Is your bicycle hanging by its tire in the garage? If so, pull it down and take it for a spin. Bicycling is a great way to get fit and reduce your carbon footprint. It’s also a fun way to explore your city and get your kids to get off the couch.
FEEL THE BURN
Riding your bike is an effective fat burner. A 150 pound woman who rides her bike for an hour at a leisurely pace of around 10 mph will burn 273 calories. Up that pace to a vigorous one (14-16 mph) and you’ll scorch 682 calories!
While you’re burning calories cycling will infuse your muscles with strength and increase your endurance and lung capacity. It’s also easy on your joints, so is appropriate for any age or ability.
BIKE TO WORK
If you work not too far from home, consider riding your bike. Sure, your hair might get flattened on the way, but you’ll feel energized once you’ve arrived that will carry you throughout the day.
Leaving your car at home will also save you gas money and car maintenance and is good for the environment.
Many large communities are starting bike share programs where you can rent a bike and use it for the day. You serve yourself by swiping a credit card, unlocking the bike, and you’re off.
JOIN A CLUB
Some communities offer bike clubs where you can go on an organized ride with a group of cyclists at your level. As your endurance improves, you can move up to a group that is more advanced.
For more of a challenge, look for mountain bike trails in your community. You can get a great work out and enjoy the beauty of nature.