With spring on its way many of us will be thinking about getting out more, upping our exercise a little, and taking more time to enjoy the great outdoors in Swansea.
Swansea Bayways is a great new initiative to help us all walk and cycle more, by making some simple tweaks to our regular routines, and by swapping the short journeys we tend to make most regularly by car – and walking or cycling them instead.
Swansea Bayways is Swansea Council’s new active travel campaign, promoting its walking and cycling network that is unlocking new walking and cycling routes in and around the City for people to commute to work, go to the shops, and everything in-between. Swansea Bayways offers around 118km of off-road, high quality walking and cycling routes and infrastructure, with more routes are being added all the time – so it couldn’t be easier to get involved.
Why get on your bike or on your feet?
There are a host of benefits to walking or cycling more, and to making these habits an embedded part of your life. Walking or cycling for short journeys can help you:
- Save time
- Save money
- Get fitter and healthier
- Enjoy a cleaner, quieter, safer Swansea Bay
- Lower your carbon footprint
- See your local surroundings in a new light
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Lower your stress levels
- Sleep more soundly
- Be happier!
Walking is a great way to improve or maintain health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. And, of course, walking is free, and you don’t need any special equipment or training to do it.
Cycling is also a great form of low-impact exercise. Studies show that as little as 10 minutes of cycling improves mood. It is also gentle on the joints, so it is great for people who have joint or mobility issues. One recent study, in Taiwan, asked more than 400,000 adults how much they exercised and tracked those answers over eight years. It found that just 15 minutes of exercise each day correlated with a three-year increase in life expectancy. So there is everything to gain from opting to leave the car if it’s not far.
The endorphins released by cycling can do great things for your mood, and, if you haven’t cycled since childhood, let’s not underestimate the confidence boost you will get from mastering the art of two wheeled travel again!
Did you know that a third of our daily journeys are less than a mile away? Have a think about the regular journeys you make that are less than a mile, such as, going to work or college, walking the children to school, going to work meetings. Why not plan to do some of them on foot or by bicycle, using our Journey Planner? Happy walking and cycling!