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Get on your bike and ditch the gym fees…

Save money cancel the gym membership and get on your bike…

With some gym memberships coming in at over £1200 per year, cycling could help millions incorporate exercise into their commutes.

In the quest for health, millions of Brits flock to their nearest gym, signing up for pricey memberships and slogging through repetitive workouts under fluorescent lights. Coming in at a hefty price – with the average gym coming in at around £40/month, and more expensive ones costing into the hundreds, it’s no surprise that surveys unveiled that a third of Brits are giving up their gym memberships due to the cost of living crunch.

In an era where both time and money are precious resources, Brits are opting for more efficient ways to get their fitness fix.

Oliver Montague, CEO of Swytch Technology:

“The impact commuting is having on our mental health is worrying. Over the past year we’ve had stressors on our journeys such as rail strikes, and most recently – a hike in TfL prices amidst a historic cost-of-living crisis, which have fuelled our apprehension towards public transport. Now, as workers are being incentivised to return to the office, our data reveals a shift in the way people perceive commuting and the need for Brits to adapt alternative modes of commuting such as cycling.”

New research from e-bike engineers, Swytch Technology, has revealed that 48% of those polled say that their mental health has improved after cycling or walking for a regular period of time. Coming in at a fraction of the cost, and allowing users to get a good workout in on the way to work – cycling has numerous benefits for our physical, mental and financial health. The experts at Swytch Technology unveil the health benefits of hopping on our bikes, encouraging us to look for a more optimised way to get our workouts in.

A Natural High: Unlike the gym, which can feel like a confined and artificial environment, cycling allows you to embrace the great outdoors. Hit the road, explore local trails, or meander through picturesque landscapes as you inhale the invigorating scent of nature. The feeling of wind against your face and the changing scenery provide an unparalleled sense of freedom and joy, elevating your workout to new heights.

Cardiovascular Delight: Cycling is a fantastic cardiovascular exercise that gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Pedaling at a brisk pace increases your heart rate, improving circulation and enhancing cardiovascular health. As you push those pedals, you’ll boost your endurance, strengthen your heart muscles, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Bid farewell to the monotonous treadmill and let the open road become your fitness sanctuary.

Joint-Friendly Exercise: The repetitive impact of certain gym activities can take a toll on your joints over time. However, cycling is a low-impact exercise that reduces strain on your joints while still providing a challenging workout. The fluid motion of pedalling minimizes stress on your knees, hips, and ankles, making it an ideal choice for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. E-bikes, in particular, can aid in this, allowing users to burn almost the same amount of calories as traditional cycling, whilst being less strenuous.

Cost Efficiency: One of the most appealing aspects of cycling is its affordability. While gym memberships can burn a hole in your pocket, cycling offers a budget-friendly alternative. Once you have a bicycle, the cost of maintaining and using it is significantly lower than an annual gym membership fee. Say goodbye to recurring payments and hello to a one-time investment that keeps on giving. The Swytch Kit allows anybody to transform their existing bike electric for under £500, helping users save hundreds in gym memberships.

Mental Wellness: Cycling is not only beneficial for physical well-being but also for mental health. Cycling, in particular, has a profound impact on mental wellness. The combination of physical activity, fresh air, and the release of endorphins during a ride can significantly reduce stress levels, alleviate anxiety, and boost mood. Leave the crowded gym behind and embark on a therapeutic journey that nurtures both your body and mind.

Oliver Montague, CEO of Swytch Technology:

“It’s important to realise that cycling is not only reserved for the fit and active few that live close to their offices – with e-bikes making cycling a less strenuous activity, riding to work can become a breezy and enjoyable part of your day and accessible to all. Not only is this a cost-effective way to travel, but our research has further emphasised the mental health benefits of transitioning to an active commute.”

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