Cycle To Work Day - August 6th
This year Cycle to Work Day will be celebrated with a different action because of the pandemic. Many of us who work at home might not be going to work in the early morning and cycling from beds to laptops might not make sense. Therefore this year with a twist in the slogan “Cycle to Work” you are asked to ride anywhere, for any reason and with anyone.
How Can You Join the Big Day?
If you visit the site www.cycletowork.org you can see the answer as below:
- Download the Love to Ride app from the App Store or Google Play Create your profile on the Cyclescheme Community
- If you use Strava or Under Armour Connected Fitness, sync your tracker app to your Love to Ride account. Or, track with Love to Ride itself.
- Log your Cycle to Work Day ride for the chance to win prizes
Why Should You Prefer Cycling?
Because you will do the best thing for your body, when you cycle. Harvard Medical School* advises the top 5 benefits of cycling as below:
- It's easy on the joints. When you sit on a bike, you put your weight on a pair of bones in the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities, unlike walking, when you put your weight on your legs. "That makes it good for anyone with joint pain or age-related stiffness," says Dr. Safran-Norton.
- Pushing pedals provides an aerobic workout. That's great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels. Aerobic exercise also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's feel-good chemicals—which may make you feel young at heart.
- Cycling builds muscle. In the power phase of pedaling (the downstroke), you use the gluteus muscles in the buttocks, the quadriceps in the thighs, and the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calves. In the recovery phase (backstroke, up-stroke, and overstroke), you use the hamstrings in the back of the thighs and the flexor muscles in the front of the hips.
Cycling works other muscles, too. You use abdominal muscles to balance and stay upright, and you use your arm and shoulder muscles to hold the handlebars and steer.
- It helps with everyday activities. "The benefits carry over to balance, walking, standing, endurance, and stair climbing," says Dr. Safran-Norton.
- Pedaling builds bone. "Resistance activities, such as pushing pedals, pull on the muscles, and then the muscles pull on the bone, which increases bone density," says Dr. Safran-Norton.
And by cycling you will be decreasing your carbon print, and eventually our atmosphere will be bluer, earth will be greener. To support a sustainable lifestyle, ring your bells!