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Cycling: Pedaling our way towards a better and greener future
Somya Raghuwanshi
Content Writer @ Earth Root Foundation, Jai Hind College, Mumbai
(Published on: 31 July, 2020 @10 PM)

 It is said that you can never forget swimming and cycling once you learn it. While most of us remember it cognitively, very few apply that knowledge practically. It seems like most of us have forgotten the benefits of cycling to the environment and to our health. In the contemporary world, it’s becoming more and more difficult to stay fit and physically active. There is a sense of urgency and a desire for effective multitasking. With the current office culture, fitness has taken a backseat for many individuals as they immerse themselves in work.

On a macro level, the environment is depleting due to climate change. Also known as global warming, it refers to the ongoing rise of the average temperature of the Earth's climate system. It is largely attributed to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

As Leonardo Di Caprio said, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.” It is imperative that we work towards curbing climate change on both micro and macro levels.

Cycling can be an optimal solution to both these problems. It has the capacity to tackle two of the major issues we’re currently facing; climate change and the need to stay fit. Let us look at both the aspects separately -

1. Environment

With the current rate of depletion of fossil fuels, it has become imperative to shift to cleaner and renewable sources of energy. The usage of fossil fuels is also responsible for climate change. The fumes produced after burning them is the major contributor to air pollution. Cycling solves both of these issues by acting as a more efficient and eco-friendly alternative to vehicles. It is especially beneficial as it cuts the entire cost of fuel and saves time because you don’t get stuck in traffic jams.

2. Health

Cycling is a healthy low-impact exercise i.e it is less strenuous than other exercises. It also engages all the major muscle groups of your body, giving you a full-body workout. An aerobic exercise, cycling increases your stamina if done consistently over a period of time. If used as a mode of transport, it is time-efficient as it replaces sedentary time occupied in travelling with an exercise. By incorporating it in your daily schedule you can see wonders in your physical and mental health. It is a known fact that exercise stimulates the production of endorphins which are the body’s natural mood elevators and painkillers. 

 So let us begin our journey on cycles to help the environment and ourselves on an individualistic level.

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