Have you ever used a bicycle for exercise before? Do you already know you like it? I would find a way to try one out for a while to find out if I liked it before investing in one.
Also, I have been walking for exercise since November of 2008. I am in no way a fast walker, but it only takes me 18 minutes to walk a mile. If you're riding a bike that mile is gonna go by really quick. You won't be getting much of a workout with a bike there. But, if you enjoy the bike you could go on a longer ride after work. There may even be a biking club in your area. We have one in my area and I see them cycling together on weekends a lot. That may be a fun option for you.
Whether you're walking to work, or riding your bike, any movement is better than no movement. Good luck on making your decision!
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I'm going to play devil's advocate here and say anything that gets you active is good, even if you start off slowly. If you like biking and prefer it to other activities, I suggest you do what you like--you're more likely to stick to it that way. Try adding distance or some hills when you're ready. Maybe get a mountain bike or hybrid so you'll have that trail option later.
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If you're only biking a mile...you're not going to work up much of a sweat...that's only going to be like 5-10 min Personally, I think that would be a great addition to a fitness program...especially since youll be totaling 4 miles a day. Short intervals is just fine. And as you get more comfortable on the bike, you can always add time by extending your commute home around a few extra blocks.... Clean up, and off you go again! Enjoy!!
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8/17/20 1:19 P
In my opinion, biking a mile and back is not enough activity to justify spending money on a bike. Don't get me wrong - I would look for other reasons to justify a bike. (Everyone should have a bike! I love biking!)
But 1 mile on a bike burns ~30 calories or a tenth of a donut. And you're not going to work up a sweat unless you push very hard and, in that case, your ride is going to be over in just a few minutes.
At the modest pace of 10mph, it only takes 6 minutes to bike 1 mile. Neither hard enough nor long enough to break a sweat.
Sadly (in this case), bicycles are amazingly efficient! I agree with the others who suggested walking. It will be slower (at 3mph, 1 mile will take 20min) and you probably still won't break a sweat but you'll exercise more muscles and burn more calories.
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8/16/20 9:44 P
I love my bike. I am looking at a job that means I could ride it instead of taking my car. I am with you on the sweat thing. I don't feel sweat is professional unless you are a trainer or body builder. What if you rode bike at other times of the day? Your finances can answer the question for you as well. Maybe see how you like walking the 2 times a day before committing to a bike.
Does your area have any of the ride share bikes so that you could try it out? Barring that, have you looked at freecycle, your newspaper classifieds or Craig's list for a lower cost bicycle option?
The people I know who bike to work have gym and shower availability at their work or work in warehouses. Are you going to feel self conscious doing your job if you are still a little sweaty from getting there? Also, what is the weather like your area? Are you going to have to limit how often you do this because of storms?
If you like biking then I think that getting a bike would be a good investment. Using it as your transportation to and from work is a more personal decision. Perhaps a compromise could be organizing a bike ride with members of your church on a regular basis.
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My thought would be that it's worth the expense if it's an activity you enjoy, will stick with and will help you meet your goal. The only hesitation for me would be the dealing with the sweat part. If your church has a place where you can freshen up, I'd say go for it!
(Side note: You could stash some of those rinse free bathing wipes at your work. )
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8/15/20 9:59 P
I'm back to a place I do not want to be, and I am trying to find ways to begin adding activity to my life. One thought I had was to purchase a bicycle and begin riding the 1 mile to work twice a day (before and after lunch). My real question is would that be enough activity to justify spending money on a bike right now and dealing with the sweat all day at work (I'm a pastor). What are your thoughts?