Now, we all know how the old song goes: “walking in a winter wonderland”. But do you really want to find yourself traipsing through ice, puddles, and snow for extended periods of time? Battling the elements and taking a fair amount of time to get from A to B? We didn’t think so. Jogging isn’t exactly the best option either, as you’re more prone to slips and trips when you’re moving at a greater speed on unreliable off-the-beaten track road and path surfaces. We’ve all experienced a twisted ankle or two running for the bus or getting across the road in the snow, so imagine how many problems you could face taking extended daily jogs. So what are the alternatives if you want to avoid using public transport and driving? Many of us, after all, want to have as little negative environmental impact on the planet and get a little fitness into our regime. Well, cycling could be the answer for you. So, let’s determine whether it’s time for you to ditch the running shoes for wheels!
First things first, you’re going to get to where you need to be much faster when cycling instead of walking. When you walk, you can safely travel between one and four miles an hour. When you’re cycling, this jumps to between seven and twelve miles an hour. This means less time out in the elements and more time in the warm indoors without sacrificing your workout.
You may think that if you’re walking and cycling in the same weather conditions, both activities would have a similar level of risk. But think about it. Most cities, villages, and other areas now have designated cycle lanes. These will keep you out of the way of traffic, but you will still benefit from the same high levels of road maintenance that vehicle drivers enjoy. Gritter machines will spread grit on both the road and cycle lanes throughout high risk forecasts, eliminating the chances of encountering ice or black ice. You will also be wearing a helmet and have high vis additions to your clothing and lights when cycling on the roads. Pedestrians don’t have these, making them less visible to other people around them and more vulnerable if they do slip or trip. If you do experience any issues, you can also call in the help of a bicycle accident lawyer who can survey your case and proceed to provide you with compensation.
Sure, walking is good for you. But cycling is lower impact on your joints which can otherwise become stiff in the colder weather. It generally builds your cardiovascular fitness more quickly and the speed gives you an adrenaline rush which releases adrenaline and endorphins, boosting your mood. So not only is cycling great for your physical fitness, but it’s good for your mental wellbeing and happiness too!
As you can see, there are profound benefits to cycling this winter. So, check the condition of your bicycle, brush up on your bicycle safety and get out there.