Cycle to Work Week

Cycling to work brings many positives – physical, mental, environmental and financial – so here’s a quick run down of why you should hop on your bike!

Cycling is a great way to improve your general health and fitness. According to the British Heart Foundation, around 10,000 fatal heart attacks could be avoided each year if people kept themselves fitter. Incorporating cycling into your daily commute is a great way to get some exercise if you’re already busy – whilst going for a swim or lifting some weight requires you to take some time out of your day, cycling to work fits in with what you already have to do.

Other physical benefits of cycling include the fact that it’s a low-impact exercise, with 70% of your body weight going through the saddle and handlebars rather than your ankles. This makes a big difference if you’re looking to lose weight, as the reduced stress on your joints means you’re less likely to get injured as you build up your stamina.

It can also help you avoid illness! According to research from the University of North Carolina, people who cycle for 30 minutes, five days a week take about half as many sick days as those who don’t.

If you regularly have to deal with the stress of late or overcrowded trains, then cycling could provide you with a double de-stressing benefit. Not only do you avoid becoming too acquainted with a stranger’s armpit, but regular exercise reduces levels the stress hormone cortisol, meaning you’ll be in a great mood once you get to work!

Of course, there are huge environmental benefits to cycling in that you’re not producing carbon emissions whilst you travel. With 49% of commutes in England and Wales under 5km (typically taking 15 minutes to cycle), there’s huge scope for emissions to be reduced.

The cost of commuting can be a burden, particularly if you work in London, so choosing to cycle instead of getting the tube could save you heaps of cash. An annual Zone 1 – 3 travel card in London costs £1,472 – whereas cycling is free apart from the cost of your bike. A good bike for commuting can cost as little as £100, with the majority of bikes available under £500 – so it makes financial sense to start cycling.

So now you know, why not consider making the switch to two wheels instead of two rails?

For more information about Cycle to Work day, please visit their website: https://www.cycletoworkday.org/

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Bethany Fruen

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Bethany Fruen

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.

 

Lawrence Mitchell

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Lawrence Mitchell

I am Chief Customer Officer of SumoSalad, former Chief Marketing Officer at RELX: Risk & Analytics and Founder of RAW Energy. Having worked in publishing for 20 years, living through the first phases of the digital revolution, I’m used to disruption, uncertainty and transformation. But through all of this, my belief in putting the customer at the heart of an organisation by leveraging data analytics has helped multiple brands innovate, evolve and transform. 

I’m a huge advocate for promoting wellness in the workplace which is central to our Jump mission, and created the award-winning RBI Living Well programme. Through my RAW Energy platform, I support business and community leaders to be more resilient, more authentic and more focused on wellbeing.  A regular contributor to marketing, customer experience and wellness forums, I’ve written three books including Success without Stress: How to Prevent Burnout and Build Resilience for Optimal Health & Performance. 

Mark Lance

Finance & Company Secretary

Mark Lance

I helped Graham set up Jump in 2011 and it’s great to be involved in such a dynamic, growing business where I can apply my specialism in corporate compliance to ensure we are meeting our statutory and financial obligations.  I am an associate of the Association of International Accountants (for whom I also act as a quality advisor) and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. 

Alongside Jump, I’m a director of Cornhill Group, a corporate service business in London advising the boards of businesses in a wide variety of sectors including shipping, energy, media and aviation, and I’m also a director of a global energy trader. 

Rob Metcalfe

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Rob Metcalfe

Alongside Jump, I’ve been helping clients get their message across for over 30 years,
most recently as chief executive of Richmond & Towers, the longest
established public relations consultancy in the UK.  A Chartered Marketer,
I’m increasingly helping clients frame their message around sustainability,
particularly in food, waste and energy. The Guardian once described me as being
the “evil genius who got us all hooked on avocados”, a claim I don’t deny.

Since helping Graham get Jump set up in 2011 I’ve enjoyed communicating about a
subject where there is a great willingness among companies and individuals to
do the right thing,  but understanding what practical action to take isn’t
always obvious. 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

Graham Simmonds

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work. 

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