There are many reasons to encourage people to ride bikes in Phoenix but it is also important to remember that many bike accidents occur every year. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can offer you a free legal consultation with an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney if you are involved in a bike accident. Otherwise, read on to learn some of the reasons that bike commuting can be so wise.
- Added Sun Helps Boost Happiness
- Increased Activity During the Day Can Help Improve Sleep
- Exercise is Great for Your Cardiovascular System
Most people are very aware that fresh air can help wake them up, mind and body. New research shows that biking can help increase sunlight exposure and that it can have the same effect. Of course, you want to be careful not to get too much as you can become overexposed and dehydrated. However, a safe amount of sun in the morning can increase Vitamin D levels and help improve your overall happiness and alertness.
There are many studies that show exercising during the day helps people sleep better at night, and a recent study from the Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center has found that people who ride their bikes to work do sleep better at night. They believe that it is the combination of physical activity, sun exposure, and outdoor activity, all of which can help regulate circadian rhythms while also reducing the stress hormone cortisol.
Of course, you do not have to ride a bike to work to get these benefits. If you cannot ride a bike, or do not want to, find another way to get exercise outside. Choose something that is safe and comfortable but will get your heart rate up.
Most people know there are many benefits to exercise – especially to the cardiovascular system – yet many do not feel they have time to get the workout they need. Unfortunately, the consequences of this can be very severe. According to one study, if people were fit, 10,000 fatal heart attacks would be prevented each year.
Another study, this one by Purdue University, found that regularly riding a bike can reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 50%. When a person does not exercise because they do not have time, exercising on the way to and from work is a great way to get the exercise they need without having to find extra time.
Let Us Help You if You Are Injured in a Bike Accident
Of course, there are risks involved in riding a bike. If you are injured or a loved one is killed while riding, please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation and to determine what your options are.