WHY SCUBA DIVERS SHOULD START BIKING MORE
Did you know that May is National Bike Month around the globe? With our reliance on motor vehicles, it can be easy to forget about another convenient and more fun, albeit slower, form of transportation: the bicycle. The League of American Bicyclists among many other bike enthusiast groups brings awareness of the celebrated event, highlighting its benefits for health, economy, and the environment.
Think scuba divers can’t benefit from riding a bike more? Think again. Let’s take a look at the top reasons why scuba divers should start biking more (starting this month).
The most important benefit of biking for scuba divers surrounds the dive: Biking more is going to improve your dives. Biking presents a unique two-fold fitness benefit: First, it puts your legs through a tough workout, building strength and lean tissue. That extra strength is going to be a blessing as you swim through rough current. Second, it improves your cardiovascular capacity, helping you to dive longer on the same tank of air.
Saves You Money
How much do you spend on gas each week? If you use public transportation, what’s the monthly cost? Biking a few days each week – or all week – can help you save money since you won’t have to worry about constantly filling up or buying passes. That money can then be saved and used on future diving trips or diving gear.
Better for the Environment
With global temperatures on the rise due to climate change, everyone needs to do their part to ensure we pass on a sustainable planet to the next generation. Biking more can help to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, allowing you to lower your carbon footprint.
Back to the Present Moment
How many times have you spaced out while driving. Many of us enter auto-pilot when we get into the car and drive to work because we’ve seen the same route over and over again from behind the windshield. Biking requires you to be alert and aware of your surroundings, helping to bring you back to the present moment. You’ll be able to see that route to work in a new way, and it may help you appreciate your environment more.
See Your Neighborhood
Being so focused on getting from Point A to Point B, many of us have never explored our own neighborhoods. Biking allows you to see your own neighborhood in a new way. You may even discover that your neighborhood is bicycle friendly, pointing you in the direction of bike trails, new sights, and adventure that takes place on land, not in the ocean.
Do You Plan on Biking in May?
Will you do your part this May and join the rest of the world in celebrating National Bike Month? Do you already bike to work? What benefits have you noticed since you started biking? Tell us about it in the comments below!