Secret to a Longer Life: Bike to Work! (Really)

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Backroads bikers arriving to workWhat if you could increase your chances of living a long and healthy life just by changing the way you get to work? A new study has revealed that if you trade in your commute in the car or bus for one on your bicycle, you could add years to your life! And unlike squeezing in a visit to the gym, commuting is something you have to do, so why not make the most of it?

The study, published earlier this year by the University of Glasgow, found that an active commute can be linked to longer life. In particular, cycling to work can decrease your chance of getting cancer and heart disease by 45 percent! While walking to work was linked with lower cardiovascular disease risk, it was cycling that packed in longer miles and a greater challenge for the heart, producing more dramatic results for longevity.

The rewards of an active commute are plentiful. In addition to contributing to improving public health, you will also be contributing to decongesting traffic and reducing air pollution. Without commuter mileage on your car, you will save money on gas and repairs for your vehicle. Some people even reported getting to work faster when they rode their bikes. Not to mention the improved focus and productivity that results from a healthy mind and body. Oh and one last plug for commuting by bike: it’s fun!

Commuter bikes at the Backroads headqurtersWith the way workplace culture has changed today, many companies are incentivizing active commuting. Here at Backroads, we employ a “Pedaling for Peanuts” reward system in which employees log their mileage and get paid out at the end of the year, with a raffle to win bigger prizes. I’ve also heard of yoga studios offering free mat rentals with display of your helmet. In the Bay Area, public transit has decreased their regulations about bikes in crowded trains in an effort to encourage commuters to opt out of driving.

Unsure of how to get started? It’s easier than you think. Check out Google Maps and use the “bike directions” feature to see the recommended biking route to your work – you may be surprised with how many great designated bike lanes and trails will turn your monotonous car commute into a beautiful ride! And come join us on a quick weekend Backroads trip to refresh your biking skills and get comfortable before you begin your new and healthier life as a bicycle commuter!

So let’s follow the ways of the Europeans and make bicycle commuting the new norm. Not only for the exercise and cardio benefits, but for mental health, environmental health and fun in the fresh air. This also seems like a great way to train for your next Backroads trip! Be inspired by National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day, and start now!

Backroads bikers on the way to work

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Andy Jacobs

Andy Jacobs

Trip Operations Support, Global Specialist at Backroads
Andy Jacobs is a Bay Area native, though she spent a decade living, studying and working her way around the world before recently landing “home” again. After two study abroad stints and graduating college, she bought a one-way ticket to Thailand to try out a longer stay. Andy taught English to kindergartners there for three semesters and also began a yoga practice. After becoming certified to teach yoga, she went where the yoga world invited her: Australia, Europe, Asia, as well as Cape Cod, Florida, Seattle and Los Angeles. When she was ready to turn in her suitcase and relish the enjoyment of being surrounded by family and the beauty of Northern California, she made her way back to the Bay Area. Andy now she works in Trip Operations Support at Backroads, while reserving the weekends to hike, camp, rock climb, teach yoga and spend time with family.
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