We all know about the numerous health benefits of cycling, its good for your heart, muscles and of course your waistline. Many of us also agree that cycling is also good for our mental health. Regular exercise is also responsible for boosting your immune system which is what I'm interested in as we plough through winter.
In Tokyo cycling has one HUGE undocumented health benefit that should receive much more attention. Every day millions of Tokyoites cram themselves into rush hour trains and subways, sharing the space and the air with an unknown number of sick commuters and an equally unknown number of viruses.
|Maybe this is making me paranoid?|
By removing yourself from this unhealthy environment you're decreasing your chances of picking up a nasty bug on your commute. So cycle to work, improve your health and protect yourself from nasty winter bugs.
(I write this post after heavy snowfall in Tokyo has forced me to take the train for the last two days straight. While riding the train with the masked, sniffling masses I've been reading the opening chapters of "The Stand", so maybe I'm just overly paranoid!)