Saving money and staying in shape rarely go hand-in-hand. Health clubs often charge exorbitant rates, and eating healthy has never been more expensive. Fortunately, there’s a cheap and fun way to get exercise; cycling. Even if you haven’t been on a bike in ages, it’s as easy as, well, riding a bike.
Bikes aren’t just for kids, either. A 2004 study by the CMI found that the most reliable way to get to work was by riding a bicycle. How often do you see bike back-ups on the local sidewalk? Probably not as often as you see yourself stuck in traffic, stressing whether you’ll make it to work on time or not. Speaking of stress, exercise is one of the most efficient ways to relieve stress. Cycling allows you to pump blood through your body while getting fresh air, which relaxes your body and makes you a less-stressed individual.
Not only is cycling great for your body, it’s great for your wallet as well. The maintenance for a bicycle pales in comparison to that of a bicycle. The average cost per mile to drive a car is up to 54.1 cents, while the average cost of a bicycle in the U.S. is $385. If you drive just ten miles to work each day, you spend an average of $235 to get to-and-from work each month. If you had bought bicycle instead, it would have paid for itself in about a month and a half. Of course, it would probably be wise to invest in a helmet (~$50) and a nice backpack (~$50), but all of the equipment you need to start biking would pay for itself within two months. What if you live in an area where the climate only allows you to bike 5 months out of the year? Well, during those five months you would save over $1000 dollars, and burn about 500 calories a day on your way to work!