If you are looking for an alternative way to get fit while having fun at the same time, then riding a bike is your next best move. Bicycling has all sorts of health benefits – both physical and mental. It engages your legs, but it is also easy on your joints, and it provides a sense of freedom.
In case you are not yet convinced, here is a list of reasons why you should hop on two wheels:
Take advantage of a nice day.
There are many ways you can enjoy nice afternoons, but riding a bike is definitely one of the most active ways you can spend your leisure time. A relaxing bike ride of less than 10 mph burns more calories than an easy walk of 2 mph – it actually burns 281 calories versus 176 calories per hour, according to NutriStrategy.
You will look forward to doing it.
We have certain exercises we dread working on. However, even if you hop on your bike and you take it seriously, there is a good chance that you will still love it despite the difficulty. Why? Because you will be rewarded with a quick, exhilarating ride! Cycling can also energize you for other exercises that you are planning to do. You can ride a bike instead of driving to the gym to be able to warm up as well as cool down from your workouts.
It is easier on your legs, knees, ankles, and feet than running.
The president of the League of American Bicyclists, Andy Clarke, says that whether you are recovering from an injury, hoping to preserve your knees to run the New York Marathon when you are older, or simply looking for a cross-training option, cycling gets your heart pumping and your legs moving without pounding your joints. While running does great to your body, it also has the potential to take its toll on you. Cycling, on the other hand, has far lower impact and it engages the muscles in your legs without as much force coming down on your knees.
It is a legitimate form of transportation.
If you are going to somewhere important like work, biking is a completely green form of transportation – not only that, it is also FREE! It provides some great exercise to boot. Andy Clarke also says that instead of slouching in front of your steering wheel cursing the rush hour traffic, cycling to work adds an additional calorie burn to your daily routine. Commute Solutions estimates the cost of a 10-mile roundtrip to work at $10 (this includes gas, maintenance, insurance, initial costs, and indirect fees). This definitely makes it’s a great idea to consider taking your bike to work instead, right?
It promotes freedom and fun.
Riding a bike may have been your means of freedom when you were younger; but it also gave way to the newfound independence of driving your first car as a teenager. The novelty of driving can be lost when you are sitting in traffic day in and day out. But biking, on the other hand, continues to offer fun and freedom. So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy the outdoors again like a kid and just hop on that bike!