It's common knowledge that bicycling does fantastic things for your heart, brain, and overall well being. Yet, what you might not know is how awesome it is for your productivity at work. Yep! That's right, people who bike not only feel great but produce great work too. Many factors contribute to this, here are a few of the key points:
- To being with, biking to work raises an employees productivity by an average of 15 percent. This can be a total game changer for some people! When you arrive to work having already raised your heart rate, you're in a much better place to get to work and stay focused.
- As it turns out, a bike ride a day also keeps the doctor away. Cyclists, on average live two years longer than non-cyclist and take 15 percent fewer days off due to being sick. For employers, thats fantastic news becuase this means employess who bike spend much less in health care costs.
- Physically fit employees typically make 27 percent fewer task errors than their less active coworkers. How exactly? Aerobic exercise such as biking requires your brain to make multiple fast decisions in a short period of time. This increases your ability to multi-task successfully thus increasing your ability to self correct while working.
Less stress! Everyone knows it can be hard to focus when you are stressed. Luckily, Bikers have a leg up in that department! Biking can be a fantastic way to de-stress and zen out before and after work helping you to have a happier and more productive life.
If you find yourself hesitiating to ride a bike to work because of distance or sweat, consider transitioning to an ebike, or taking public transportation part of the way and biking the rest!
One other fantastic benefit of biking to work, is that some companies can offer a reimbursement for your ecofriendly commute. For more info, refer to League of American Bicyclist and talk to your company to see if you qualify.