When things become a part of our daily routine, we don’t have to put much thought into doing them. For example, we don’t think twice about brushing our teeth, eating lunch, or taking a shower. Forming these habits comes from doing them regularly, which is great if you want to incorporate cycling more into your life. The more you incorporate cycling into your daily routine, the less you will have to think about doing it, and soon it will become second nature. Here are some tips on how to do exactly that.
Use cycling as transport
If you use a car to get from A to B, there are plenty of reasons to ditch it. For example, cars can be incredibly damaging to the environment and gas can be expensive. Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint or just become fitter, cycling places is the way to go. Of course, this may be difficult if you need to go long distances, especially to work but it is worth it to think about cycling around more often. Try it and you’ll see amazing results. You will be fitter, healthier, and happier as exercising reduces anxiety and stress.
Keep it local
In order to bike, you need to be able to travel shorter distances than you would with a car. So, if it’s shopping, grabbing a coffee, or going to the gym, try to keep all of your destinations local. In order to keep cycling your main form of transportation, shopping locally is a great idea and it can boost the local economy. So it becomes a win-win when you decide to show up at a smaller local grocery store rather than traveling far because you can uplift your community too.
Make it social
Sometimes it is nice to be in the car since it’s more fun to listen to the radio or chat with passengers when traveling. But cycling doesn’t have to be a lonely affair. One way to make it more social is to listen to music or podcasts using your cellphone. That way, you can still get the benefits of a car without having to hop off of your bike. Another way is to start cycling with friends. This is only really possible if you have friends that live near you, but a good way to make friends is to join a cycling group in your area. You can use cycling as a common ground to meet new people as well.
Use your bike to explore
If you’re just using your bike to commute to and from work or to run errands, one way to incorporate cycling more into your life is to make it a leisure activity as well. Cycling with a goal in mind can sometimes be boring, and it could be better to just use your bike to explore. There are plenty of places with beautiful scenery that can make for a great biking experience. If you live in a big city, there are also services available to map out a route for you to cycle around and see some of the best attractions your area has to offer. A more unorthodox way of doing this is to get a stationary bike and download an application that simulates the cycling experience.
At the end of the day when it comes to cycling, there are more pros than cons. Sure it will take a while to get over the thigh chafing and sweating, but if you incorporate cycling more into your everyday life, you’ll see amazing results both mentally and physically while becoming fitter, stronger, and healthier.