Driving can be a great way of getting from A-to-B, but we think that cycling, running or walking to work could be a more intriguing and beneficial way to do your daily commute.
Here’s Why –
The world is facing an obesity crisis – especially in the west. And the United States is one of the worst offenders. According to figures released in 2007, 74.1% of all Americans are either overweight or obese, which is staggering to say the least.
The UK isn’t too far behind, either. With 46% of men and 32% of women being classed as overweight, it shows that this problem lies a lot deeper than just fast food.
Driving is fantastic, it liberates, evokes adrenaline and excitement, and is above all, fun. But, if you’re the type of person who drives to the mall when you could quite easily walk or cycle, then that’s when potential health risks come into play.
Research has shown that doing just 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week will give you so many beneficial visual and emotional improvements that it’s odd to think why all of us aren’t doing it. Your risk of catching diseases such as heart disease and diabetes go down by up to 50% and you cut your chance of premature death by 20-30% – surely, that is something we all want?
Driving can be one hell of a stressful endeavour. If there isn’t somebody speeding past you, there’s someone tailing you; it’s hard work just to keep calm. Why not take this road rage out of the equation by taking up cycling?
Cycling is great cardiovascular exercise, and when you consider you can get up to speeds of around 25 mph, it makes you realize that you can go just as far as you can in a car – without the stress.
Exercising is not only rewarding for your body shape, but it affects your whole life. Research has shown that if you exercise regularly you will sleep better, have more energy, a reduction in stress, stronger muscles and bones – there are no bad points!
Being active is more a mind state at first. For many people, it seems impossible to get up and do some exercise – it seems easier to drive, after all. But, with childhood obesity at an all-time high in the US and UK, shouldn’t we be providing a good image to our children?
In states such as Texas, Mississippi and Alabama where the obesity levels are some of the highest in the country, it’s even more important to set a great example to the youth of today. Just 30 minutes every day can cut your chances of awful and potentially fatal diseases, and more importantly, it means you can spend more years with your offspring.
A lot of people blame their lack of exercise on fast food. McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are an appealing option for any driver; there’s the drive-thru that is so easy it makes the concept of eating food seem exciting and rewarding – but it’s not.
Fast food is an option, just like cycling is an option. Just imagine cycling past a McDonald’s and smiling arrogantly to yourself because you were doing something healthy. That feeling of self-satisfaction is one of the greatest feelings to have – it’s a real confidence booster.
There are 354 listed McDonald’s in New York alone, so to be able to beat the Big Mac means you can beat pretty much anything. Get out there, get active and leave the car!
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