Next time you are at a train or bus station check out how many people have folding bikes with them.
I did this a while ago and it prompted me to do one thing, to improve my fitness and reduce my carbon footprint.
I checked out possible cycle routes I could use to commute to work, found a great one which took me down a National Cycle Network route right into the centre of town and set myself a challenge to cycle to work twice a week.
Mental Health and fitness
I knew this would be a quick fix in terms of fitness and stamina levels but what I didn’t anticipate was the positive effect it would have on my mental wellbeing.
When you are on a bike, walkers and other cyclists say “Hi” to you. Some strike up conversations “Rather you than me!” when they’re coming down that hill that you’re powering up.
When you are on a bike you are breathing in deep breaths of fresh, clean air.
The results were, I found I was much less stressed when I arrived at work than on the days I drove, and felt energised and positive about the day ahead.