Getting around by bike is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine. You can get from a to b while improving your health, saving money and having fun!
"The thing I love about riding a bike is that it doesn’t feel like exercise... because it’s so much fun! I can get somewhere in a third of the time compared to walking and arrive feeling refreshed and exhilarated. I used to run but it felt like a real chore and I got lots of aches and pains. Riding a bike is much kinder to my body and now I bike with my toddler to the park so I get exercise while he enjoys the ride!" - Rebecca Jamieson
Low impact - it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise
A good muscle workout - cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal. Cycling has been shown to get you fitter than walking, as it lifts your heart rate to a more beneficial level
Easy - unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget
Good for strength and stamina - cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness
As intense as you want - cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout
A fun way to get fit - the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places
Time-efficient - as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles, trains or buses with healthy exercise.
Cheap - A 4km bike trip will save you $2.63* in car costs or $821.06 annually based on 3 trips back and forth weekly. To work out how much you can save, plot your route at: www.journeyplanner.org.nz
*Based on NZTA's standard motor running costs of 70c/km, and cycling cost of 5c/km.