With the recent warm weather, it’s clear to see that summer is well and truly on the horizon. And if you’re considering a cool and breezy cycle into work as opposed to stifling public transport or a stuffy, boring car-ride, we can’t blame you.
Cycling your morning commute offers more predictable travel times and a breath of fresh air, not to mention the fact that it’s an eco-friendly alternative to motor vehicles. And it can also help your waistline! Burning those few extra calories before you’ve even started your working day is a great way to ensure you get your recommended minutes of daily exercise.
But, for all the benefits of cycling to work, there’s just one small problem – sweat! So, here at Turvec, we’ve put together our 3 top tips to help you beat the heat this summer and ensure your active commute doesn’t get in the way of your day.
It’s a good idea to plan your route so you can include as many quiet, shaded streets as possible. Cycling amongst the traffic can not only be intimidating but will also make you feel warmer due to the vast number of fumes being emitted from each vehicle as you pass.
Luckily, there are lots of route-plotting apps available to help you with this, so experiment with the different options to find which one is right for you.
If your commute is particularly lengthy or you don’t feel comfortable cycling on busy main roads, you might even decide to ride part of the way, then leave your bike in a bike locker or attached to a bike rack and walk, drive, or use public transport for the rest of the journey..
This way, you’re still enjoying the great outdoors on your way into work, and you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your bike is ready and waiting for your return home. Just make sure you plan by devising a route beforehand and checking your local area for available bike storage.
Staying hydrated is a crucial part of ensuring you don’t overheat or get to work feeling ill or dizzy after your morning commute.
Make sure you carry a bottle of water with you at all times and remember to keep sipping it at regular intervals throughout the ride. It’s also important that, once you’re in work, you keep drinking water throughout the day to replace any fluids you have lost as a result of sweating during your active commute.
Try to leave your house an extra 10-15 minutes earlier than you usually do to ensure you have enough time to cool off and freshen up after your commute. .
Many offices now include showers and changing rooms to accommodate us busy commuters, but if this isn’t something currently available to you, a good option is always joining a gym or leisure centre near your office so that you can use the facilities there before you head into work.
Of course, that’s only if it’s needed, though! You may find that, after a leisurely-paced ride, all you need to do is whip off your helmet, smooth down your hair and you’ll be ready to start the day.
Ultimately, the best way to know what will work for you on your active morning commute is to try it out for yourself and experiment with different options.
Whatever you choose to do, remember to slow down, stay safe and enjoy! A workspace that includes a secure cycle shelter or compound will put your mind at rest when you’re locking up your bike. For any questions you have concerning your cycle security – feel free to contact us today.