Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors, enjoy nature and increase your fitness levels at the same time. One of the most enjoyable ways to get out and about when the weather is good, is to get on your bike. Cycling is cheap, freeing and affordable for people of all ages.
Not convinced biking is for you? Check out these very real benefits of getting on your bike:
Many people prefer to enjoy nature with a nice walk, often because they are worried they’ll have an accident while cycling, but they might want to rethink their stance because, cycling is actually pretty safe, as long as you’re sensible about it and I is possible to burn 281 calories per hour on a gentle cycle ride. Walking for the same amount of time would only burn 176 calories, so it’s more efficient.
It’s a Fun Way to Exercise
If you groan when it’s time to go to the gym and make excuses to go running with your buddies, cycling could change the way you think about exercise and have you looking forward to every session. You see, when you’re cycling, you’re breathing in fresh cool air, exploring the local scenery and being rewarded when you beat your personal best. It feels less like exercise and more like a nice time unwinding. Of course, you can make it more difficult by pedaling g faster and tackling that one big hill in the neighborhood, but even cycling at a leisurely pace is better than sitting at home with a candy bar and Netflix on the TV.
It’s Low Impact
Where activities like running can have a significant impact on your joints because you are sitting down when you cycle, riding a bike has a low impact, which helps to prevent injuries, aches, and pains, and ensures that you can keep working out come what may. That’s why it’s a great activity to alternate with running if you want to avoid injuries.
It Gets Your Heart Pumping
Aerobic exercise is important if you want to lose fat; so spending a few hours a week with those wheels spinning will help the weight drop off. It’ll also help to tone up your legs and make your body stronger.
It’ll Take You Where You Want to Go
If you’re one of those people, who’s always telling yourself you just don’t have the time to exercise; buying a bike could change that completely. If you have a bicycle, you can use it to commute to and from work, to the shops and almost anywhere else you might wish to go within a reasonable distance. You’ll be exercising without even knowing it!
You Can Do it Forever
Some fitness activities are made for the young, and there will usually come a point when you have to give up on lifting weights or taking part in a high-energy Zumba class, but you can often go on cycling forever. You might have to take it slower, and you might have to trade in your current bike for a more comfortable recumbent, but because moderate cycling doesn’t aggravate aches and pains as you age, there are few reasons why you’d need to hang up your helmet for good.
What are the biggest benefits you get from riding your bicycle?
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.