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Get Fit & Enjoy Nature While Cycling

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With the weather nice and warm, now is as good a time as ever to get yourself and those you love outside! Is there a better way to exercise than to be out in the warm sunshine, feeling that cool breeze cross over you? Dust off your bike, bring the family, and get in a great workout! Sure, it may have been a while, but now is the perfect time to start.

Ages Ago
Think back to the last time you rode a bicycle. If you are like many people, it was probably ages ago, perhaps even when you were a kid. You’d pick up your bike and head down the street to a neighbor’s house, or have races with your siblings. Maybe you even biked around campus in college. But, somewhere along the line, like many people, you stopped. If you still own a bike, it might be buried in the garage under years of other things. And yet, many incorporate the stationary bike at the gym into their workouts. What’s stopping you from bringing this workout outside and enjoying an old pastime again? It will be much more enjoyable that staying one place!

Build Your Own Workout
Cycling is a great aerobic activity, not matter how fast a pace you choose. And that is exactly what is great about it: you can choose exactly how strenuous you want the exercise to be, whether that means scaling a mountain or relaxing on a flat course. You can pick and tailor it to how you feel that day. It’s easy to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping. In the process, you’ll not only be toning your leg muscles, but you’ll also be cutting your risk of heart disease, lowering blood pressure and building strength while enjoying great cardio workout. Over time, you’ll be able to go farther, faster.

Plus, you’re in the sunshine! Sun exposure allows your body to obtain vitamin D (but don’t forget the sunblock if you're out for more than 15 minutes). When compared to running, cycling is a low-impact sport, so you will be giving your knees a break instead of pounding the pavement. All that you need is a decent pair of shoes, a good bike and a helmet. A little wobbly at first? With time, you will be riding that bike just like the pros do it. Just be patient and be careful.

Save the Earth
What is stopping you from spreading your exercise ambitions to others? Get a buddy involved, or even the whole family! You’ll be motivated to ride more often with the help of others, and it can even be fun! (Exercise can be fun? Imagine that.) Chances are there is a bike trail somewhere in your community. If you are lucky enough to be able to bike to work or even to the store, why not take advantage? This is especially helpful if you find it hard to fit exercise into your daily routine. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone. What’s more, you’ll be saving the environment from your car exhaust. What could be better?

So while the sun is shining, leave the gym and get moving! It will be a great addition to your fitness routine.

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Liz Noelcke Liz Noelcke
Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.

Member Comments

  • I rode one of the kids bike a couple of years ago. But where I live there is no sidewalk and the traffic is very heavy and peoples drive crazy. - 5/16/2013 7:44:04 AM
  • Living in Hawaii, I can ride pretty much year round. I have an inexpensive Walmart special, but I am looking forward to an up-grade! - 3/25/2012 3:21:01 PM
  • I was just talking about bringing my bike into the shop to have it checked. Still lots of snow and ice but I so want to get out on my bike. Nothing like it. - 2/19/2012 8:17:18 AM
  • MOOSHKA19
    Training for event like Tour de Cure is very motivating. Don't overdue in the beginning! And if you can ride with a group, including people who are better riders and who can teach you, is great. The first ride I went out on I could hardly do 2 miles. Yesterday I did 28 miles and wasn't tired at the end. Here's advice I heed: go easy when it's hard, go hard when it's easy. - 6/13/2011 8:10:44 AM
  • i live in beijing so bikes for many people are their main form of transportation. there are cycle lanes everywhere and the roads are really great for cycling on. i ride everyday to work which is usually only around 12 minutes each way, but its great fun trying to weave in and around the huge traffic jams. I spend my journey laughing at people crammed into hot cars going nowhere fast . its a great way to see the city ( if anyone visits you must rent a bike) and i love watching chinese life as i breeze on by. not sure what i`ll do during winter though....hmmm - 9/28/2010 11:22:46 AM
  • There's just something about zipping along really fast & then coasting for a ways that is amazing! I love getting up speed & biking really hard down hills & then gliding on the flat fora long ways. I don't like the bugs that like to fly in my face, but that's the only thing I DON'T like about biking. It's a wonderful way to get further than walking'll take me. I can stop & look at the scenery if I want, &, since I don't listen to music when outside, unless others are playing it, I can hear the sound of the wind & those of nature as I go. I'm hooked on riding, & each ride reels me in even closer to the shore. It's so cool, & definitely my favourite way to go these days. :D - 3/27/2010 7:26:09 PM
  • BLAKEEEE
    I love riding... my entire family comes with me ,in the winter I stay indoor and cycle..so much FUN... - 3/27/2010 4:53:58 PM
  • KAKIPOPUP
    I'm going riding today - temps in the 30's but clear, bright, & sunny - should be wonderful!

    - 3/27/2010 8:52:06 AM
  • Cycling is terrific exercise, social and a great way to see the world. Also, eco-friendly. - 2/26/2010 12:52:06 AM
  • CBOGGS2
    wow! so many folks have forgotten all about the fun they had as a kid! welcome back to the days of being free and have fun again. I have taken up the bike riding as my get away to freedom and get the exercise I love. Yes, you will get noticed of your new legs and thighs will be smaller too! keep up the great freespirt feeling. - 2/1/2010 9:10:45 PM
  • BRIBIEN
    Biking is my mode of transportation. I go to work, the grocery store, the gym, everywhere on it. Heres a little side effect- you will get massive thighs. Yes, it is all muscle and it's great for you. BUT I had to buy all new jeans with extra stretch not bc of the waist but bc my thighs got so big! :) Im not complaining just a friendly note to all those cyclists! - 10/21/2009 10:36:08 PM
  • I live on a hillside (very steep) and on a busy main thoroughfare where people routinely zoom by my house at 45/50 miles per hour (yes, cars have hit houses...).

    I'm hesitant to ride and don't always have the time/enthusiasm to load the bike up and go to the bike trail.

    Maybe next spring... - 10/21/2009 10:47:41 AM
  • I recently bought a bike and I just love it!!!! I have taken my granddaughter riding with me and she says I ride to far. lol...I love it. I plan to ride farther and farther every time...All you bike riders out there keep it up... - 10/21/2009 10:44:52 AM
  • In Jan.2009, I suffered a back injury. This acourse stop me from working and exerising. My hubby bought me a land cruiser bike and i rode it about a half a block.I suffered with a lot of pain that night, but I can't wait to do it again. I have always love riding and it kept my weight down. I wonder if it will do the same, since i can't really do anything physical. ANY advice ? - 9/30/2009 12:52:26 AM
  • TMRA56
    I started riding again about two months ago. At first I could hardly go one mile on the lowest speed. (I live in the country with dirt roads and lots of hills) Now I am up to seven miles and I can keep the speed between 14 and 17. I really enjoy it now. I usually see lots of deer and rabbits while I ride. - 9/28/2009 8:41:22 PM
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