Student life and bikes: a spoke-tacular relationship to promote health and wellness

Today marks the two-year anniversary of a wonderful relationship between me and my bike. To honour the occasion, I have decided to list a number of reasons why a bicycle makes the maintenance of health and wellness of any student so much easier in hopes that—if you haven’t already—you consider befriending a two-wheel transport device. bike 1.Save on time by getting there faster! Oh, the time you’ll save, and the places you’ll go, being on a bike! Campus and the city become much smaller places on a bike. Saving on time means you’ll have more time to allocate to other activities. If you’re commuting within the city, biking is oftentimes faster than public transport—and you’re getting exercise while getting somewhere at the same time. Efficiency at its best. 2. Get brainy Your bike can also help  boost cognitive processes, such as memory by increasing blood flow (and therefore oxygen) to the brain to fire and regenerate receptors. A study from Illinois University observed a 15% improvement in mental tests following a 5% improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness.1 3.Avoid being sick during midterms and hand-in dates for important assignments Stress,  weather change and lack of sleep can all contribute to lowered immunity. Being sick can really throw off a semester because it can interfere with efforts to study and work. Moderate exercise, like biking, supports a healthy immune system that is better able to fight off infections2, so you can focus on what’s in front of you! 4.Improved motivation and ability to deal with stress Motivation and the ability to deal with stress are essential to a student’s academic success. While your bike can’t cheer you on during your studies, the exercise it provides has been shown to improve time and workload management, motivation and the ability to deal with stress3. Exercise also helps rid your body of cortisol, the stress hormone4. 5.Save on coffee by feeling less tired Exercise induces better quality sleep, so you’ll wake up feeling refreshed5. If you’re ever tired from studying, a bike ride can also lower levels of fatigue6. Time to kick that coffee addiction! 6.Be happy! Life does not always pan out the way we want it to. That 65% on a midterm, or the boss’s excessive demands are just some downers we meet along the way in student life. Taking the wheels to the pavement can help take your mind off of these things and release stress. In addition, the exercise will facilitate the release of feel-good endorphins to counter these negative feelings7! Fellow cyclists, how has your bike helped you?

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