Active Living Blog

Biking to work…increases my attendance?

Posted: Mar 30, 07:08 AM

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (March 30, 2012) – How could biking to work possibly increase your attendance record? Doesn’t it take longer and cause you to be late for work? The OPPOSITE is actually true.

Recently, a question was posted to a Bike Commuter online discussion group I’m a part of, “Link between commuting by bike and attendance at work?” There wasn’t an overwhelming discussion on the topic, but here are my thoughts I shared with that group and will now share with you.

Bicycling to work, first of all, allows me to work less. Although I don’t bike year round, during the months I do commute to work by bike I save more than $100 a month over car drivers who pay for gas and insurance. There are also definite health benefits to bicycling to work, in addition to the economic benefit, that for me include increased energy, toned muscles, shift in focus to eat for nutrition, and healthy blood pressure. This has been an equation for healthy living, which keeps my attendance record at work in good shape.

I highly recommend biking to work. It’s a great way to start the day by getting the blood pumping (literally!), clearing your mind, and especially here around Lake Bemidji and connecting trails – enjoy the beautiful scenery. What an amazing way to start the day! You may even catch a sunrise or sunset, depending upon when you commute.

See you on the trails!

Natalie Gille, Bemidji resident and outdoor enthusiast