New Delhi: 50-year-old Rizwan Uddin, Regional Commissioner, Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), commutes to his office on a cycle everyday. He pursues cycling as a hobby and has reasons to believe that cycling contributes to positive lifestyle. His office is around 5 km away from his home and he is in habit of using cycle as a mode of transportation in past eight years. He resides at Sector 22 in Dwarka.
Rizwan says, “When you travel by your car and motorbikes then it consumes fuel and incurs you greater expenses. It can affect you financially. Moreover, it is an option which is good for your health.”
Delhi is a city which is battling continuously with the menacing pollution. People were quite enthusiastic when they saw air getting cleaner during the lockdown. But it came back to square one when everything opened.
Rizwan says, “When you breathe in a clean and green environment, you are in a state of bliss. Small towns like Narsinghgarh near Bhopal, Chaukhal on Tehri Srinagar road in Garhwal, Uttarakhand and places like Kanataal provide such serene surroundings. These places are preferred by cycle riders. Cycling impacts our emotional well-being. It is related to happiness.”
Rizwan continues, “If 20 per cent of people start riding a bicycle then it will reduce pollution as well as make the city smart. In many countries, it has become an important part of urban planning.”
On asking whether there is a connection between widespread practice of cycling and happiness, he says, “Netherlands is one country which features in the list of happiest countries and it is very active in promoting cycling. When you use cycles as a mode of transportation, it saves your time and contributes to your positive lifestyle.” The Netherlands features in the list of the 10 happiest countries in the world. According to reports, there are more bicycles than people in the Netherlands.
According to a research conducted by the University of Glasgow in 2017, “Those who cycle to work have 41 per cent lower risk of dying from all causes than people who drive or take public transport.”
It has been proved in the past that exercise particularly increases happy chemicals like dopamine and oxytocin. Ask any cyclist around you and he or she will tell their epic experiences. They will also tell how biking is a great way for mood changing and a great way to get your heart pumping.