Did you know that if you avoided driving just 10 miles every week you would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in a year? Now that the weather is nice you should consider biking to work, as it’s a great way to both reduce pollution in the environment and strengthen your personal health.
May is National Bike Month, a 31-day celebration of bicycle awareness created by the League of American Bicyclists . The month consists of Bike-to-Work week (May 16-20) and Bike-to-Work day on May 18.
Throughout the month individuals, families, friends, coworkers and more can attend and sponsor events that promote the excitement and benefits of bicycling.
What are the health benefits of bicycling?
Improves blood flow in the heart
Increases muscle strength
Helps with weight loss
Builds stronger bones
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces risk of diabetes and cancer
Decreases chronic pain associated with arthritis
The most important health benefit of the activity is that it increases overall life expectancy, so the more you bike, the longer you’ll live!
Are you doing anything for National Bike Month? If you’re not, here are 10 ways you can celebrate the month-long event: