We’ve all heard of the common reasons to cycle. It keeps you fit, you avoid the congested underground and it’s cheaper. However, there’s a new reason I just came across, that I was wondering if you guys would agree with.
I’m currently reading The Power of Habits. It’s a fascinating book that I’d recommend to anyone. A particular story that caught my attention was about exercise. The author, Charles Duhigg, calls exercise a “keystone habit”. He discovered that those who form a habit of exercise, or in our case cycling, start to form other habits more easily.
According to Charles Duhigg, “When people start habitually exercising, even as infrequently as once a week, they start changing other, unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly. Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and become more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed.”
Therefore, if your aim is to learn Spanish, floss twice a day or drink less coffee, then you are more likely to be able to achieve it thanks to your cycling.
There’s a number of reasons for this, though the author doesn’t go in to them. I’d imagine that we like to be congruent in our decisions. As such your mind thinks “I cycle now, I’m a healthier person and a healthier person smokes less”.
However, I do also believe that someone likely to create a cycling habit, is perhaps someone also more likely to achieve changes in other areas of their lives.
Either way, it’s an interesting one to think about this Friday morning as you head in to work.
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