Riding a bike to and from work is an easy way to exercise more, become eco-friendlier, and boost mood and energy levels throughout the day. With a little bit of extra planning, you can make time for a little adventure in your routine.
- Give yourself extra time. Before your first commute – go over the route if you can, see how long it takes you to get there without traffic. Beware that your actual travel time during rush hour might be a little bit longer. Make sure you have everything prepared the night before, including everything you need for work, as well as your clothes.
- Dress multi-functionally. If you live relatively close to your office, planning to wear two different sets of clothes might not be ideal – talk about extra cargo, and needing extra time to change once you get to the office! You do not have to dress like a cyclist to have a successful commute. However, guys might want to wait until they get in to put on their tie. If needed, bring a backpack with a spare shirt and other necessities.
- Practice safe cycling. Know the laws for cyclists and motor vehicles in your state – in certain states, a bicycle on the road is considered a motor vehicle and must follow the same rules as cars. Don’t forget to wear a helmet – the roads can be a little messy around typical business travel times and accidents happen. Locking your bike is always a good idea as well, no matter the neighborhood your office is in. Questions? Reach out to a local bike club in your area – they will have plenty of resources to prepare you for a safe and efficient commute.
- Fuel up! Just like a car needs gas, make sure you fuel up before your ride with a protein packed breakfast. It will get you energized for your ride and keep you fueled for the rest of your morning. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, because don’t forget – you must bike yourself home, too! A short stretch after each ride keeps your joints and muscles happy and healthy.
- Enjoy! A bike commute is a good time to clear your mind before and after a busy day! Take in your surroundings and enjoy the fresh air. Your bike might take you along a route you’ve never been before and it beats sitting in traffic. With just a little preparation and some muscle-work, you can reduce your carbon footprint, increase your energy levels, and start the day a little better with a commute this spring.
Expensive bikes and fancy cycling clothes are not necessary to become a bike commuter. With a little bit of extra planning and some practice, you can make cycling to and from work one of the best parts of your day.
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