There are two more weeks before circuit breaker ends. Whether you want to start cycling or not, you should consider buying a bike now. There are many reasons to start cycling, beyond just strengthening your immunity. This includes now, after circuit breaker, and even after the COVID-19 situation ends. The coronavirus has changed a lot of people’s way of life. Many people have already been cycling before the coronavirus. However, because of COVID-19, cycling might become the new normal. From Colombia to the UK to Korea, many countries are now promoting citizens to start cycling. With that in mind, it may be time to get ahead of the curve and start cycling now than later. There are bike shops open for business online, even now during the circuit breaker period. Hence, try looking around!
Start Cycling as an Alternative Mode of Transport
There are many reasons to start cycling. Firstly, you can go much further on a bicycle. Apart from strengthening your immunity against COVID-19, travelling on a bike is also a good form of exercise.
Additionally, you don’t have to worry about crowded public transport, especially during the COVID-19 period. Cycling is perhaps one of the best modes of transport. It’s extremely safe. In 2016, there were 19 fatal accidents. By comparison, there were 3410 motorcycle accidents.
Furthermore, keeping healthy and avoiding public transport cuts down on health bills and public transport bills. Hence, you can think of a bike as a long term investment. Furthermore, you don’t have to buy gas for a bicycle as you do for a car. It runs on leg power, which gives you more reason to “refuel” with a snack or two.
Start Cycling to Boost Productivity
Cycling boosts productivity. By cycling in the morning, this gets your body ready to start the day. When you start cycling, it gets your heart pumping and warms up your body. This boosts your blood circulation. Your energy and metabolism levels go up.
UK experts found that cycling before work or at lunchtime improved employees’ time and workload management. Additionally, it boosted their motivation and stress management. They even took fewer breaks and found it easier to finish work on time.
Exercise reduces the level of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Additionally, it stimulates the production of endorphins. These are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.
Cycling is healthier than caffeine. Although coffee may seem like a harmless morning boost, caffeine raises anxiety. The increased energy and alertness lasts about 3-4 hours. However, your body may need more over time as it becomes less effective or even immune. Contrary, experts in the UK found that heavy consumers trying to “cure headaches” may be drinking to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Why Start Cycling Now?
Of course, you don’t have to wait until the circuit breaker is over to start cycling. You can start now! Furthermore, if your schedule changes and your motivation wears off, your mind might come up with more reasons not to start.
If you’re worried your body has forgotten how to cycle after a while, don’t worry! Skills like cycling are considered procedural memory. Even if you have not cycled in a long while, your body remembers it. However, your muscles work differently. Give yourself a few days to a few weeks to get used to the wheels. That way, you can know your limits. You can adjust your goals and expectations. Moreover, it is not fun to run out of steam halfway when travelling somewhere far.
Start now! The benefits only start after you start pedalling.
Consider Buying a Foldable Bike
All of MightyVelo’s folding bikes are LTA compliant. If you are feeling too tired to cycle that day, you can take your bike with you to the MRT or bus. Furthermore, it’s small enough to store in the corner of your house. They won’t lose out to an ordinary bike. Even the classic Birdy has a whopping 8-speeds. However, if you want more, our highest speed bike is the New Touring Birdy Bike at 24-speeds.
So, if you are looking for bike shops open during this circuit breaker period, Try MightyVelo! Our online store is open for business. MightyVelo is the official distributor for Pacific Cycles in Southeast Asia. Our Mechanics have been trained directly at Pacific Cycles HQ in Taiwan and can do proper maintenance and repair work on our bicycles. Every bicycle comes with a 2-year warranty on frame and 1-year warranty on parts.