When it comes to fitness the same complaint comes up again and again - I don't have enough time! Just as many people complain about their daily commute and the perfect solution to both these problems is cycling. Not only will you make better use of your time by using your bike but it's likely that you'll shorten it too.
It's some great motivation and if you don't mind a bit of late-night exercise putting a stationary bike in front of the TV and riding alongside the peloton is a sure-fire way to make the most of your competitive side.
Don't be scared for your safety - researchers from the University of Utrecht have found that the beneficial effects of increased physical activity from cycling are substantially larger than the potential dangers of traffic accidents or breathing in polluted air.
Do you feel ready to hop on your bike? There are plenty of reasons to take up cycling even if riding on your commute isn't an option.
We've listed our top 5 below.
It's the best way to commute
Cycling to work has so many benefits - not only do you save money on a car or public transport, but you're doing your bit for the environment too. It will make exercise a part of your daily routine and you won't feel like you're wasting time commuting. Riding is now getting easier than ever with most cities introducing new cycleways which makes it safer than sharing the road with cars.
You can keep fit on the cheap
It should be little surprise that a daily ride is one of the best things you can do for your health. Once you've got a bike and gear riding will cost you little more than the maintenance costs making it cheaper than a gym or exercise classes in the long term. Buying a second-hand bike is a great way to keep costs low - just make sure to get yourself a new helmet.
It's perfect if you're nursing an injury
If you're recovering from an injury, cycling is a great way to improve your strength and fitness because it's very easy on your joints unlike something like running. This also makes it good for people of all ages and fitness levels - start out on a stationary bike to build fitness and confidence then you can hit the road and enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about wrecking your knees.
It's a great hobby
Along with all the health benefits, cycling can be a lot of fun. It's the perfect way to see the city or the countryside and you can have a lot of adventures on the road from your bike seat. It can also lead to mountain biking and cross-country racing great active ways to spend your time if you're looking for more thrills.
Cycling can be social - join a cycling club!
Getting on your bike doesn't have to be something you do alone. While it can be a great escape and a way to spend some time to yourself it can also be very social and you can get useful advice from your fellow riders. There are more and more cycling clubs starting up and you'll be able to find one that suits your interests whether it's an early morning ride through the city or a weekend tour in the country.
Written by Jack Rothery