Oxfordshire Mind are proud to support Cycle to Work Day 2020. Cycling can help to improve physical well-being, alongside our mental well-being. Walking for Wellbeing Lead, Francesca, explains more:
Physical benefits of cycling:
- Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
- A good muscle workout– cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
- Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
- Good for strength and stamina– cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
- As intense as you want– cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
- A fun way to get fit– the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
- Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.
Oxfordshire Mind is a member of the Cycle Scheme, which gives staff the opportunity to purchase a bike tax free, saving around 32% of the cost. You can purchase most bikes from your local bike shop and its good for your health and the environment too.