Will a short commute improve fitness?
I do about 3 miles and it has made a difference I think. The main thing is to not restrict yourself to the 2.5 miles. Do that on the way in but do something a bit longer on the way home to improve the fitness. Also I went to a singlespeed – it is downhill on the way to work but going home is uphill and as I cant just put it in a small gear and pedal away I actually have to make an effort on the way home!Posted 8 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
I did a commute of 4 miles each way for 8 months. didn’t think it made much difference to my fitness.
However, now I’ve stopped doing it for around 3 months, I think it did. I start noticing tiredness after around 2 hours rather than 3 or more when out MTB’ing.
i commuted by bike mainly because it was the least worst way of commuting, and taking the long way home on a summers evening is actually very pleasant.Posted 8 years agoscu98rkrMember
I do just over 2 and I would say it makes a difference.
The good thing is you dont have to push yourself because your doing it every day. So some days your’ll feel great and just push your self without meaning to and other days your’ll take it easy.
I would say the biggest advantage is you dont lose fitness.Posted 8 years agoGaryLakeMember
As others have said, extend. Just start doing your 2.5 miles each way and once it becomes routine it’s very easy to just bolt the miles on.
Mine’s 5 miles each way but I’ll bolt on an extra 20 miles (if road bike) or 10 miles (if MTB) a few times a week. That’ll make a difference…Posted 8 years agoajfMember
Do it! So much better than any other way to get to work. easy on the way there. Take some wipes and some deo as your fellow collegues will appreciate it.
On way back do eyeballs out. Its not going to hurt your fitness.
Mine is 4 miles to work and then go the longer way back and get a couple of hours ride on the way back.
Used to run it before getting injured and was a free 40 miles running training a week before specific club training.
I now wouldn’t consider any other forms of getting to work apart from bike or run.Posted 8 years agoa11ySubscriber
Agree with most of the comments so far.
My commute’s only 4.5 miles each way, but every little helps IMO. I do descend from 175m to sea level on the way in, with the return leg having a brutal b’stard of a hill, so I suppose that contributes to maintaining my fitness a bit. I don’t push it on the way in to avoid showering, but on the way home I’ll push a bit harder, or take a longer route home, if I feel like it. The hill means I’m going to end up sweaty no matter how hard I take it on the way home.Posted 8 years agonickeggMember
It has to help. Doing something is better than nothing surely?
I commuted for 3 years an 8 mile round trip and made a big difference to my fitness. My route had 1 gradual ascent, 1 very steep out of saddle climb and another long gradual but steepish climb even though it was a short commute. I used to hammer it whenever i could and my legs are so much stronger now.
Thanks to redundancy i now do 2 or 3 30 miles off-road rides during the week as well as short sharp blasts on my old commute/hybrid thing.Posted 8 years agoMcQMember
I do 3.5miles each way. Took me 16mins when I first started, it now takes me just under 11mins, How can it not help?
Besides your not stuck on a smelly bus or being a sheep in a car.
The other posters have highlighted another great point, just increase the distance on your route, thus increasing your fitness.
Go on, do it!!!Posted 8 years ago
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