The benefits of biking to work

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Have you ever considered riding your bike to work? Many people would say they do not have enough time in the morning to bike to work, or their office building is too far away. Even with challenges like this, there are still people who bike to work almost every day—even if they do live far away.

There are many perks when it comes to biking to work such as getting a workout in every morning/evening, reducing car emissions, close parking to the building (pictured above is a bike barn located right outside a Gundersen Health system office building), and the fact that you will be setting a positive example of a healthy lifestyle for your coworkers, family, and friends.

If you are someone who wants to start biking to work but you don’t know where to start, consider taking small steps to begin with, such as purchasing a light weight bike that is meant to travel long distances, or getting a basket to carry your work items in. Then find a route to take to work and practice on a weekend and see if it something you can manage. If you are satisfied with your bike route, consider inviting coworkers to bike with you, or maybe you bike to work in the morning and a friend drives you home in the evening. Or perhaps begin with biking only a couple times per week, then start biking more often. Some office buildings even have locker rooms with showers so you can clean up before you start work. There are many ways you can start—you just have to try!

May is national bike month, and recently La Crosse, WI, participated in the Bike to Work week. Businesses can compete against each other to see which business can get the most people to bike to work, and some businesses even hold competitions within their organization to influence their employees to take on healthy lifestyles. Perhaps an event such as this will get you or your own company more interested in biking to work. Not only will you be benefiting yourself if you bike to work, but you will also be benefiting the environment!

Learn about other ways to help the environment. Visit www.gundersenenvision.org.

 

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