Two articles this week deviate from the "high cost of gas" story lead, emphasizing the fitness and health benefits of bike commuting. From Philly.com (Philadephia Daily News), 05.21.07:
Sneak in Some Extra Exercise and Save the Planet by Biking to WorkThe article goes on to outline additional great and persuasive reasons to bike commute.
The physiological benefits of cycling are many. The cardiovascular exercise provided by bicycling can increase your metabolism, burn calories, strengthen your heart, reduce fat, lower your health care costs, improve your quality of life, and decrease your level of stress. (Plus, who doesn't want those sculpted leg muscles that professional cyclists have?)
"Fitness is a great reason to ride, and commuting to work is a great way to start," says Elizabeth Preston of the League of American Bicyclists. "After all, you have to get to work and get home!" (Read more.)
From a personal trainer writing for the Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), 05.21.07:
Cycling is fun and good for youThe author goes on to offer advice about buying a bike, riding safe, and burning fat from thighs.
Question: I used to cycle outdoors for fun and recreation. Is it good exercise and what are some ways I can train for cycling?
Answer: Bicycling is one the best ways to of exercise and get around. With May being Bike Month, there is no better time to get your bike out and hit the road. In fact, last week was National Bike to Work Week. (Read more.)
Image: Web capture. Bike lanes--and traffic-calming bulb-outs!--in Philadelphia
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips