No Time For The Gym? 7 “Everyday Cycling” Activities That Won’t Even Feel Like A Workout

Between competing pressures of work, family, friends and other commitments, finding time to work out can be a struggle. You know the benefits of regular exercise, but scheduling an hour into your already packed day to go to the gym feels insurmountable.

Everyday cycling makes incorporating exercise into your day a breeze. You’re not losing a huge chunk of time in one go; rather, you’re breaking it down into manageable bite-sized sessions while completing everyday tasks.

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.

Coast’s monthly membership is just $15 and comes with 60 minutes of ride time every day. Get yours here.