Most of us started out riding a big wheel, moved on to training wheels, before finally graduating to the bicycle and never realized the physical benefit of what we were doing. Bike riding is one of the easiest ways of exercising. You can ride virtually anywhere, anytime, at any pace. It’s usually one of the most cost effective, not requiring a gym membership. My buddies and I, as kids, would find different bike parts and put them together ourselves, if anything you can say they were “Unique”. No matter what type of bike you have, all you need is a bike, time to ride, and motivation.
According to Bedford Borough Council ” Adults who are physically active are 20–30% less likely to die early (premature death) and have up to half (50%) the risk of developing major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers.” Studies also show Cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%, according to the British Medical Association. Those last two statements alone should be enough to get everyone on a bike hunt!
Understandably so, cycling is also a great workout for the legs. The quads, glutes, and calves are used just to get you rolling. Partner that with steering the bike and now you’re toning and sculpting the upper body. Want to make it a bit more challenging? “Find a hill that takes three to 10 minutes to climb,” suggests Rebecca Rusch, a world-champion mountain bike racer. “Ride up two or three times, spending roughly half the time pedaling out of the saddle. Pedaling while standing engages your core and triceps as you stabilize your body over the bike.” Add on a little fun by strapping on a heart rate monitor and challenge yourself.
Need a little more incentive? With the gas averaging $3.48 per gallon, think of all that you can save. This also brings on the bragging rights that you are doing your part in keeping our air clean. That’s a Win Win!!