What would happen to your body if you swapped your car for a bike?

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The UK is a nation of hardcore commuters. The average worker in the UK today will spend over a year of their life commuting to and from work — and it’s taking its toll on us mentally and physically.

At Merlin Cycles, we want to challenge the commuting status quo and propose a better alternative. So we asked the question: what would happen to your body if you swapped your car for a bike for 12 months?

The answers might surprise you.

The problem with today’s commute

Today’s average commute is 56 minutes a day — an awfully long time to be sitting still listening to that radio host you can’t really stand.

Cycling can help alleviate the three key side effects of commuting: 

  • Stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Expenses

Here’s how.

1. Stress

Your commute now

In a study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), over half of respondents said that commuting increased their stress levels. 

That means that the majority of UK workers are already stressed by the time they get to work. That’s bad news when stress has such a detrimental impact on productivity.

On the bike

As with any form of cardiovascular exercise, cycling directly counters the effects of stress.

That pedal power gets you pumping more oxygen into your bloodstream. When all that extra oxygen reaches your brain, it encourages the release of endorphins — the ‘happiness’ hormone. 20 minutes of cycling could make you happier for up to 12 hours!

2. Lack of physical activity

Your commute now

In the RSPH study, more than 40% of respondents said that their commute to work decreases the time they spend being physically active. 

With the average commute to work in the UK taking 56 minutes, it’s no wonder that physical activity is taking a sideline.

On the bike

If the average commuter spent the same amount of time cycling as they currently do commuting, they would burn 560 calories a day.

Cycling regularly improves your lung capacity, meaning you get more oxygen to your muscles to alleviate aches and pains you get from sitting at your desk all day.

3. Expenses

Total Jobs found that the average person spends £146 a month commuting to and from work. That’s over £1,750 a year. 

On the bike

One thing that puts people off cycling to work is the fact that they don’t want to make that first purchase: the bike itself. You should be able to find a decent bike for commuting for around £400. That might sound a lot, but if you spend the same as the average commuter, you’ll make that up in a couple of months.

Better on two wheels

Cycling means you get regular exercise without taking time away from your home life. It cuts down your stress and leaves you feeling happier. And finally, it means you can easily top up your rainy-day fund with all the savings you’re making on monthly travel expenses.

What’s stopping you?

Read how to train like a cyclist here.

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