3 Reasons You Need to Swap Four Wheels for Two
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Cycling will change your life and save the world
Imagine a device existed that could get you healthier, save you money and help protect the environment at the same time.
That’s not all it can do. In fact, while our device does those things extremely well, they are not even its main purpose. Our magical creation only gets better the more you think about it!
All of us are lucky because we do not have to dream up such a wonderful contraption – we can all have access to it right now.
I’m talking about the humble bicycle.
Yes, all it takes to get all of these fantastic benefits is to ditch the expensive pollution generating machine on your driveway and instead use pedal power to get around town.
But I need my car! I can hear you say at your computer screen.
I used to think that too. I live in a cold, rainy, bike-unfriendly coastal town that is a 30-minute drive to the nearest city on fast roads. But I knew the huge benefits available from cycling and was determined to give it a decent shot by starting with short journeys first before I built up to longer ones – and boy am I glad I did.
The beauty of bikes
Riding a bike as an adult takes grit. It might be raining, foggy or snowing outside and you’ve got an SUV waiting for you right there on the driveway. But instead we swing our legs over our bike frame and get peddling.
We brace our teeth against the poor weather and push on, managing to avoid the queue of cars as we cycle alongside them. When we get to our destination slightly early because we weren’t stuck in traffic, we find easy and free parking and can take our time without worrying about getting a ticket for overstaying.
This experience has already had a huge benefit on your emotional wellbeing by making you that little bit more resilient. By facing down bad weather rather than getting into the leather seated comfort of your car, you have become that bit tougher, that bit wiser, that bit better at dealing with adversity.
The next time you have to ride somewhere and there is a slight shower, you’ll think to yourself: “This is nothing. I’ve got this.”
This new attitude spills over directly into other parts of our lives, helping us deal with whatever life throws at us.
Luckily, bike riding means we also get to drop the guilt that should come with using a car for every journey. There are roughly 260 million vehicles registered in the United States.
They are responsible for massive amounts of pollution, including more than quarter (27%) of greenhouse gas emissions in the country. In fact, transportation is the second biggest source of greenhouse gasses in the United States, just behind electricity, according to government figures.
Cycling produces none of that. The only emissions will be the sweat on our brow as we melt away fat and give our heart and lungs a good workout.
Add to all this the vast sums of money we save on car insurance, fuel, parking fees and all the other costs that come with car ownership, and there really is no better time to start cycling again. Get to it!
Triple F writes about how a frugal mindset is a joy, not a chore, and will make you richer, retire earlier and find genuine happiness. Find him at FrugalFinancalFreedom.com