in our city, it’s rare that an outing is confined to one place. Coffee, beer, food, movies, meetings, markets – whatever you’re doing, bike share stations are conveniently located all over town. Eat, drink, socialize, and get your exercise in at the same time. It’s so easy it almost feels like cheating.
- Instead of going for a long ride, replace one daily activity you would normally drive or walk to, and put your bike share membership to good use.
Throughout January, we’re offering daily tips, tricks and motivation to help you ride your bike every day. Follow the #DailyRideChallenge on Twitter and Facebook. No bike? No problem. Sign up for your $15 monthly bike share membership, which comes with 60 minutes of ride time every day.